The Life-Driven Purpose

Jesus has been emphasizing His indwelling.  He is relating more and more of spiritual life to this reality.  Lately, the Lord has been defining purpose by His indwelling.  Jesus living within is my entire purpose and your entire purpose. Purpose is not found in ministries, activities, or occupations.  We may be called to these things…

Daybreak–GK Chesterton

On the third day the friends of Christ coming at daybreak to the place found the grave empty and the stone rolled away. In varying ways they realised the new wonder; but even they hardly realised that the world had died in the night. What they were looking at was the first day of a…

Come!

Revelation ends with an invitation: “Both the Spirit and the bride say, ‘Come!’ Anyone who hears should say, ‘Come!’” (Rev. 22:17). I’ve often heard that the Spirit and the bride are saying “Come” to Jesus. But the next sentence says, “And the one who is thirsty should come.” John does say, “AMEN! Come Lord Jesus”…

The Seventh Day

“God Resting on the Seventh Day” (19th Century German Engraving) This is the account of the heavens and the earth in the day when they were created. Pilate handed him over to them to be crucified. Carrying his own cross, he went out to the place of the skull (which in Aramaic is called Golgotha),…

Our Affection for Rubble

“Because you have rejected the word of the LORD, he has rejected you as king” (1 Sam. 15:23).             Israel asked for a king and rejected the Lord as King (1 Sam. 8: 7).  God gave them what they asked for.  Saul embodied their rejection of the Lord as King.  He too (though he denied…

Cancer. Suicide. Grief.

“One Act” by Patrick Murphy My dad died of cancer nearly five years ago.  For some reason, I’ve been thinking about him, missing him, and grieving the last couple days. I’m a social worker by occupation.  I manage in-home caregiver services for people who are disabled and/or elderly.  On New Year’s Eve, one of my…

Wonderful Things in Your Law (Part 5)

Please read parts 1-4 before continuing…. In the first post of this series, we said the purpose of the law is to reveal Christ—Him who is Wonderful—and not just moral or religious practice.  The examples given in the preceding post illustrate both of these points.  They show that the law finds its fulfillment in the…

The Gospel According to Genesis

Created by Trey Hill \\ squarerootofnine.com Now, on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, the earth was formless and empty, darkness was on the face of the deep, and Mary Magdalene came to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the entrance. Then God said, “LET…

What the Lord Said Today

Picture by Darrell Creswell Something the Lord said to me today: “You have been discouraged about who you are. Be encouraged by who I am.” ” Praise the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. According to His great mercy, He has given us a new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the…

It Is Finished

Image courtesy of Darrell Creswell http://darrellcreswell.wordpress.com/ This morning at church, it seemed like worship had a hard time getting off the ground.  I don’t know if any of you can relate to what I’m saying.  It just seemed like people weren’t engaging the Lord or His Spirit wasn’t manifesting much or something.  I started praying, asking…