The Passion of the Christ is a movie about the last days of Jesus. I have been able to watch the movie once. It is so real in the depiction of His death and resurrection it’s difficult to watch. I was amazed at the number of people moved by the movie in the theater when we went to see it. There were a lot of people openly weeping…never heard or saw anything like it.
Even today, when I think about the beatings, pain and humiliation Christ suffered for us, it brings me to tears. To think our Father would sacrifice His only son so that we could be reunited with Him is overwhelming. Can you imagine, in your wildest dreams, allowing your son or daughter to be offered up as a sacrifice for someone else? My mind can’t even go there.
Today is the beginning of the Easter celebration. The video below is a reminder of what our Father allowed and what Christ did for all of us. The blessings it’s brought to our lives are immeasurable.
Kelley Mooney’s Lyrical Adaptation of Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah.
We work hard to make a living, and many of us are not sure how or why we should give any of it away. Besides, after the mortgage and the bills and the tuition payments, there really isn’t much left over. But Scripture tells a very different story when describing what belongs to us and what belongs to God. In part 2 of our series Consider the Source, Pastor Steven challenges the way we approach our giving, and why our generosity says a lot about how we view God.
Last year we watched a sermon series about spiritual warfare by Chip Ingram titled, ‘The Invisible War’. In one part of the series Chip talked about how the enemy will come against you at so many angles, that once you see it, it become laughable. Last weekend was a great example of just that, spiritual warfare that got to the point where all Joanne and I could do was laugh about it.
I mean seriously, move 3 times, deal with one silly hurdle after another. It seemed like we got one thing taken care of and we had something else come up. If we took all of last year and looked at the few times we had to work through something, it doesn’t add up to the challenges we faced last weekend.
Sin, is sin, is sin. Some how man has managed to give sin degrees or should I say, there is little sin and big sin. As a society we have lost the absolutes of what is right or wrong, especially if it impacts your life in particular. I hear people all the time say that truth is realitive to who you are and what your situation is…I just shake my head in disbelief.
The biggest lie we tell ourselves is the Lord wants us happy, so we throw away marriages instead of working through our problems or live in adulteress relationships or gluttony or greed or laziness or insert your favorite sin here _________ . We are better than anyone at convincing ourselves that we should do or be because it’s what God wants us to do. Jeremiah put it best 17:9 “The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it?”
A few years ago a pastor friend of mine made a statement that caught my ear, “Prosperity is the fruit of a disciplined life.” Even though it makes perfect sense all on it’s own, it is supported by scripture, Deut 5:33 ‘Walk in obedience to all that the LORD your God has commanded you, so that you may live and prosper and prolong your days in the land that you will possess.’
When we start on a new venture with our business, my first thought is, “Does the Lord want us to do this?” Before I do anything that costs money, I wait for clear guidance from Him. Confirmation is always through an open door of opportunity, one He has provided not one we opened, or the correct circumstances or the right people or equipment. We know it’s an absolute when ALL of those items happen simultaneously.