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Mar 25, 2016

So He Sent His Only Son

Photo Credit Gail Lindsay
In Matthew 12:1-11, Jesus shares a parable of a man that planted a vineyard and leased it to tenant farmers and moved to another country. At grape picking time he sent one of his men to collect his share of the crop. The tenant farmers beat up the man and sent him back empty handed. The owner sent another man and he was beaten even worse. He sent subsequent men that were beaten or killed. 
Finally, the man sent his only son thinking the farmers would give him their full respect. Instead, the farmers saw the son as a threat thinking he surely would own the farm when his father died, so they killed him as well. Jesus went on to ask those listening to him what they thought the father would do next. The answer was that the father would kill them and lease the vineyard to others.
Jesus knew the story and the outcome because it was more than a story. He was sharing the truth about exactly what had taken place and was about to take place as a result of the evil hearts and minds of mankind. What the listeners of the story didn't know was the truth that you now know. God's perfect plan was for Jesus to sacrifice His life and overcome death for you and other believers. God's perfect plan allowed the gift of grace and salvation to extend to many. This is a true reflection of the lovingkindness of the Almighty. 
Lift you heart and voice to Him in gratitude and praise for The Rock the builders had thrown away become the Cornerstone, the most honored stone in the building. This is the Lord's doing, and it is an amazing thing to see! Matthew 12:10-11



Mar 14, 2016

When I Am Weak

Photo Credit Gail Lindsay

Feeling insufficient? Feeling like you are not enough? Maybe you are dealing with life's shortcomings and questioning where God is. When things go wrong and you can't see the light at the end of the tunnel it can become overwhelming. You may begin to wonder if God knows what He is doing. Why are things happening they way they are and why isn't God there when you need Him? 

God sees you. He hears your prayers and knows the details of your life. He wants to fill the void, calm your fear, and be your comfort. He is fully ready to provide you grace that is sufficient to close all the crevices of your aching soul and flood you with light. No, your life isn't perfect but the Living God of Perfection is caring for you. He is all you need and is certainly enough for you today, tomorrow and forever.

But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 
2 Corinthians 12:9

Mergers and Acquisitions


The competition is heating up. It is becoming more and more common for corporations, health care organizations and businesses to merge. In some cases a large company acquires a smaller one or two companies join together to become stronger and able to survive in a competitive market place. These strategies are often based on pure survival and provide a solution to allow for growth and improved services and profitability.

Some Christians embrace God as an opportunistic experience. They join a church to fulfill their needs and join forces on a religious journey. Like other strategic relationships, they align themselves with the right church community at the right time. The truth though is God is not a merger or acquisition proposition. He doesn't need a partnership and will not benefit from any relationship arrangement. God is not fooled by "what's in it for me" thinking. He sees right through self serving behaviors and knows the truth and state of each and every heart and every single intention. 

Maybe you have been treating your interaction with Jesus like a merger rather than a holy and blessed relationship. You may have determined the rules of engagement, marginalized the relationship to your terms and time line, even considered renegotiationg with Him when things don't go your way. Isn't it about time to fully surrender to His majesty and grace? Don't you deserve to know Him totally and fully? Let go of the parameters and rules you set on your relationship with Christ. Lose yourself in Him and discover the awe striking wonder of the Almighty God of the Universe.

"Cease striving and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth." Psalm 46:10

Mar 6, 2016

Artist

Photo Credit: Anthony Basile/Calif Coast

It is said that a picture is worth a thousand words and that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. True beauty and true art are breathtaking and provide moments where you pause in awe. The most beauty and awe is found in the gorgeous artistic work of God. His use of color, texture and contrast present in the beauty of a sunset, a hummingbird or a delicate flower is pure priceless artistry. 

God's artistic handiwork is everywhere. You can lift your eyes and see it in the full moon, blue puffy cloud filled sky or a countless stars sparkling at midnight. God's artistry doesn't stop there. It abounds in and fills the depths of the ocean, is evident in animals, trees, the desert, mountains and rock canyons. God's greatest handiwork however is seen much closer to home. It is in the sweet smiles and beautiful eyes of loved ones. 

God is the Great Artist. He has designed and provided you a unique one of a kind view of His never ending workmanship. Stop and appreciate it. Praise Him and give thanks. Snap a photo to capture the moment, breathe in the scent of sweet blooms, listen to the symphony of the birds and fill up on the love of His precious grace.

 “The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork.” 
Psalm 19:1

Mar 1, 2016

No Appointment Necessary.


Appointments. They are not always easy to make. Dentist, hair stylist, dog groomer, doctor, and accountant to name a few. Each so specialized and in demand that you almost always need to plan ahead and book in advance. Having an appointment is no guarantee that you will be provided services at the time you expect. Often even with an appointment you need to wait. 

There is one more important than any of these individuals. To have undivided attention with Him any time you don't need prior booking of an appointment. Jesus Christ is always available, 24 hour a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. It doesn't matter the time of day or day of week. In fact, it doesn't matter how much or how often you need to spend time with Him. He is there for you totally, fully and  unconditionally. No appointment is necessary for you to have an audience with the Most High God of the Universe. Incredible, unbelievable and absolutely true.

 “Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.” Peter 5:7