Beyonce, White Folks, Church & Dis-Creation

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I saw an article on Huffpost this morning relating  Beyonce’s album ‘Lemonade’, the black woman’s experience, and prejudice within the church. It speaks into a subject I think about quite a bit, which is racism, the value of people, and what God says about those things. Rather than put a post on Facebook, I decided I’d explore the issue a bit here in this platform, which seems more appropriate. My thoughts aren’t fully formed – again, I’m exploring. It’s an issue I think worthy of exploration and I’d love to read some of your thoughts if you care to comment. Continue reading

Trusting God’s Sovereign Timing

I thought this a good bit of encouragement this morning. I hope you do too!

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We often think about “right” timing. But the concept of “wrong” timing is equally as important. Am I too late? Did I miss my opportunity to live out the passions and purposes I felt earlier?

I remember one day I woke up several years ago and I just KNEW it was time to sell our house and move into the city from our bedroom community. I told my husband and he wasn’t sure after first (of course) but after setting with it for a bit, he felt the same. We put our home (which we had built and loved) up for sale and sold it fairly quickly. We found another house that had a lot more room and was right for us. We had sold right before the market fell. I heard our home sold for almost $80,000 less at the next turnover. I don’t believe that the timing was…

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Merry Christmas

 

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“Christ Visible”. I can’t get that phrase off my mind lately. I think about the soon coming Christmas day and it strikes me that we are celebrating the beginning of Christ’s visibility in the world. I think about how his visibility changed absolutely everything.

He manifested. He showed up. He became in a way that allowed us to become aware of his existence. On December 21, 2015 he did it again, right on the street where I live.

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Same Place, But Different – Christ Visible

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As many of you may have noticed (or not), this blog has been silent for a long time. I’ve thought about the blog, and you, quite often, but after my last post about sharing the gospel, I wasn’t sure how to proceed. In that situation, with the neighbor with cancer, the result was that I never felt bold enough to follow up with her. I never overcame the sense of irresolution and confusion inside. I never prayed with her. I never shared the gospel. She’s dead now, so the chance has passed.  Continue reading

Scriputure Memorization Club Genesis 1:27

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My neighbor, who I’ve been lightly acquainted with for a couple years, has been changing. As she’s walked past my house her gait has slowed. She’s lost weight. Her skin is different – less elastic, thicker, weathered looking. I’ve watched the change happen over the last couple of months and wondered what could be causing it. When she stopped to chat a few days ago the mystery was solved. My neighbor, not yet 40 years old, single mother of 6, has stage 4 lung cancer.

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Scripture Memorization Club Leviticus 18:5

Leviticus 18:5

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Leviticus 18:5New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

You shall keep my statutes and my ordinances; by doing so one shall live: I am the Lord.

Not so long ago I would have read that and thought ‘what a mean, controlling, bossy thing to say. The bible is insane and so are the people who swallow that hogwash.’ I would have thought God was threatening to kill people if they didn’t do what He said.

Not so long ago I didn’t understand how much God Loves us. I hadn’t experienced God in the way that is only possible through believing Jesus is who He says He is and that He told us the truth. Not so long ago I didn’t understand that the gospel truly is ‘good news’.

Today I read that scripture and I want to fall flat on my face in gratitude for God and His ‘statutes and ordinances’. I’m beginning to understand what God is talking about when he uses words like ‘live’. Here’s a clue (I say to myself because I’m sure this is a ‘well duh’ moment for most of you) – He isn’t talking about walking around and sucking air.

When God refers to ‘living’, He is talking from a different context. He’s talking about peace, about the purest of self expression, about freedom. He’s talking about becoming ready to truly Love and be Loved. He’s talking about becoming a conduit of eternal fulfillment in a world over run by temporal pain.

God knows we cannot escape pain here. In answer to that He has given us ‘statutes and ordinances’ so that we might avoid the snares and traps of taking our suffering to the spiritual level in this corporal world. God doesn’t hand these ‘statutes and ordinances’ down as a fun excuse for punishing us. Rather, He is trying to save us from experiencing the punishment already inherent in this fallen place.

God is our protector. Not our punisher.

Be blessed!

Scripture Memorization Club Revelation 4:8

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I love God. It’s all consuming.

The Holy Spirit is alive and at work. I have witnessed Him in the tears and words and hearts and minds and actions of the people of my community this week. I have been filled with a Love for those people (for all of you) that is beyond my words.

It is like the peaceful joy of a well tended garden (including birds and bees) plus the permeating warmth of the sun on a perfect Spring day times infinity. To watch God at work in and through, and the concurrent tumble of falling into deep and sublime Love with you people, you wonderful people, is an incredible gift.

God is growing a pastors heart within me. He has allowed me to see all of you with just the slightest hint of the way Jesus does and I am swooning. I didn’t know pursuing ministry would feel like this.

All I can say this week is that I love the Lord. I love Him. And I give Him my life. My all. My everything.

Revelation 4:8 New International Version (NIV)

Each of the four living creatures had six wings and was covered with eyes all around, even under its wings. Day and night they never stop saying:

“‘Holy, holy, holy

is the Lord God Almighty,’[a]

who was, and is, and is to come.”

I know how those winged creatures feel. Praise God.

This week, day and night, praise God.

Praise God.

Be blessed.