Sunday, April 13, 2014

All Our Messes Fixed In Jesus

Robert Capon
In Jesus’ death and resurrection, the whole test-passing, brownie-point-earning rigmarole of the human race has been canceled for lack of interest on God’s part. All he needs from us is a simple Yes or No, and off to work he goes. If we say Yes to something wrong or No to something right, he will reconcile it all by himself. Not only can he handle it, he’s already handled it: he has all our messes fixed in Jesus–right now, even before we make them. All we have to do is trust his assurance that losers are his cup of tea. In fact, it’s precisely our attempts to be winners that he warns us about: ‘He who saves his life will lose it; he who loses his life for my sake the Gospel’s will save it.’

-Robert Capon (source - Internet Monk)


Sunday, April 6, 2014

A Shelter In The Storm

We have no idea what this day will bring. We can't see into the future. Regardless of what anyone says, no one knows what the next second holds for each of us. This one thing we can know: Our future is secure. If you feel like you are free falling today, rest in the glorious truth that you are. You are free falling into the broad and loving hands of your Redeemer. And, he has promised to never leave you or forsake you. Others will come and go. Many will disappoint. Some will make your heart sad. The world will leave you hungry. Christ alone makes promises that are sure.

Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. Isaiah 41:10

Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? As it is written, “For your sake we are being killed all the day long; we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.” No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:35-39

Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved. Romans 10:13

He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds. Psalm 147:3

Amen.



Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Struggling With Trusting? Good News!

“Like faith and hope, trust cannot be self-generated. I cannot simply will myself to trust. What outrageous irony: the one thing that I am responsible for throughout my life I cannot generate. The one thing I need to do I cannot do. But such is the meaning of radical dependence. It consists in theological virtues, in divinely ordained gifts. Why reproach myself for my lack of trust? Why waste time beating myself up for something I cannot affect? What does lie within my power is paying attention to the faithfulness of Jesus. That’s what I am asked to do: pay attention to Jesus throughout my journey, remembering his kindnesses (Ps. 103:2).”