Sunday, June 21, 2015

BEING ALONE

THE TRUTH IS I LIKE TRAVELING ALONE. I enjoy flying alone. I enjoy being in a rental car alone. I enjoy having a hotel room all to myself, and I don’t even mind eating alone.  I guess you could call me a loner, or in the parlance of the psychological world, an introvert.

All the above is true, except for one exception. I love having Linda with me! When I travel to seminars and conferences I miss being able to turn around and talk with Linda; to point out something I see along the way, or to share something I just learned.  Yes, I am a loner who doesn’t always like to be alone.  It’s great to have a good traveling partner. One that is Okay with my introverted, not always wanting to go and do something with someone, personality.

The reality is, I don’t like being separated from my wife. I need to have the one who loves me and the one I love, close at hand.  We don’t even have to be in conversation, it is just enough knowing that she is near.

This week at VBS we talked about “God’s Crazy Love,” and as part of our activity with the kids we learned Romans 8:38-39 (complete with hand motions.) The Apostle Paul wrote to the Roman Church,

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.

This portion of God’s Word is an important reminder that wherever we may be, or wherever we may go, or whatever may happen to us, there is nothing that can “separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord!”

And that’s a truth that even an introverted loner can live with and say, “AMEN!”

Sunday, June 14, 2015

GOD'S CRAZY LOVE!

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CHECK THIS OUT, GOD CHOSE TO LOVE US! He didn’t wait for us to get good. He didn’t require us to pay some sort of ransom. Nor did He make us grovel in the dirt of the earth begging for a slight bit of His mercy. None of those things were required, rather as the Apostle Paul tells us, “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8) He loved us and demonstrated that love not through some mushy sentimentality of a Hallmark card, but through the precious, unfathomable, costly and atoning death of His Son, Jesus, the Messiah.

If all this sounds a little crazy well it is! Crazy might not be the best theological term to use, but let’s face it, that kind of demonstration of life-saving love is way beyond normal. It’s a love that is both deep and wide. It is a love that is compassionate and sacrificial. It is a love that is beyond searching out and yet is available to all who will seek it out.  It’s crazy love!

It is this Crazy Love of God that we are going to celebrate with over 230 kids from our community in that great and fun-filled week we call Vacation Bible School. This year, as in years past, we desire to reach out to the kids that enter our doors with the love and grace of our Lord Jesus. Through great music, crafts, games, drama, snacks and mission activity we seek to help each child encounter the Crazy Love of God.

I invite you to get a little crazy with me for a moment and imagine the impact that could be made in the lives of kids, their families and in our entire community if we saw 100’s of kids receive and act upon God’s Crazy Love!


What is needed to make that a reality? Your prayers!

Sunday, June 07, 2015

GOD BOXES

YOU CANNOT PUT GOD IN A BOX, if you try to you will limit your experience of the greatness of the character of God. Please note I said, you will limit, not that God is limited by the box in which you try to place Him. The boxes we try to place God into can come in all shapes and sizes, but they will all limit our experience of who God truly is.

Now, I must give this one little caveat, that is even if we work very diligently to not put God into any box whatsoever, we will still never grasp the depth and breadth of the sovereign, eternal creator of all that is and ever will be. Our minds are just too small to take Him all in, and in reality that is a good thing, for who wants a God who is limited by our understanding of Him? Surely not I.

Though we should not place God in a box there are boxes that God places us in so that we can learn of His power, love, forgiveness, compassion, healing, presence and peace. These boxes, as you can imagine, can seem restricting, confining, uncomfortable and down-right not enjoyable. But here is what I have learned; it is in those places of feeling unloved that we can best experience the love of God. It is those places of restriction that we can best know His freedom. It is in the box of loneliness that we can know His presence. And, when we find ourselves in the box with the lid taped shut and dwelling in the darkness, it is there we can know best the One who is the Light of the world.

Today if you find yourself stuck in a box, rather than wearing yourself out trying to kick and claw your way out of the box, rest in it.  God, the eternal One, is there in the box with you. He is ready to sooth you with His loving presence and to give you His peace.


Receive today the gift of your box. It might be one of God’s greatest gifts He has for you, for in it you will meet Him.