Friday, December 2, 2016

Nothing & Everything

"Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ."
                           -Philippians 3:8

"My richest gain I count but loss,
And pour contempt on all my pride."
                             -Isaac Watts

Everything good, and honorable, and noble, be it of old, or new, even our good, noteworthy traditions ... all must fall prostrate to the glory of Christ. The very thought ..the plan ...of Christ! Wow! Do you get that? He died for you, and it was no mere martyr's death! No, it was the fulfillnent of God's love ...for you, for me, for us! May that good news NEVER become old news!

Whatever good we do ...is but rubbish in comparison. We may feed the nations, bring peace in turmoil. All but a flick of a thought ....in the shadow of the cross of Christ.

Do not be afraid to seek the real, true goodness of God through Jesus Christ. Take the chance. It is, instead, a certainty of the fulfillment of eternity with God the Father.

By the way... Isaac Watts wrote the afore mentioned lyrics out of a heart needful of praising God for the brought promise of the new covenant. The Church of England saw fit to break from strictly singing old covenant psalms, as Watts' testimony of the wonderful cross was simply not to be ignored. So... what is now a song / hymn of great tradition was once a "new song unto the Lord."

Capture the wonder and beauty of Christ' sacrifice. Cherish it. Allow it to put a new song in your heart. Sing a new song ...but unto the Lord. You would find yourself, as the Apostle Paul, realizing that whatever good you've done,  whatever worldly, worthy accomplishment, is but a fraction of even the mere idea of who Jesus Christ is.

If God is bigger than our successes ...the failures are only a forgiveness away ...all done ...at, and on, the cross where Jesus died ...and rose ...and lives again, in His Father's
Kingdom.

Friday, November 25, 2016

The Perfection of The Cross

"God forbid that I should boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ…" —Galatians 6:14

Many things occur in the life of a follower of Jesus, but nothing should hold more weight than what happened on the cross. Not how we feel. Not even how we act. We are inconsistent. What was done on the cross is perfect. Finished.


Thursday, November 24, 2016

Thankful

Happy Thanksgiving everyone. Even on our tough days we have much to be thankful for, right? But here's to better days! Cheers to better days! And if we can't have better days, then days that make us better.

Here's a good word this morning. May your total dependence be on the Lord. I'm working on me.

"Behold, as the eyes of servants look to the hand of their masters…, so our eyes look to the Lord our God…"
                                —Psalm 123:2

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Streeeeeeeetcccchh

I love to travel ...just not crazy about being away from home. I love to learn ...but especially if it's something I'm already familiar with. Streeeeeeeeeeetccchh!!

"And Jesus increased in wisdom and in stature and in favor with God and man." - Luke 2:52

"All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work."
- 2 Timothy 3:16-17

People Are People

We are, all, the minority. Whatever class, or race, or religious affiliation ...we are a minority compared to the "human" race, which God established.


Traveling to Kenya several years ago, I came back with one overarching, and somewhat overwhelming, sense of ...no matter where you go, or how different the culture, ...people are people. Traveling to New Orleans (on our way home now) that reality manifest itself strongly again, just watching life happen. In different circumstances, to be sure, but that truth remains ...people are people. Red, yellow, black, or white ...all are precious in His sight. We met a few strange characters, though far more kind, compassionate characters, and watched this melting-pot of a city, ebb & flow.

So I am, again, reminded.... from the impoverished in the inner-city of the land of the free ...to the nearly destitute of an otherwise beautiful foreign land ...people are, still, people.

I challenge this. Dare... to stop and talk to those you feel are different than you, those whom you may be afraid to strike a conversation with. Even those you fear may want something which you fear you cannot give. Give them a chance to ask, then don't be afraid to be honest. A savvy street magician exemplified this truth. He said something like this (poorly quoted; his more effective)... "As we gather together to see what I'm doing we become a community. For a moment,  we're all on the same page."

Whatever differences you may have; political, social, personal, or otherwise, remember ...people are people. His people. Doesn't mean you become a door-mat or a sucker. Seek wisdom from God, who provides it. Be you. Be forthright. Exclaiming our differences reveals our personalities and passions. Doing so, with genuine love, demonstrates our willingness to be a part of a community larger than ourselves, or even those with whom we are uncomfortable. Would you be willing to find out you are wrong?

People are people.

"I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well."
- Psalm 139:14 

"So God created man in his own image,in the image of God he created him;male and female he created them.
- Genesis 1:27

Steve Terrell