Observe And Cheer At The Creators Majesty This Summer…

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You are clothed with splendor and majesty,
covering yourself with light as with a garment,
stretching out the heavens like a tent.
He lays the beams of his chambers on the waters;
he makes the clouds his chariot;
he rides on the wings of the wind;
he makes his messengers winds,
his ministers a flaming fire.

Psalm 104:1b-4

From the Genesis of time His splendor was present. Now it’s held in His tent – His heaven. A place beaming with a magnificence too glorious to know on earth.

But we still see it’s glimmer. The magnificence of our Creator.

The summer sun rays shoot between branch openings and glowing leaves made to sway involuntarily from gushes of wind. Warmth in the rays and refreshment from the wind bring soul care and spirit strength. He’s in them all.

Peering up at the sun and its beams of light, we see His garment. It fills and covers the earth. Falling in and through every opening of cloud and pouring over the tops of mountains. His majesty present in all of Creation shouts of His grandness and beauty.

The foundations of His chambers sit on the crashing waves of the sea as mighty pillars of strength. Great bodies of haphazard and rushing waters – where men find fear – the capable and secure hand of God calls to His order. Using this place as the bedrock and infrastructure to His Holy heavenly quarters.

The clouds billow and ripple with movement in great glides across an endless sky as His chariots.

Chariots that hold the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. Out of reach of any opposition, as He hovers in governance over every detail of the earth. These chariots are moved by the winds of this great King.

And as He walks on top of the hasty element of breeze with contentment we see His deity and grand control over all things. He’s in every unpredictable gust. Whispering to us the deep things our hearts already know; that He loves us, made us and created us for His glory.

And so we must experience this glory. We must touch and feel, taste and see that it’s good.

Do not let this summer go by without standing directly in its path. Staring up at the artistry of our Creator. Do not let the wind fill your home without notice. Observe and cheer at the rushing waters that are His footstool.

His dominion over all that we see – take time to savor.

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Let Me Direct You Elsewhere…

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The Perfect Spouse Will Not Complete You: We should be diligent about making sure we are well-coupled before heading down the wedding aisle. We should understand our motivations, we should set biblically-informed standards and expectations, and we should use careful discernment. But our hope is not in finding the perfect spouse but in resting in the perfect Savior. It is not my marriage that will complete me, but Christ.

The Busy Mom’s Guide To Prayer: It’s a challenge on a good day let alone when your busy. This is a nice little practical post on how to help your prayer life in the throes of motherhood.

Am I A Noisy Gong?: This is so good and so important for pastors, but also some great application for lay-people too. Somehow, in all my preparation and reflection, I’d failed to love the people God called me to serve. Of course I needed to handle the text wisely, cling to the truth tightly, and apply the gospel carefully. But what good is it, the Lord asked me through that verse, if I did it all without love?

Jordan Klassen – No Salesman: It’s a good song but I must not be artsy fartsy enough to understand the music video. So just try to enjoy the music.

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Dear Beloved: Stay In The Light…

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Whoever says he is in the light and hates his brother is still in darkness. ~ 1 John 2:9

Our world has seen a great deal of darkness. All shades of it in the last month. But really who are we kidding, the human-race has been wandering around blindly bumping into each other for centuries. Darkness is everywhere.

So many dim events fill our TV screens and Newsfeeds. Every day its a new one. And as easy as it is to just let it pass us by, it should never make us numb to the pain of this deep darkness that plagues our world. No, we most certainly can’t carry every burden. And we sure can’t solve every problem. It is challenging to know what we can do at all most days. I mean, truly, what can we do?

There is one thing I know for sure we must do.

Stay in the light.

And don’t join the darkness.

Even when our offenses are irritated about a topic getting a lot of play in the media or we feel we have the perfect answer to the problem… we must make sure our response to the darkness in the world bring’s light.

Check your heart, before you speak and before you type.

Fruitless angry banter adds darkness. Cynical patronizing rants add darkness. Chest-beating “telling-it-like-it-is” adds darkness.

Check your heart and ask yourself this question: As a Christian, how should I respond? Not as a mother, how do I respond?…or as a Canadian, or police officer, or black man, or conservative.

Your ultimate identity is not found in those things, if you claim to be in the light and wear the badge ‘Christian’.

It is so easy to turn out the light and join the shadowy brawls. Especially when we’re hiding behind a computer screen. I know this is true because I know my own heart and weakness. We just want to join the senseless noise. We want to add to the ever-increasing up-chuck that funnels through cyberspace all in the name of “getting something off our chest”.

We think it will bring clarity, but all it brings is further obscurity to the light that brings truth.

Jesus is the light of the world, and all our answers should be found in Him. Our default in these times of complexity must always be grace first.

Not jumping to defend our political party.

Just grace.

Just mourning with those who mourn.

Just loving, mercy-filled care and concern for the afflicted in our midst.

We don’t know the whole story based on the media, but we do know that people are hurting in this world for all kinds of reason. But we cannot hate our brothers and then say we’re in the light.

My dear Christian friends, in a world that calls us to join in the musky fog. Remain where its bright. Don’t resort to darkness…stay in the light of Christ.

And then pray with me. Pray for justice only the Father can sort out and hand down. And for truth to reign in our world and most importantly for Christ’s triumphant return.

Where all things will be made right.

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Let Me Direct You Elsewhere…

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Women, Trade Self-Worth For Awe And Wonder: This is by far the best thing I’ve read this week. And I’m a little annoyed I didn’t write it myself. Please read it. I can’t tell you how many women I know (myself included) who fall into the trap of self-worth seeking above our search to know God better.

Matt Chandlers Challenge To Men: And this one is for the guys. I can only imagine what would happen to marriages, families and church’s if men actually took this challenge seriously. It would probably be a revolution.

How The Gospel Turns Racial Apathy Into Empathy: You would do very well to watch this clip. These are very interesting and rocky times, and it should be the church that responds with empathy not argument. Please watch.

Do You Believe You’re Dispensable: This one is good for pastors but I can imagine probably for a lot of other people also. Its a short post meant to humble us but also encourage us with the reminder that God is at the helm.

Mumford & Sons – Si Tu Veux (Ft. Baaba Maal & The Very Best): This song is my sons new favorite. And I believe that makes him a boy of great taste. It is hauntingly beautiful.

 

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Let Me Direct You Elsewhere…

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What Shootings And Racial Justice Mean For The Body Of Christ: Given the terrible week we’ve had, I must post to as much good Christian writing on the topic as possible. Lets seek to understand before we react! As usual Moore nails it.

Black Lives, Power Politics And The Unborn: And yet again, as usual, Piper nails it also. Please give this one a read!

How To Pray In Our Time Of National Crisis: And this is the answer. We must pray and we must contend for the faith to bring peace, harmony and shalom to a broken and sinful world. Read and then pray!

How Can Black And Whites Stand Together On Racial Injustice: If you are Christian and white, educate yourself and listen to this helpful interchange. Take the posture of a student and just hear them out.

 

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We Always Choose Death…

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At least when given the opportunity.

Our culture is one that feeds and thrives off death. It joyfully drips with it. And is the effect of a survival of the fittest society. Although it’s not fully known or thought through in that manner by most of the participants, this is, in definition how we operate.

Our hearts long for it.

We don’t like its name, so we give it new ones. Like, choice or dignity. Freedom is by far the most disturbing. As though being free reeks of that much blood.

Blood that stains the conscience of us all. It flows from the children murdered under guise of choice. And the elderly or depressed cloaked in so-called dignity. And then we ignore the brutality of those with foreign colored skin and call ourselves free.

But all we’ve done is return to the garden. Only not for its beautiful goodness and closeness with God. No not for such things as this.

Just for its forbidden fruit.

The whispers of something that slithers calls us to eat. Calls us to experience the very wisdom of God for ourselves. This sly scoundrel speaks of the poisonous fruit as though it makes us God. We hear the lies and are drawn to it. So we indulge this beast. The one that slithers and the one in our heart.

It was a choice.

And we chose death.

At every opportunity, just like the one in the beginning, we choose death believing its life.

Our local news is filled with it. The horrors and its glossy renamed counterparts.

 See, I have set before you today life and good, death and evil. ~Deuteronomy 30:15

The words of Moses are as relevant to the Israelites as they are to us today. And as he urges, so do I. Let us be people of life. Let us choose it when the options arise. Though the latter seem sweet. Though its aroma may lie to our senses and entice us with desire. May we ponder upon the murder of our Saviour, and His blood flowing and finally have enough of it.

Then let us resist evil and most important, know the difference.

So it should be that the people of God be consistent in our love of life. All of life. From its microscopic beginnings to its illness riddled end. And everything in between. Every age, economic bracket and race.

May we be life-givers; midwives of goodness.

Speaking it and practicing it.

In a world blood-thirsty for death, let’s shine a bright light on the true way of life.

Therefore choose life, that you and your offspring may live, loving the Lord your God, obeying his voice and holding fast to him, for he is your life and length of days, that you may dwell in the land that the Lord swore to your fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give them. ~Deuteronomy 30:19b-20

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Let Me Direct You Elsewhere…

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What Every Husband Should Know About Stay-At-Home-Moms: This is short but worth it for any stay-at-home-mom. No SAHM should dare to deal with inner chaos on her own. She needs to be surrounded by other godly women whose hope is in the Lord. And she needs her husband’s help, too.

Why Knowing Your Flock Is Critical For Meaningful Preaching: I’m just going to be bold and say I hate the new church practice of having lead pastors only preach and then protecting them from their own flock. You could be the best preacher in the world, but if your flock doesn’t experience your care, they’re no longer listening. This problem is certainly aggravated but not limited to satellite church’s. I’m glad this is not my pastor. If ministry is your life, give this one a read.

Raising Christian Kids In A Public School: Having our children in public school has brought up all kinds of interesting challenges. But none of them are reasons not for us to be there. The conversations we’ve were inevitable anyway. Maybe this will be helpful for some of you in our same boat.

Bikini’s And Modesty: It’s that time of year again. I appreciate, though, how Piper handles this question.

Mumford & Sons, Baaba Maal, The Very Best, Beatenburg – Wona: It’s on repeat and a lot of family dancing has taken place to it.

Josh Garrels – Hiding Place: Another song on repeat, but with less dancing.

 

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