Monthly Archives: March 2018

fear death no more because of His death

“He will swallow up death forever; and the Lord God will wipe away tears from all faces, and the reproach of his people he will take away from all the earth, for the Lord has spoken.”

‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭25:8‬ ‭ESV‬‬

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Darkness with purpose

“For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, …” (1 Corinthians‬ ‭15:3-4‬ ‭ESV‬‬)

This is the view from deep inside a cave in a mountainside. Darkness. When Jesus was sealed in the tomb of Nicodemus, this is what it would have been like.

Darkness descended when he died. But hear this…

“Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us. For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly.” (Romans‬ ‭5:3-6‬ ‭ESV‬‬)

Sunday’s comin’!

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Let us press on!

“Let us know; let us press on to know the Lord; his going out is sure as the dawn; he will come to us as the showers, as the spring rains that water the earth.””

‭‭Hosea‬ ‭6:3‬ ‭ESV‬‬

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Don’t be shaken by circumstances!

His faithfulness is stronger than the mountains.

“For God alone my soul waits in silence; from him comes my salvation. He alone is my rock and my salvation, my fortress; I shall not be greatly shaken.”

‭‭Psalms‬ ‭62:1-2‬ ‭ESV‬‬

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Trusting in God

I Gok Dong, ROK, January 1986

A couple of posts back I suggested Scripture meditation as a response to anxiety. One Bible text has really been a help to me through the years as I’ve meditated on God using the text. I didn’t know it at the time but I was training my heart and mind to trust God.

The picture above was discovered recently in an old photo album. I took it while on a morning walk back in the 20th century using a film camera. It was January 1986. The reason I chose it for this post is the tree. It’s a village in South Korea. In the distance is the NakDong river. Here’s the verse for your consideration:

Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD,

whose trust is the LORD.

He is like a tree planted by water,

that sends out its roots by the stream,

and does not fear when heat comes,

for its leaves remain green,

and is not anxious in the year of drought,

for it does not cease to bear fruit.

(Jeremiah 17:7-8)

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What defines you? Learn from UVa coach Tony Bennett…

Watch what dignity, strength and humility look like.

Be careful what you let define you.

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Reminder when it’s tough…

Life in this broken down world is full of circumstances that pull us down. It might news that a friend is unwell, or a child whose bad decisions have gotten them into struggles (several of my friends are in this boat) or we just can’t make ends meet financially.

It is in these times that the discipline of meditating on Scripture would serve us well. (Note, where Eastern Meditation focuses on emptying, Scripture meditation focuses on filling.)

Meditating on Scripture is not easy because it’s not busy. It’s about the process of stopping, focusing, and dwelling on the Lord using His word.

I’ve been meditating on certain scriptures for over a decade. Admittedly, mine is more reactive than proactive. I use it to return me to a focus on Him when I stray in focusing on the world. And I do this as often as I need to.

Process? Simple.

Identify Scripture that lift you to Him.

Sit still, and SLOWLY read the text over and over (as though you were trying to memorize it but just to dwell, not memorize). If you’re like a friend of mine you might pace (I’ve been known to do this on the treadmill at the gym).

Don’t study. Just slowly read the text over and again. Ask your Father in Heaven to make the truth of the Bible clear to you as you read it.

For me, whenever is practice this, I am filled and encouraged. It may take you a few times to figure out how this process works best for you, but the key words are quiet, focused, unhurried and listening.

Below are three texts to get you started.

“Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth.” (Colossians‬ ‭3:2‬ ‭ESV‬‬)

“To you I lift up my eyes, O you who are enthroned in the heavens!” (Psalms‬ ‭123:1‬) ESV

“Be exalted, O God, above the heavens! Let your glory be over all the earth!” (Psalms‬ ‭57:5‬ ‭ESV‬‬)

I’ve put them in a Google Doc for you to open and look at on your phone. They are spaced out so that the only thing on your screen is the Scripture. Click Here

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