So here’s my new shirt. I know it’s fly, but here’s the question: tuck or no tuck?
Now, if you’re serious about the no tuck or you just want to have a little fun, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and say something like, “Brian really should not tuck his shirt in today.”
It’s been such a crazy week that I haven’t had a chance to reflect on last Sunday and how amazing it was to hear MeadowBrook shouting out “Oh praise the One who paid my debt and raised this life up from the dead!” We turned our attention to the cross and Christ’s work for us and engaged Him in an incredibly real way. This week our attention will again be on His work, our salvation, and our response. We will sing:
Let the Praises Ring
Our God Saves
Fountain of Life (with There is a Fountain)
Sinner Saved by Grace
Amazing Grace (My Chains are Gone)
I am so pumped.
There are many ways to help in Haiti right now. Here’s another. Sonya’s brother’s ministry, Heart of the Bride, is in Haiti. They have set up a recovery fund and will be touching those who have been affected directly. You can read about it and donate here. They will also be taking trips later this year when the time for recovery comes.
Pray and give. If you can, go.
until the artist puts it in its place. Check out this video of the winner of Ukraine’s version of “America’s Got Talent.” Here’s the description on YouTube:
Kseniya Simonova is a Ukrainian artist who just won Ukraine’s version of “America’s Got Talent.” She uses a giant light box, dramatic music, imagination and “sand painting” skills to interpret Germany’s invasion and occupation of Ukraine during WWII.
Here’s the video (I recommend full screen):
I’ve been doing a lot of talking this week. Today I’m listening. You don’t have to be wordy, preachy, or quote a bunch of scripture. Just tell me what is God saying to you?
I keep thinking about yesterday’s post and the greatness and mercy of our God. Then I thought about the parable of the prodigal son. He’d made his choice. His rebellion was deliberate. What if God had intertwined Deuteronomy 4:29 with the parable of the prodigal son? I believe He would have said something like this to the son as he longed to eat the pig’s food:
I know the choices you’ve made. I know you’ve rebelled. I’ve seen every situation you’ve been in. I know what you’ve surrendered to, what you’ve worshiped. Every choice gave me pain. Though everything I have is available for my children, you chose to take a just a little portion and use it for yourself. You thought you knew better and that you deserved more and that you could make your own choices. You left and chose your own way. The way of destruction. Though you couldn’t see it, I knew where that road would lead. I tried to tell you but you wouldn’t listen. You laughed, turned, and walked away.
But if from your pigpen in a far away land, you turn and seek me with all your heart; if you purpose in your heart to climb out of the muddy pit and leave the land of rebellion, turning your back on the places and things you once chose as your god, you will find me. You know where I am. You’ve been here before. I am still here. You’ll find me scanning the horizon, my gaze firmly fixed on that point where your silhouette disappeared so long ago. Hoping. Wishing. Wanting to see it appear again. Don’t worry. I know you’ll be dirty. I know you’ll smell like pigs and your hair will be all matted together from wallowing in the mud. But I’ll recognize you. I know your walk. I know you like no one else does. And when I see you, O, when I see you, I’ll run to you and throw my arms around your dirty smelly self and I’ll rejoice. I’ll throw a party like no other. I will wash you clean. Give me those ragged garments; those things have no place on my child. Surrender your depressed countenance and I’ll give you true joy that no false god can give. I am your Father. Return to me. I’m waiting.
Remember, you can’t run so far that you can’t return to God. He’s waiting. Arms open wide. He’s a great God and His love and mercy know no end.
This morning, Deuteronomy 4 reminded me of what an incredible, merciful God we serve. He is holy. And He is a consuming fire. A jealous God.
Be careful not to forget the covenant of the Lord your God that He made with you; do not make for yourselves an idol in the form of anything the Lord your God has forbidden For the Lord your God is a consuming fire, a jealous God. Deut. 4:23 – 24
God is not willing to give up the glory He is due. This is a serious matter. It was serious to the Israelites and it is serious to us today. We are not to give our allegiance – our worship – to anything, or one, other than the Lord our God. But when we do…
The Lord will scatter you among the peoples, and only a few of you will survive among the nations to which the Lord will drive you. But if from there you seek the Lord your God, you will find Him if you look for Him with all your heart and with all your soul. Deut. 4:27, 29
At first, this may look like an incredibly harsh passage. Like I said, this is a serious matter to our Lord. But look again. What I see the incredible mercy of our God. What I see is this: you can’t stray so far that you can’t return to God. From wherever you are, if you seek Him with all of your heart and soul, you will find Him. Waiting. Arms open wide. There may be correction still. There may be consequences to deal with. But He’s there, like a loving Father.
For the Lord your God is a merciful God: He will not abandon or destroy you… Deut. 4:31a
Man, God is so good. Thank You, God, for your incredible love and mercy. I am so undeserving. Amen.