Today I lost a dear friend after a long battle with cancer. The sadness that I have at knowing I can no longer pick up the phone or get in the car to see Maria is strong. But stronger still is the peace which I have knowing she is in the throne room of grace and in the presence of Jesus. I have found over the years that at moments when words no longer come God has given us music and songs that can connect us to heaven. How I need that connection today. If you also are in that place I pray this short video will be a comfort and blessing to you.
A bruised Reed He will not break and a smoldering wick He will not quench until He brings forth justice to victory. Matthew 12:20
Just last week another house in our neighborhood was condemned and demolished. The house had the unfortunate problem of being too close to a storm sewer project gone awry. All the digging, rock breaking and steam rolling weakened it’s foundation. Once decided on the removal of 60 years of family dinners, children playing, and Christmas celebrations took just a few days.
Around us every day are people just like that little home. Their biggest dreams and most careful plans are often undermined by someone else’s important project. Happy memories fade in the face of dark reality. They teeter just at the edge of life’s cliff. But the King who came to heal wounds and shine in darkness has put us right next to them. He has lit the fire of hope in our lives and by His wounds we have a healing message to share! Whether we wish to be in the demolition or construction business is a choice God is leaving up to us every day! What will you do for the Master builder today?
Learning how best to pray for our friends at the nursing home has been an ongoing learning experience. This short video shares some simple insights on how Jesus, the teacher of prayer, would have us to pray today.
I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.
2 Timothy 4:7
Every time he stepped into the ring Muhammad Ali brashly proclaimed his superiority over his foe. Ali never imagined losing. It was not in his DNA to process losing. The only good fight Ali planned was a knockout!
The apostle Paul was spiritually a prize fighter. He had entered the ring with only goal in mind: the complete victory of His Lord Jesus Christ.
Paul’s fight is won and he passed his warrior’s heart to Timothy. Timothy passed that battle on to the churches under his care. Today the bell is ringing for our round to begin. There is only one good fight for us and that is the only possible through cross of Christ.