A living Christ

This devotional spoke to me this morning, in my sleeplessness:

The women were terribly frightened and bowed their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, “Why do you look for the living among the dead? — Luke 24:5 NET

A DYING Christ alone, will not satisfy your heart. While you praise the love that was crucified for you–you crave love from a Savior who lives. Memories of a friend who has died, may be very sweet. The fragrance of ‘departed love’ stays in a home, like the perfume of sweet flowers, when the flowers have been borne away. But how unsatisfying are the mere memories of your friend–when your heart hungers for love’s real presence, and touch and tenderness! No more will the mere memories of the Love that died on the cross for you–satisfy your cravings for Christ. You must have the living One for your friend!

“My soul thirsts for God, for the living God!” cried the psalmist, and cries every redeemed soul. It is only as we realize the truth of a living Christ–that our hearts are satisfied. We crave love—a bosom to lean upon, a hand to touch ours, a heart whose beatings we can feel, a personal friendship that will come into our life with its sympathy, its inspiration, its companionship, its shelter, its life, its comfort. All this, the living Christ is to us, if we but learn the blessed truth of his resurrection. “I am the Living One; I was dead, and behold I am alive for ever and ever!” Revelation 1:18.

Purpose once again

Can you find yourself somewhere in the quote below? Probably, we all can. The experiences of life can often be crushing. But God can make us stand. He can make us whole. He gives us purpose, joy, and life.

There are a lot of things in life that rob us of joy and purpose. Sin weighs us down. Failure overwhelms us. Mistreatment robs us of value. Disappointment visits too often. Loss and grief become an unwelcome intruder that refuse to leave. Sometimes we are swamped by the cares of life, and we struggle for air. At times we want to give up. But we don’t, because we have one overriding hope that infuses us with joy and purpose once again: resurrection.

1 Cor. 15 affirms the foundation of our faith. But, it does more. It gives us the hope and strength to get up and start all over again tomorrow. Thank God for the resurrection.

These words from an old acquaintance spoke to me this morning.

Every fact of the Good News is precious, because each one speaks of God’s intricate and beautiful plan. I want to be a part. Come be a part yourself. And share with others that God invites all of us to be a part.

What fact of the Good News is especially precious to you?

Reasons for celebration

Whatever good system the founding fathers of America established is hardly, if at all, recognizable today. “Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness” are no longer American values, except for a twisted version of the last one. Today is not a day of celebration. It ought to be of mourning. Christians are thankful to have true life in Christ, freedom from sin and its eternal consequences because of the Cross, and the possession of irrepressible joy in the Holy Spirit. These are the real reasons for celebration.

Laptop closed for two days

Two days without opening up my laptop. Must be an all-time record. I did check email on the iPad, watch notices flow by (without response) on the smartphone, but no serious engagement with anyone. Motive: a bug in the old organic system called the body. Not completely conquered as of today, but at least said system is up and about, anxious to live and move and breathe.

So what about Jesus’ family?

  1. Here in the Urbanova congregation this is the month of the family, for our messages. Last Sunday, on that first couple to be created. Today, the roles of husband and wife.

  2. So that people don’t freak out, on the 23rd, we’ll talk about Jesus’ physical family. What should I say about them?

  3. Much font search and experimentation today. That ought to do me for the rest of the year.

  4. What is our life but a vapor, but a vain attempt to drive down a stake to hold us here, when every connection to earth will soon be broken?

  5. Heaven and earth and hell are in the hands of God, and every creature, man himself and all his plans and dreams.

  6. An original verse: The name of man and all his fine devices / Avail him nothing, neither his sacrifices.

  7. A Bible verse: “Then I confessed my sin; I no longer covered up my wrongdoing. I said, ‘I will confess my rebellious acts to the Lord.’ And then you forgave my sins” Psa 32.5.

Tomorrow a city holiday

Tomorrow is a city holiday, so it’s the beginning of a long weekend for many folks here. I’ve worked out at the gym three days this week, so I’ve gotten my minimal time in. Minimal by my mind’s measure. If all goes well tomorrow afternoon, I’ll have taught three Bible studies since Wednesday. Plus other stuff. The study tonight started at 10 pm, at the gym.

Times are when

Times are when we must work in the fog, and slog through the mud, having only a general sense of the right direction and little notion of progress.