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Be Reminded…

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Praying Boldly

Bold prayers honor God, and God honors bold prayers. God isn’t offended by your biggest dreams or boldest prayers. He is offended by anything less. If your prayers aren’t impossible to you, they are insulting to God

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Learn the music – then forget it!

I’m increasingly learning the value of the ‘no music on stage’ rule and how much it increases energetic interaction with ‘the room’. Recently I was reminded of of this great challenge from jazz music legend Charlie Parker:

You’ve got to learn your instrument. Then, you practice, practice, practice. And then, when you finally get up there on the bandstand, forget all that and just wail.

 

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People & Things

God made us to love people and use things. Why is it that we so often love things and use people? – Calvin Miller

Great blog from David Timms reminding us that too often we:

We love “things” because they require little or nothing of us. To love money, possessions, or even organizations (yes, and churches) requires little of us. It’s so much easier than loving people. “Things” don’t argue with us, disagree with us, challenge us, or correct us. “Things” let us do whatever we like.

No longer do we share messy life experiences as we love one another. Instead, we are challenged to be part of a “higher cause,” a vision bigger than ourselves or each other. We may use the language of love—“loving God; loving others” or some such slogan—but our actions (at times) may reflect a recruiting drive more than pastoral engagement. The organization assumes greater importance than the individual people.

We increasingly tend to love things and use people.

What might we glean from revisiting and reviewing the life of the One who owned virtually nothing, built virtually nothing, but gave Himself totally to those around Him?

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Reach!

Ah, but a man’s reach should exceed his grasp,
Or what’s a heaven for?

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O death where is your victory?

“Since death was seen in the scriptures as the ultimate result of human rebellion against God and the failure to obey him, if death were to be defeated, then idolatry, rebellion, disobedience, and sin would be defeated along with it.  Death, like a great ugly giant would do its worst, and pour out its full weight upon him.  And the creator God would overcome it, showing it up as a defeated enemy.”

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His Scars

Isaiah 49:16 says: See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands.

This Good Friday imagine God saying to you the words of John Fischer’s poem:

Not in the sky, because the sky is too high
Not in the clouds, because the clouds can’t hold you
Not on a stone, for a stone is too cold
Not on silver or gold, lest anyone think you could be sold
Not in a book, because a book could be lost

But on the palms of my hands
On the flesh
Where you can’t be lost, sold or forgotten
On the flesh
Where I see you all the time
On the flesh
Where the pain was measured out in love
On the flesh
In the warm, permanent skin of my Son

There you are…
Eternally
Indelibly
Part of me

Engraved
Cut into
At great cost
Scarred forever

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Directionally Challenged Eternally Grateful

Many things define us: I’m a husband, father, musician, pastor, male, bloke…another thing defines me as a bloke; I HATE asking for directions!

At LifeBridge we’ve been learning how God gave Moses and His people the Ten Commandments as rules for living and part of His Covenant with them. Then the new Covenant; He sent Jesus to save us by grace… then, possibly the third greatest gift to MANkind; More…

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Amazing Revelations

One of the most amazing revelations of God comes to us when we learn that it is in the everyday things of life that we realize the magnificent deity of Jesus Christ

– Oswald Chambers

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Desire

“It would seem that Our Lord finds our desires not too strong, but too weak. We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea. We are far too easily pleased.” – C.S Lewis

 

I don’t want to settle for a half-hearted relationship with Christ – I want it ALL! The holiday at the sea! To run full speed into his arms everyday…

 

This quote inspired as I prepared to lead in worship at LifeBridge this weekend.