Complex

March 18, 2008

“You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother’s womb.

Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous – and how well I know it.

You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion, as I was woven together in the dark of the womb.

You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book.

Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed.” (Psalm 139:13-16, NLT)

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It’s amazing to think about how involved God is with his creation. Every person that has been born, God has known about and has been active in their formation. He is, and always has been, in complete control of our lives. What a comforting thought that is! No matter what we go through or what evil afflicts us, God is always in control and active in his creation.

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A Partridge in a What?

December 18, 2007

19-partridgeinapeartree72.jpgGot this in an email this morning…

What in the world do leaping lords, French hens, swimming swans, and especially the partridge who won’t come out of the pear tree have to do with Christmas?

From 1558 until 1829, Roman Catholics in England were not permitted to practice their faith openly. Someone during that era wrote this carol as a catechism song for young Catholics. It has two levels of meaning: the surface meaning plus a hidden meaning known only to members of their church. Each element in the carol has a code word for a Christian reality which the children could remember.

1. The partridge in a pear tree was Jesus Christ.

2. Two turtle doves were the Old and New Testaments.

3. Three French hens stood for faith, hope and love.

4. The four calling birds were the four gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke & John.

5. The five golden rings recalled the Torah or Law, the first five books of the Old Testament.

6. The six geese a-laying stood for the six days of creation.

7. Seven swans a-swimming represented the sevenfold gifts of the Holy Spirit–Prophesy, Serving, Teaching,
Exhortation, Contribution, Leadership, and Mercy.

8. The eight maids a-milking were the eight beatitudes.

9. Nine ladies dancing was the nine fruit of the Holy Spirit–Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness, and Self Control.

10. The ten lords a-leaping were the ten commandments.

11 The eleven pipers piping stood for the eleven faithful disciples.

12. The twelve drummers drumming symbolized the twelve points of belief in the Apostles’ Creed.

Now it all makes sense!!

Messengers

November 16, 2007

“The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest. God your way; behold, I am sending you out as lambs in the midst of wolves.” (Luke 10:2-3)

That was Jesus’ command to seventy-two of his early disciples. They were told simply that there were A LOT of people who needed the Gospel, but few to spread it. He then let them know that while telling they would be met with opposition as they obeyed their calling.

Don’t ever forget that. One of the mistakes that some Christians make in order to be “accepted” as they share the Gospel is to change the message. Remember, we are the messengers, not the author. As we carry the message of the Gospel to our friends, family, and “enemies,” don’t change the message. Instead, deliver it in love, thinking of your recipient, in Christ’s words, “as better then yourself.”