He ain’t finished yet …

July 29, 2010

I’ve been taping and finishing drywall. The walls in the room I’m working on are smooth, no texture. That reminds me of why I love texturing – because it covers a multitude of sins.

I’m no pro so it takes hours to get all of the wrinkles and pits out of the finished surface. You discover your mistakes by shining a hand-held light up the wall with the room dark.

Sort of like God shining His Light on us and finding all our faults, unless we’re covered in the Lamb’s Blood.

… you were not redeemed with perishable things like silver or gold from your futile way of life inherited from your forefathers, but with precious blood, as of a lamb unblemished and spotless, the blood of Christ.

— 1 Peter 1:18-19

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The worst possible moments …

July 28, 2010

Apathy is a powerful enemy and weariness, his companion is a worthy adversary; my selfishness and my flesh bring them together to oppose my strength and commitment at the worst possible moments.

Ever been there?


Two for one – The sequel …

July 28, 2010

When you feel like you need to be cheered up, remember so does someone else; you begin with him (or her) and end with you … two for one is a good deal!

[The original “Two for one …”]


Two for one …

July 26, 2010

Two things can be eliminated from everyone’s life it we control just one of the two:

  1. worry concerning things we’ve no control over and
  2. anxiety about tomorrow

Lose the latter and the former takes care of itself.


Lost & Found

January 13, 2010

But the father said to his slaves “Quickly bring out the best robe and put it on him, and put a ring on his hand and sandals on his feet; and bring the fattened calf, kill it, and let us eat and celebrate; for this son of mine was dead and has come to life again; he was lost and has been found.” And they began to celebrate.  Luke 15:22-24

Alan Murphy, was devastated; while on vacation in the United States, Murphy lost his digital camera. That loss would cost him all of his vacation pictures from the trip. Disheartened, Murphy, an Irish insurance underwriter now living in Australia, returned home to Sydney.  

However, on his 34th birthday, not quite two weeks later, he learned he would be getting the missing camera and the photos back. “I was over the moon,” he says now.  

  At dusk on New Year’s Eve [,2007], Erika Gunderson got into a taxi in New York City and entered a digital-age mystery. Sitting on the back seat was a nice Canon digital camera.
 
Gunderson asked the driver which previous passenger might have left it, but the cabbie didn’t seem to care. 

Thus began the saga of several amateur sleuths determined to unite an unknown individual with a camera lost and found in NYC.

Together the friends spent hours culling the digital images stored in the camera’s memory, looking for and following up on minuscule clues as to the camera’s owner. Lead after lead was followed to a dead-end when one last look by the last of the detectives revealed the interior of a NYC business not far away.  

That final effort would put the Canon back in the hands of its owner.  We were lost, but now we’re found; no amateur detectives were needed however. No, the Most High God who created us has known where we were all along.

We may be lost to eternal life but God has a light on for us to follow home. Praise Him! 


Of Chickens & Eggs or Maybe Vice Versa …

January 12, 2010

“..this is the victory that has overcome the world–our faith.” 1 John 5:4b

Notice the context (5:2-3) of our victory over the world is by way of keeping God’s commandments; however, it’s not the obedience which brings about the victory but rather the faith that brings about the obedience that does.