Wednesday, April 28, 2010

An Exposed Wizard

A great voice frightens a cowardly lion, bewilders a brainless scarecrow, and alarms a heartless tin man as a little girl with awful red kicks seeks to follow an elusive golden thoroughfare. If I only had a brain meets pusillanimous blubbering and ungainly rackety metal sauntering. An endeavor spear-headed by the tenant of what should be a picnic table cloth but fashioned to form a dress climaxes with the unveiling of a great wizard to be only a diminutive man. Behind a curtain these four friends discover the great wizard is merely human, limited to a microphone and nifty cinematography. This great exposition reveals a source of an outwardly experienced phenomenon. An unseen variable dictates exaggerated output. What you see is not what you get. The great wizard is a gimmick that should resonate with people of faith.


Adjectives ascribed to people of faith are not very becoming on the large majority. Uptight, judgmental, awkward, brash. Words are powerful, especially those derived from an outside perspective. Self perception is delusional. This is a fact that should be taken into account more often. How does the bible describe people of faith? What adjectives are used to describe those who claim Jesus as the Christ and Lord of their lives? These questions oblige clarity of the term adjective. An adjective modifies a noun or a pronoun by describing, identifying, or quantifying words. An adjective usually precedes the noun or pronoun which it modifies. A noun is a person place or thing. There is a direct relationship between noun and adjective. An adjective requires a noun. So in describing what a Christian is or is not what is the noun, what exactly are we describing, what is the person, place, or thing? The noun is Christian is it not, this question seems almost rhetorical, but actually opens up to more than meets the eye.

Christian is not a noun, it is an adjective. The disciples were called Christians first at Antioch (Acts 11:26). If a disciple is called a Christian, he is described to be that something, which makes Christian an adjective rather than a noun. Christian was an insulting adjective ascribed to those following Christ; their lifestyles were such that they were called little Christs. This adjective, Christian, is given to a group of men who are following Jesus and living life like it matters. The person is the noun then right? Again, this appears to be another rhetorical question, but drives for further explanation and maddening of your reading experience I’m sure. When you describe a person what do you describe? Adam has tattoos, is funny, has nice style, is analytical, etc. These descriptions only depict perceptions of an outer world. My person, who I am, does not have tattoos, my body does. Me, who I am, does not have nice style, my style is an indication of my preferences. So who am I then? Who are the disciples? Who are Christians? What the heck is the noun already right? The descriptions and adjectives attributed to a person express only who their inner being is, their soul, their conscience, their true being. This noun is the foundation upon which so many adjectives stand. Like the little man behind a curtain our soul is truly who we are. The experience the world or even ourselves perceive is only the outcome or evidence of the inner person, the true being.

Carrying on, any description of a person is evidence, unless false accusations, of their true being. The experience of faith is something you are not something you do. This does not need to be misinterpreted as saying actions are not important though. Actions are only reflections of a being though. In my experience I have met many people who want to do certain things so badly because it is what they should be doing or they avoid things they should not be doing. Why though, why try to do something or avoid another thing? What is the basis of reason for such behavior or thought processes? By doing good things a person becomes good. By doing bad things a person becomes bad. If a Christian is supposed to be something is it truly even applicable to try to do these things? If action only reveals identity then it would be foolish to act in contrast to your identity. Your identity cannot reveal something that it is not. External factors cannot reveal something other than what the true identity is. Behavior or morality truly cannot be a method or process. Behavioral efforts may dupe spectators, but ultimately cannot change the being. Doing will not change being. Exertion cannot amend character.

In following this cognitive path then, what is the big works hoopla that burdens so many people really about? I fell victim to this burden and was oppressed by its appeal early in my faith and still have daily quarrels with it. Common questions of self examination given by leaders to those followers in the faith are, what can you do for the Lord, what more can you give, what more can you do, how can you become more effective for the kingdom, what are you willing to give up for the kingdom, etc. The familiar thread within these quandaries is effort in order to obtain a greater being. How can you be a better Christian? It is a constant battle some go through that wages war on their soul and exhaust deep into the marrow of their very being. This is an identity crisis. This is a false belief that by doing one can become. A passage that is habitually misinterpreted is one that begs the question of how can I become the salt of the earth or how do I become a light in the world? Jesus is speaking to Jewish folk in this discourse and he calls them the salt of the earth and lights in the world. Jesus describes who they are, who they are born and meant to be. Jesus simply calls out their being. If this is an identity then why weren’t they being salty or light? It is my strong suggestion that they were mislead to think they were someone else. They were burdened down with this false teaching of behavior changing identity. They lost their sense of true identity and thus no longer revealed who they were because they were too busy doing other things, things that would never change who they were.

The wizard can alter colors, facial features, voice tones, theatrical effects, environments, or any other element perceived on that big screen, but will always be a little man behind the curtain. The quintessential matter then becomes your being, who you are or who you are not. Many have been deceived to suppose they are something they are not. If action in itself has no influence upon being then how does one discover who they are? Unearthing this precise being from the deep layers of behavioral and environmental factors aides in the establishment of peace and true life. A Christian is one that has put their faith in Christ and Lord of their lives. This interaction begets new and regenerated or restored being. The Spirit of the Lord resides in those who have faith in Him, this spirit is now who you are, your true being. This being is reflected and revealed through behaviors. Behaviors cannot change the being though. So all the moral savvy and obsessed folks are under the false presumption that they can become something. You do not become, you are. Your being is absolute and can stand alone. The most important thing one can do to discover this being is focus in on themselves in reflection to truth. This self-actualization breathes great freedom to be at peace with who they are requiring no more endless cycles of morality obstacle courses. Peace and love are then resident within them and their behaviors and lifestyle show it accordingly.

I pray that you study who you are, take a true self-evaluation of who you are, not who you want to be, but who you are. I pray this being can become at peace with who they are. I pray the layers of deception can be pealed away so that liberty and harmony may reign. May the wizard cease to exist and the little man step from behind the curtain. May you be!

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

The/A Word

Interestingly enough my perspective on the word has changed in the past several years. Early in my faith the word, the bible, was a source of one-off informational phrases I could use for comfort or guidance. Quoting and memorizing scripture was important for me because I needed to use these passages for my benefit or comfort. Pain has been inflicted on too many people by holding to this view of the word as a smorgasbord of movable parts interchangeable at will or as circumstance necessitates. Within Christian denominations these stark differences in interpretation of passages are apparent. Scripture has been treated as if it operates within a vacuum and has automatic application without adaptation to culture, circumstance, or other environmental variables. The reality is that scripture, the word, and prophecy do not exist within a vacuum but were written within certain factors that make its reading and application harder than a simple recipe or mathematic equation. With all the references to this word in scripture, most specifically, the general epistles and revelation, it would behoove one to make an attempt to discover what word these authors were referring to in their writings.


The word used in texts authored by Hebrew writers is dabar, which means speech, words, speaking, or utterance (Blueletterbible.com). The word used in writings authored in Greek is logos and means of speech, a word, uttered by a living voice, embodies a conception or idea (Blueletterbible.com). Utterance, speech, words, and speaking have one thing in common. They rely solely upon a source of speaking or writing. There must be a source or an authority to utter these words. In the days of any of the New Testament writers this word was prophecy. These prophecies are owned and crafted by God the Father. His messages were given directly through men to announce or proclaim to recipients God intended to receive. This prophetic era of time was easily livable because the culture in which these prophecies were written and delivered were Jewish and in agreement upon the power and authority of their God, a monotheistic God. God was an unknown and unseen entity that delivered messages to His people through words or prophecy. These words were recorded by scribes in order for His people to be reminded of them so they would not stray. Israel was even instructed to build altars to their God so they would remember. God is into having His people remember Him and His words. When Jesus entered the human drama he embodied the prophecies that had been proclaimed and recorded. The unseen has now become seen.

The Word is a synonymous name for Jesus. John starts out his account of Jesus’ life and ministry by stating, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God (John 1:1).” This Word is Jesus but is not limited to a name only. This word most often used in the general epistles and John’s revelation are centripetal around what we call Old Testament prophesies. The word as written at the time of authorship is the only word they had at the time, a time predating New Testament canonization. This word is the Jewish scriptures that all Jews receiving these letters would be familiar with and all Gentile followers of Christ would also have fair knowledge of because they are all that was known at the time. They did not have the Bible as we have it today because they were either authors or recipients of letters that we now know as the Bible. Jesus is the cornerstone, much like the word or prophesies are the cornerstone on which all the passages referring to it are built upon.

Integrated views of these texts that refer to the Word reveal that this word is mainly the Old Testament prophecies or their embodiment, Jesus. The conclusion of this word, Revelation, warns that this word is so important that nothing should be added or taken away from it. Failure to obey that will result in punishment and judgment. This staunch warning exposes the most dominant element of the doctrine of Scripture that it is to be viewed and used as a hinge on which life is to be lived and analyzed. God’s prophesy is His word, Him revealing Himself to us, ultimately done through the Christ, Jesus. Since this word is God’s then it is to be held with great reverence and authority. The word should be seen holistically though to avoid erroneous interpretation. Randomly pulling passages out of their original context takes away from their original application and makes it nearly impossible to comprehend the true meaning intended. Seeing this word within the context it was written allows readers observing an ancient drama being played out through recorded words and prophecies a better understanding of timeless principles and messages the Spirit intended to be central to life in and of itself.

Below are the passages of scripture studied and read that refer to the word of God either directly or imply a reference. These passages, from the general epistles and Revelation, combine to offer a simple view of Scripture that is most often overlooked as too simplistic. This view of the word as a harmonious breath from God allows greater understanding of the word as He intended originally:

Hebrews 1:1, Hebrews 2:1, Hebrews 4:12, James 4:5, 1 Peter 1:23-25, 1 Peter 2:2, 2 Peter 1:20-21, 1 John 1:1-4, Revelation 1:1-3, Revelation 1:9, Revelation 19:13, & Revelation 22:19.

Monday, April 26, 2010

Restoration


Although I’m in the now and not exactly running on all cylinders, I am not hopeless. I assure you I have hope and that God is showing me little things through others that are making me smile more and more. A wise man once told me that religion is like the finger pointing to God and one should not get caught up on the finger alone. He also continued to say that religion is like reading a book about tasting a strawberry (D. Blumenthal/G Sipes). Reading a book about the taste of a strawberry is no comparison to actually tasting the fruit. If the finger caused me burden so much that I miss what its pointing out I should look to another finger or find what it is pointing to regardless and at all costs because what the finger points too is really what’s important, God. I’ve become very discontent with Christianity. I’ve realized though a lot of these feelings are a meshing of bitterness and true seeking. The bitterness thing is being worked out more and more daily. I’m arriving at peace more and more daily. I recently told my beautiful fiancée that I no longer wanted to be the cynical or contrary guy. I no longer wanted to have something opposing to say about religion all the time. I’ve learned that I do these things because my bitterness hasn’t been fully worked out yet. So I think God is working in me on this.
We’ve been going to this church gathering called Trinity on Sunday mornings since about August of last year. We don’t go every week because we travel a lot in the summer and sometimes do other things (I’ll talk about another thing later). One morning I leaned over to Julia and whispered, I think that Trinity is helping me like the finger a little bit more. Trinity is just a simple community, nothing to brag about or model another organization about, they would say the same thing about themselves. The people I’ve met at Trinity are so humble and loving that it’s been hard for my contempt for “those people” to live there. They are slowly killing the contempt I have been holding onto so dearly towards church or Christians. There is something different for me about this community. No one fits in; there are no cliques or identity crises. Everyone seems to be well aware that they are all going through things and could be better but just aren’t right now, they are living in their now. Seems like everyone in this community is really just trying to live for today and meet God where they are. It seems like they really want to live a life changed by Jesus. This is one small thing God is using to convince me that not all people who claim this faith are what I’ve experienced or what my experience has led me to believe.

We did not attend the Trinity gathering yesterday. Yesterday we attended the Center City Ministry church gathering. It was their first official gathering in the new building, well, new to them at least. The pastor of this gathering and group of people is someone I only know as Mrs. Loretta. I had the opportunity to meet Mrs. Loretta when she was a volunteer at a program ran out of the local shelter for women and children. I was involved in a children’s mentoring group and she was volunteering in the ladies night group. She came in and did some motivational speaking. Julia loved it. She has always spoken highly of this woman. Recently even said she wanted to be like her because she just exuded joy. Mrs. Loretta is someone I’ve come to respect as well, even before this Sunday. This Sunday I was able to sit in a group of people (110 total) from all kind of backgrounds and walks of life. With all that diversity there was only about one thing you could find in common besides them all having flesh, this was their brokenness and joy in the Lord. I moved up to Indy to start a church and was involved in another start up church. We used to have all kind of strategic planning meetings about how we would do church in the city. We did this for 6 months before we ever had a public gathering. It was very much an organized deal full of planning and strategies. We were a team of people focused on getting this church going. I don’t know all the details of Loretta’s planning and strategy, but I am pretty sure it was nothing like what I went through in starting the first church. The vibe I got from the entire gathering was one of love and investment. Mrs. Loretta was so busy being the church through out the last year or so that a public gathering was necessitated. So here is this lady on stage calling out people’s names, people she knows, people she has invested time in. Everyone who spoke only spoke of how indispensable God in their life was. They spoke of their great faith and dependence on God. When it came time for offering something happened that I’d never seen before, Julia later explained a little of the theology behind it. Mrs. Loretta asked everyone who didn’t have anything to give to raise their hands. She then gave her wallet to someone to hand out dollar bills so that everyone could experience the joy of giving. That alone impressed me. Then Julia explained what Mrs. Loretta told her. She is trying to break a cycle. She says most of the people who don’t have much are used to getting hand outs and she wanted to break that cycle by having them always give.

I walked away from that building Sunday inspired by what hope and joy I saw in that place. Although most church planters would put their noses in the air at that gathering and only have critiques of how things could have been better or cooler, I saw something that strategic ministry teams miss the mark on even years into a church, love and community, true change. I was able to see the evidence of the presence of the Spirit on Sunday, able to be hopeful and inspired by the church again. I walk away from Trinity like that too. I think God is restoring me and building me up again. Little communities like Mrs. Loretta’s give me hope in people of faith again.

Now

Trains pass by awaiting passengers to be leaving a streaking blur reminding them that they are not moving are being passed by. The world spins on its axis at such speeds we are actually acclimated to the velocity and no longer even feel this motion. The race is on and runners persist to tax their bodies to reach the end. A ribbon at the end seduces their mind and focus. Mental capacities are focused solely on getting through, moving on, progressing, finishing, etc. I admire this and agree that life is a race and we must endure and finish. What about now though? A definition of now should be clarified first.


Is any moment obtainable or a tangible element at all? Each moment is unique in its makeup, circumstance, environment, temperature, sensations, time, frequency, and duration. So something happening right now is the past by the time you have even read this sentence. Even trying to recreate this moment of reading would be a failed effort. There is no way to reproduce this moment because there are far too many variables involved to even come close. Time does not stand still therefore it cannot be captured. Time is not static in any sense of the word. This dynamic relationship between time and moment stands in a rare group of things that cannot be reproduced or held captive to anything unmoving. Now, used in this context, does not mean a specific time that is detainable. Now means a principle or general idea that is happening throughout a particular time and space. Like a football game compared to the moment when a wide receiver jumps to grab a ball thrown to him, now is not the small moment, but the whole game. This does not diminish the value of specific events within the now. Within this now independent, specific, intangible, and dynamic variables are formed correlatively. While these little variables are important what they create is superior and is the now.

Do runners miss the now of their marathon with their unwavering focus on the finish line? Does a college student miss out on the experience of now by rushing to graduate early and obtain scholarly honors? Isn’t there something beautiful about the wind, the surrounding environment, the technology in those shoes, the room in the toe box, the amazing ability for his body to respond to impacting concrete in a rhythmic motion so quickly, or the tempo of his breath? Isn’t there something beautiful missed is the finish line is the only thing in sight? Is there something lost in the constant spinning, running, turning, and business or life? If we are always trying to get somewhere we miss out on the now. What if there is something important to learn in this moment of now that we miss because we think it is not important in the grand scheme of things?

We’ve all heard that tomorrow is not promised, carpe diem, run the race of life and such; live life for today! Some abuse this to live recklessly or behave destructively. Run the race of life on the other hand as allowed others to become burdened down with just trying to reach something, graduating, getting to the next level, a promotion, or something bigger or better. This run the race mentality has become to some a burden that does not allow anyone to be satisfied in the now. Some believe living life like there is no tomorrow is foolish while still others who live life like there is no tomorrow think living life like a race in order to attain a certain goal or reach a destination is foolish. Is there a balance of these two seemingly opposing views? I don’t think Jesus would want anyone just living to get through or get by. Missing so much beauty, so much beauty created by God, can lead to a mechanical life. Jesus may also say something along the lines of not worrying about tomorrow (he actually did) though.

I’ll be transparent for a second and tell you my now. I was involved in a church plant very early in my faith and I believed in a lot of promises and relationships that proved themselves hollow. I walked away from this experience scarred and jaded a little towards the Christian religion. I got involved in another church plant and became really close friends with people that I put a lot of trust in. Through unfortunate circumstances that fell apart as well. I finally hobbled away from that experience bearing bruises. I enrolled in Bible College and learned to tear the bible apart like it was a text book and was surrounded by some who used this knowledge and learned way to manipulate. So my view of Christianity is jaded at best right now. There is hope though, I’ll write about that soon, but there are a ton of progressive things happening that are changing this jadedness to a better outlook. I was so focused on not being hurt or acknowledging I was in a bad place because I was determined to not let these minor speed bumps hinder my race, impede the process of winning my race. One day I essentially decided to sit down, stop the running, and just watch and learn, just experience the now, what I’m going through. I’ve learned a lot by being in the now. I’ve learned I’m hurt and as much as I run I cannot make myself stop hurting until I mourn and learn. I cannot learn if I’m solely focused on a finish or destination. Am I where I want to be spiritually, not exactly, but I know I will get there, I also know that God is in charge and will lead me and guide me through this and to where He wants me. Have I given up on any effort of my own? No, simply stated. I don’t read my bible often, nor have a stellar prayer life. I’m learning the reason behind why I’m not praying often or reading the bible right now. So I am in the now, I am being and learning, and enjoying life, not worrying about a destination or goal, per say, but am worrying about where I am, physically, emotionally, and spiritually, the now.

I don’t think my way is the right way, I’m sure there are things I could or could not do that would make things better or worse, but this is something I am going through, this is my now, no one else’s. The prize in this race is eternal life with God. I can’t help but stopping the race for a bit to just sit and learn though, maybe after this rest I will run stronger, harder, and longer. Maybe you are stuck in running, maybe you’ve been taught you always have to do better and get there faster. Maybe the race has become a burden, maybe you need rest. May you find rest and know that the now is perfectly ok, it is a great place to stop and look around. May you explore this now and not allow the race to be more of a burden that it was intended to be. Tomorrow is not promised so today should not be missed, even the little moments. May you not miss the now because your focus is somewhere else all the time.

Here are some passages I’ve based some of my thoughts on:
James 4:13-15- do not say today or tomorrow we’ll go here or there, but say that if the Lord wills we will. Life is a vapor.
Proverbs 27:1- don’t boast in a day, we don’t know what it will bring.
1 Corinthians 9:24- running the race as a to win, not without aim.
2 Timothy 4:7- fighting the good fight, finishing
Matthew 6:25-34- don’t worry about tomorrow

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Breaking News: The Sky Is Blue!


Already, I’m tired of reading the Facebook statuses about Jennifer Knapp. A Christian artist came out and admitted she was a lesbian, a homosexual. Everyone is so supportive of this and it is such a big deal, so much so that literally 3 out of 6 statuses I read had something to do with it. I’m always a bit confused at the response to homosexuality, not by the church, I’ve come to expect a reaction, unfortunately, but by homosexuals; people who are attracted to the same sex. While they long for acceptance and rally for equality I support and think justice and peace is a worthy cause. Then I read articles that make a huge deal out of someone “coming out” or going public with their sexual orientation. Why is this such a big deal? Why is this news? Of all the fighting and steps made towards some kind of acceptance, at least much more than history has allowed before, I am baffled by the sexual orientation of someone being news. No one reports a celebrity saying that they are straight or heterosexual do they? No, because this is seen as a normal thing, no need to raise eyebrows. In the light of equality I am confused why homosexual preference is any more news than what color the sky is. If homosexuals wants equality and to not be seen as odd or peculiar for their sexuality then why is it that a flag is waved at the drop of any story of someone claiming this sexual preference? In the civil rights movement it would have been news for an African-American man to hold a position as a manager within a company. After years of fighting for equality and coming a long way no longer do you hear news of an African-American being a manager. This is not news because equality has been achieved, well for the most part, although there is still a long way to go for reconciliation. It would be odd if the African-American community celebrated sitting at the front of the bus or drinking out of a water fountain that a Caucasian just drank from because African-Americans view themselves as equal now. The media would not report a simple job promotion based on race because that would be implying that an African-American getting a job promotion is not the norm, which would be contrary to equality. Why would a homosexual or any person who believes they or the homosexual population deserves equality and that their sexual orientation should not be seen as out of the ordinary make such dramatic efforts to draw attention to this story? If equality is the goal, if making homosexuality nothing to be seen as abnormal then why is this news again?

Good for Jennifer Knapp for finding her sexual orientation, I support whatever it is that she needs to do to find herself. At the same time since I do not see this issue to be one that deserves much attention my fingers decided to do a little walking.  Breaking News: The Sky Is Blue!  That's not a big deal, so why is this?

Friday, April 2, 2010

Peeps & An Empty Tomb

Voices seem to get lower, people avoid eye contact, tears fill orbital sockets, and everyone gets highly emotional. A somber spirit seems to control people this time of year, this one week; some refer to as Easter, others as resurrection week. Jokes are not readily accepted and light is the furthest mood from reality. Seems like this time of year things change, people change, and mental storage capacities change. In the posthumous words of Heath Ledger lost in a deep, dark, twisted role, “Why so serious?” People are repulsed by the pagan tradition of the Easter bunny and all the commercialism this holiday holds that, they strongly believe, ultimately misses the reason, the point of the holiday. They teach their children that this is a HUGE day in which Jesus was resurrected from the grave and to resist the worldly celebrations and traditions. One day if I have children I pray that they have a good time with the Easter bunny and eggs and peeps (gross!) and look to me and say, “Daddy, why is everyone making such a big deal?”

Internally I am restless about my own inquisition to this holiday. Not because I don’t know what the celebration is, but because I don’t buy into all the hype, I don’t get why everyone makes such a big deal out of this on this one week or one day. I get the significance (well I partially get it, I don’t think my mind can comprehend such power and love truly) of reflecting on the Christ being sacrificed to end the sin curse. In a small group this past week we read aloud the “Easter Story.” Everyone was so serious so I decided to drop a little joke, I was reading and I said something along the lines of, “Jesus and the disciples went to the Mount of Olives and Jesus said, ‘Look at that large bunny sitting on a chair in a mall!’” I found myself pretty humorous, but it seemed as if I had created blasphemy by cracking a laugh during such a serious moment. Within the same group I said that I don’t get why people make such a big deal of this holiday, we spend all this money on new clothes, go to church, have these fancy brunches and dinners, and totally forget about anything other than this holiday. This may sound a little odd coming from a follower of Jesus and one who desires to live an abundant life for Jesus. Pardon the anomalous questioning and stay with me on this thought line. Stop for a minute and ask yourself honestly why that you are so focused on this holiday right now. Why does every Facebook status I see have something to do with the gravity of this weekend?

Easy answer right? Because this is the weekend we celebrate as a faith the death and resurrection of Jesus which translates to forgiveness from and peace with God. Seems so elementary doesn’t it? Here is where I doubt this great celebration and what inspired me to write this; why do we celebrate only once a year? It seems that we make huge deals out of Palm Sunday, Easter Sunday, Good Friday, Christmas, etc. and go about life as normal the rest of the year. What we forget when reading the “Easter story” in our bibles is that it comes on the heal of Jesus and His disciples last supper. Jesus has this dinner with a bunch of Jewish men. In the Jewish culture eating a meal together is a very intimate occasion. The intimacy of this event is found in families and close friends most often. In that culture family dinners were frequent too. There were no TV trays or fast food restaurants; there was something special about sharing a meal together. Jesus knows what is going on and what is about to go down. Jesus has this intimate meal with these men and prepares them by telling them as they eat together, which would be often, remember what he was about to do, with bread remember His body, and with wine, remember His blood. Jesus is telling these men to remember what He is doing and will do often within an intimate community. So my qualm with all this hyped holiday talk is that it seems to still away from what Jesus wanted. We rob the beauty away from remembering Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection by limiting it to some weekend in April don’t we? We aren’t Facebook statuses buzzing like they are today all year around? Here are some examples of what I’ve found within a seconds glance at Facebook:

it will all be worth it....for those that do believe that one day,He will break the sky/I know you,can't see it now...but one day I know He will// -Mary Mary

Happy Good Friday!!!! He lives!

Can't even imagine the weight on Jesus' shoulders knowing what was aout to happen

Let my mouth be filled with thy praise and with thy honour all the day. But i will hope continually, and will yet praise thee more and more. Psalm 71:8,14

Why is it that once a year we get all hyped up and emotional about Jesus’ ultimate deed? Did Jesus really have in mind a once a year remembrance when He had this meal with his friends? I’m challenged to consider who Jesus is and what He does daily, I have to challenge myself because it is easy to allow life to happen to me rather than happening to life.

So when my children don’t understand why everyone is making such a big deal out of one day I pray it’s because Mommy and Daddy taught them to remember Jesus daily. Once a week communion isn’t enough for me, I don’t think it’s what Jesus intended; I pray I remember Him over a beer and some pizza, almost every time, as often as I can eat. If we can put this much time and energy into remembering Jesus this weekend, my question is, where is all this the rest of the year? If we could somehow harness this same zeal throughout the year what would it look like, how would our lives be changed, how much love would we live by? I pray you will challenge yourself to remember all this jazz throughout the year and not limit it to one weekend.