I won’t be around the internet much until after Easter, so I wanted to wish everyone a very happy weekend….
March 31, 2010
I’m sure everyone has thought at one point or another, that the disciples should be washing the feet of Christ. Instead they argue… who was number one, who was more spiritual, who brought the most to Christ… I can just see Him, not saying a word, walking over to the basin and water, removing His robe and taking a servant’s wrap.
He kneels before them and begins to wash their feet… just doesn’t seem right. I mean, isn’t it enough that His hands will be pierced in the morning? Do they have to really wash the grime off of feet tonight? After all they really don’t deserve it…
Any of us could point out that John didn’t deserve it… demanding Christ to censure a follower that wasn’t in His group… skip Him Lord… And James… wanting a seat of honor? He and his brother wanted special treatment? Forget it.. let him wash his own feet. Forget about Philip too Lord, he flat out told you there wasn’t enough food to feed a crowd… You tested him, he flunked… move on. Forget Peter too… he walked on water… briefly, then sunk… he didn’t believe you… skip him too. None of them came to His defense in Nazareth, you know they’ll be snoring in the garden… you’ll be sweating blood, they snore. How many are going to stand with you in Pilate’s court? Will they take your beating for you? Or when you fall with your cross which one will help to carry your burden? None, a stranger will.
So do we object because we don’t want to see the King washing their feet? or do we object because we don’t want to do the same? We all have “disciples” in our lives. The double-tongues promise-breakers, people who, what they say and what they do are polar opposites. Maybe they haven’t left you at the cross, but possibly have left you alone with your bills, or your illness, broken vows, lowered on the priority list, out in the cold and holding the bag….
We say: “Shake you fist” Christ says: “Fill up the basin” We say “Give up on them” Christ says “Wash his feet” We say: “She doesn’t deserve it” Christ says: “You’re right, but you don’t either”
I think one of the most important scriptures in this story is John 13:12 “when he had finished washing their feet……”
He finished, meaning no one was left out, meaning He washed the feet of Judas, meaning He washed the feet of His betrayer. He gave the person who was the traitor equal attention, the same feet that would take the Roman guard to Jesus… but right now are being caressed by Christ.
I’m not saying it’s easy, just that God will never call us to do what He hasn’t done Himself already.
March 30, 2010
I have yet to meet anyone who enjoys suffering, I know many that have benefited from the growth that comes from it. When the pain hits do you worship God in the midst of it or seek comfort by trying to escape it? If you have ever been where you needed the mercy of God to descend upon you to take away your pain, I’m praying for you today…. Holy Week is the perfect time to believe all things will be made new and whole again.
March 26, 2010
A Pine tree will start it’s new growth in the weeks before Easter… if you look at the tops of them a couple of weeks before Easter you will see a yellow shoot. The closer it gets to Easter Sunday, the tallest shoot will branch off and form a cross…. By Easter Sunday you will see most of the Pine trees will have small yellow crosses on all of the tallest shoots in the tree.
When through the woods and forest glades I wander
And hear the birds sing sweetly in the trees;
When I look down from lofty mountain grandeur
And hear the brook and feel the gentle breeze;
Then sings my soul, my Saviour God to Thee; How great Thou art!
March 25, 2010
Do you believe in eternal security? Why or why not? (this is all your fault B LOL)…. really would like to hear thoughts on this… and yes, I prayed before posting this so I KNOW it will be a GREAT conversation... 🙂
March 23, 2010
March 21, 2010
I think we get so wrapped up in “works” being part of our salvation that we ignore or don’t want to talk about how important works really are in our walk. Let me say this again, works… do …. not…. save…. us…. Christ does. BUT they are important and the focus of this post.
I’ll just start it off with a couple of scriptures and see where it goes…. if anywhere…. 😀
Romans 2:6-8 “6God “will give to each person according to what he has done.” 7To those who by persistence in doing good seek glory, honor and immortality, he will give eternal life.8But for those who are self-seeking and who reject the truth and follow evil, there will be wrath and anger.”
James 2:14-26 “14What good is it, my brothers, if a man claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save him? 15Suppose a brother or sister is without clothes and daily food.16If one of you says to him, “Go, I wish you well; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about his physical needs, what good is it? 17In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead. 18But someone will say, “You have faith; I have deeds.” Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by what I do. 19You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that—and shudder. 20You foolish man, do you want evidence that faith without deeds is useless? 21Was not our ancestor Abraham considered righteous for what he did when he offered his son Isaac on the altar? 22You see that his faith and his actions were working together, and his faith was made complete by what he did. 23And the scripture was fulfilled that says, “Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness,” and he was called God’s friend. 24You see that a person is justified by what he does and not by faith alone. 25In the same way, was not even Rahab the prostitute considered righteous for what she did when she gave lodging to the spies and sent them off in a different direction?26As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without deeds is dead.”
Eternal life is rendered according to our works… in these and other scriptures, they teach that it IS necessary to obey in the life of faith and in the inheritance of eternal life. So, what exactly is the difference between earning eternal life on the basis of works, and receiving eternal life according to works? Just a little light thinking on a Sunday afternoon… 🙂
March 19, 2010
this weekend, look for the lost, the hurting, the weak, the needy, and give them Christ. Give Him through a word, a meal, a hug, a song, a Bible, some time “you don’t have”, anything can make a difference in a life. Love you guys and have a wonderful weekend!
March 18, 2010
This is dedicated to everyone who ever attempted to get into a regular workout routine……
For my birthday this year, my friends (the dears) purchased a week of personal training at the local health clubfor me.
Although I am still in great shape since being a high school football cheerleader 43 years ago, I decided it would be a good idea to go ahead and give it a try.
I called the club and made my reservations with a personal trainer named Christo, who identified himself as a 26-year-old aerobics instructor and model for athletic clothing and swim wear.
My husband seemed pleased with my enthusiasm to get started. The club encouraged me to keep a diary to chart my progress.
Started my day at 6:00 a.m. Tough to get out of bed, but found it was well worth it when I arrived at the health club to find Christo waiting for me. He is something of a Greek god – with blond hair, dancing eyes and a dazzling white smile. Woo Hoo!!
Christo gave me a tour and showed me the machines. I enjoyed watching the skillful way in which he conducted his aerobics class after my workout today. Very inspiring!
Christo was encouraging as I did my sit-ups, although my gut was already aching from holding it in the whole time he was around. This is going to be a FANTASTIC week !!
I drank a whole pot of coffee, but I finally made it out the door. Christo made me lie on my back and push a heavy iron bar into the air then he put weights on it! My legs were a little wobbly on the treadmill, but I made the full mile. His rewarding smile made it all worthwhile. I feel GREAT !! It’s a whole new life for me.
The only way I can brush my teeth is by laying the toothbrush on the counter and moving my mouth back and forth over it. I believe I have a hernia in both pectorals. Driving was OK as long as I didn’t try to steer or stop. I parked on top of a GEO in the club parking lot.
Christo was impatient with me, insisting that my screams bothered other club members. His voice is a little too perky for that early in the morning and when he scolds, he gets this nasally whine that is VERY annoying. My chest hurt when I got on the treadmill, so Christo put me on the stair monster. Why the hell would anyone invent a machine to simulate an activity rendered obsolete by elevators? Christo told me it would help me get in shape and enjoy life. He said some other crap too.
Jerko was waiting for me with his vampire-like teeth exposed as his thin, cruel lips were pulled back in a full snarl. I couldn’t help being a half an hour late – it took me that long to tie my shoes. He took me to work out with dumbbells. When he was not looking, I ran and hid in the restroom. He sent some skinny little idiot to find me. Then, as punishment, he put me on the rowing machine — which I sank.
I hate that idiot Christo more than any human being has ever hated any other human being in the history of the world. Stupid, skinny, anemic, anorexic little aerobic instructor. If there was a part of my body I could move without unbearable pain, I would beat him with it. Christo wanted me to work on my triceps. I don’t have any triceps! And if you don’t want dents in the floor, don’t hand me the dang barbells or anything that weighs more than a sandwich. The treadmill flung me off and I landed on a health and nutrition teacher. Why couldn’t it have been someone softer, like the drama coach or the choir director?
Satan left a message on my answering machine in his grating, shrilly voice wondering why I did not show up today. Just hearing his voice made me want to smash the machine with my planner; however, I lacked the strength to even use the TV remote and ended up catching eleven straight hours of the Weather Channel.
I’m having the Church van pick me up for services today so I can go and thank GOD that this week is over. I will also pray that next year my friends will choose a gift for me that is fun — like a root canal or a hysterectomy. I still say if God had wanted me to bend over, he would have sprinkled the floor with diamonds !!!
I was talking with a friend of mine yesterday (yes she gave me permission to write about this) who is agnostic/atheist… not sure. It was sad to me to see how she struggles with even the concept of “God”… I was reminded a bit of our conversation when I read in John 18 this morning… vs. 37 says, “Jesus answered, “You say that I am a king. For this I was born and for this I have come into the world, to bear witness to the truth. Every one who is of the truth hears my voice.” Pilate said to him, “What is truth?” The words spoken at the end of His life, this Easter season, tell why He came. Maybe more of a Christmas message? or maybe it just all ties together….
In this one scripture we can see there is truth… a truth everyone should believe. Christ came to testify to that truth…. Don’t be like Pilate when you hear it. In my friends way of thinking, she believes I am misguided because there is no God to give absoluteness to truth, or if there is one , there is no way of knowing Him or what He thinks… she also feels that I can be labeled “immoral” because of my insistence that there is absolute truth. Her reasoning? My absolute truth is what leads to intolerance and prejudice against what others think. Basically, she is saying, if I don’t have to see your truth as binding, then you are humble, and good and moral. But if I do believe your truth is binding, then I become arrogant, intolerant and immoral….. unfortunately this is the mindset of people that God is speaking when He says “For this purpose I was born and came into the world, to bear witness to THE TRUTH.” Unfortunately His message has been nullified before it is spoken, because TRUTH is seen as the root of this bigotry, prejudice and intolerance….. sad.
I think one of my favorite things to hear from agnostic/atheists is when they state that there may be an absolute truth, but they don’t know for sure, no evidence etc. Non-committal because they think He is untrue or they “don’t know.” Yet what bothers me I guess is that I don’t see these people as suspending judgement and pleading ignorance on issues that really matter to them, or where their personal interest is at stake. I have never met anyone who would have a problem believing in a moral absolute if they were punched in the nose… I think the one doing the punching would be seen as guilty. Yet with the above logic it would be perfectly ok for a judge to say “Not guilty because for him it was a good thing to punch you in the nose and truth is relative, don’t try to put your absolutes on him”…..
Christ was not born to keep a huge secret…. He didn’t die in vain…. He came to this world to bear witness to TRUTH… the unchangeable and absolute truth of God… to give life, abundantly. Love her, and hope she will write here one day soon… in the meantime, the coolest atheist I know in blogland is ED… he does Bible studies, and is a true blue friend…. he’s very easy to love and loves ya right back, and finds tons of cool stuff on his blog… so go say howdy to him!