Tuesday, March 10, 2015

The Surprise of Hope- Love

"The point of 1 Corinthians 13 is that love is not our duty; it is our destiny. It is the language Jesus spoke, and we are called to speak it so we can converse with him. It is the language Jesus spoke, and we are called to speak it so that we can converse with Him. It is the food they eat in God's new world, and we must acquire the taste for it here and now. It is the music God has written for all his creatures to sing, and we are called to learn it and practice it now so as to be ready when the conductor brings down His baton. It is the resurrection life, and the resurrected Jesus calls us to begin living it with him and for Him right now. Love is at the very heart of the surprise of hope."

Direct Quote from: Surprised by Hope- by NT Wright

Monday, March 2, 2015

Quote for the day

"Often, to be free means the ability to deal with the realities of one's own situation so as not to be overcome by them."

- Howard Thurman, For the Inward Journey: The Writings of Howard Thurman

Saturday, February 21, 2015

But each one in his own order....

As we draw near to the season of Passover, it is helpful to re-examine the significance of this celebration.  This annual time of reflection extends back to the Jewish festivals which were developed early on as a representation of what was to happen in a future time. Passover was the time when the first crop of barley was presented before the Lord. Seven weeks later, Pentecost was the time when the firstfruits of the wheat harvest was presented. The offerings of the firstfruits signifies the great harvest still to come.

Historically, Passover commemorated Israel coming out of Egypt while Pentecost recognized the arrival of the Jews at Mt. Sinai where the giving of the 10 Commandments (Torah) occurred. "The two strands were woven together since part of God's promise in liberating Israel and giving it the law was that Israel would inherit the land and that the land would be fruitful."

1 Corinthians 15, the apostle Paul applies this Passover image to Jesus. Stating (verses 20-23): "But now Christ is risen from the dead, and has become the firstfruits of those who have fallen sleep. For since by man came death [Adam], by Man [Jesus] also came the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ all shall be made alive. But each one in his own order: Christ the firstfruits, afterward those who are Christ's at His coming."

So it will be ....to each of us [those who have placed their faith in Jesus/Yeshua]... in this order:

Already taken place:

Death through Adam----Christ's death----Christ's resurrection

"Afterward" / Soon to take place:

Our death (falling asleep)---Christ's return---Our resurrection (w/Christ)

-Quote from Surprised by Hope by N.T. Wright

Thursday, February 5, 2015

A Cow lives better than 60% of this world

Terry was in Rwanda recently on a work assignment. He met a teenage girl named Constance. Sixteen years old, she sometimes suffered from anemia, which often left her tired. She had no access to medical care because of her poverty. Constance spends most of her day outdoors, where she works on a small patch of land she received when her mother and father died of HIV/AIDS. She cannot go to school because she needs to care for siblings. They manage one meal a day and live in a one-room shack w/out electricity. She receives no subsidies from her government. Once, a local church gave her some money to buy clothes and school supplies for her little brother, but that was a long time ago. 

Terry could not help comparing her to Betsy in Europe. He had come to know Betsy when he was living and working in France. Betsy is young, healthy, and, frankly, productive. She lives in the French countryside, spends most of her time outdoA Coors, and gets free meals and wonderful accommodations that are heated and air conditioned. She has 100 percent health care coverage and, like many others, gets a daily subsidy of about $3.00 from the government to cover auxiliary expenses. She is in great shape and has a bright future.

Betsy and Constance do not have quite the same existence. Betsy has it made. The tragedy is that Betsy is a cow, and Constance is a human being. They represent the incredible disparity so unexamined in our world. The World Bank tells us that the average European Union cow has more to live on per day in European Union subsidies than 60% of the people in the developing world. It appears that it is better to be a cow in France than to be a child in the developing world. When a French cow is wealthier than two billion people in this world, we should wake up and take notice.

-Direct excerpt from Going Global by Nelson, King, & Smith

Saturday, January 31, 2015

The grief process

Denial, anger, bargaining, acceptance....this is the grief process.

Embrace it...

Don't fight it...

Go through it....

It's a part of life...love and loss....it's all a part of life