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The 12 hour drive home went smoothly and the only casualties were 2 of the Barbie’s, one lost an arm and the other her head. The drive inspired me to quote lyrics from a song for my last vacation quotes and pics posts. Also, here are a few pics I took just outside Gleichen, I love Alberta!

I can be there for you when it can’t get much harder
I can cover your head when life starts to rain
I can hold on tight when you feel like you’re falling
I can bread crumb the path when you’ve lost your way
I can make you laugh when the whole world is crying
I can build you up when you’re broken in shame
But if all that we do is absent of Jesus, then this so called love is completely in vain…

Mercy Me This So Called Love from the album The Generous Mr.Lovewell

 
When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them because they were confused and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. He said to his disciples, “The harvest is great, but the workers are few. So pray to the Lord who is in charge of the harvest; ask him to send more workers into his fields.”

Matthew 9:36-38

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Matt Chandler’s book The Explicit Gospel is out and is currently half price at ChristianBooks.com. Needless to say my copy should arrive sometime next week, I’m a little excited! As part of the book tour Chandler stopped at Mars Hill in Seattle and gave a fantastic presentation about what the Gospel is and is not (Check it out below or on the Resurgence website – 58 minutes that will change your life). Guess what? It is not about you doing better.

 
13 For He rescued us from the domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son, 14  in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.
15 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. 16 For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities— all things have been created through Him and for Him.17 He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together. 18 He is also head of the body, the church; and He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that He Himself will come to have first place in everything. 19 For it was the Father’s good pleasure for all the fullness to dwell in Him, 20 and through Him to reconcile all things to Himself, having made peace through the blood of His cross; through Him, I say, whether things on earth or things in heaven.
21 And although you were formerly alienated and hostile in mind, engaged in evil deeds, 22 yet He has now reconciled you in His fleshlybody through death, in order to present you before Him holy and blameless and beyond reproach— 23 if indeed you continue in the faith firmly established and steadfast, and not moved away from the hope of the gospel that you have heard, which was proclaimed in all creation under heaven, and of which I, Paul, was made a minister.

Colossians 1.13-23

One point Chandler looks at is the fact that we are all hypocrites. This is not just a Christian issue, but an issue with all mankind, we never walk what we talk 100% of the time. That is the beauty of the Gospel, thankfully we are not saved by our own actions. We can’t be saved by our works (Romans 3.23)! If we were to make followers of ourselves this would be a problem, but we are to be followers of Christ who did walk the talk all the way to dying for you and me. He conquered death, He conquered sin, He sets the example. Christ is the head and the church is the body (Colossians 1.18) . The body may be a little deformed, but it is the head holds us all together. The church is not perfect but Christ came to heal the sick.

My heart is a work in progress!

What does Jesus say? Make disciples not make decisions. Disciples, what you can say is, here is a follower his life used to like this and this is what it is like now, his marriage used to be like this and this is what it is like now. Well how does that happen? You need to know your purpose is to make disciples. You need to have a plan of evangelism. Lost people come to Christ. Then a plan of discipleship, you assimilate that person now that they are a believer and are baptized not just with water but into the life of the body of the church where they are loved and cared for. And then we teach them all that he has taught us so that their lifestyle actually demonstrates the life of Christ.

Chip Ingram from How to Build a High Impact Church Session 1

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The Power of God

Then what god will be able to rescue you from my hand?”
Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego replied to him, “King Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to defend ourselves before you in this matter. If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to deliver us from it, and he will deliver us from Your Majesty’s hand. But even if he does not, we want you to know, Your Majesty, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up.”
Daniel 3.15-18

Whether God chooses to rescue us or not are we willing to accept his sovereignty?

I was reminded this week that all Jesus’ miracles were temporary. The 5000 were eventually hungry again and Lazarus eventually died again. When God steps in to save the day it is really just prolonging the inevitable. The inevitable is that whether Sadrach, Meshach, and Abednego were saved or not they would have to stand before God and give an account. God’s saving work in the fiery furnace is not about physically saving them from worldly injustice, but part of God’s desire that all should be saved eternally (1 Timothy 2.4). It points to something more, the one who was to come to redeem the world.

But you, dear friends, by building yourselves up in your most holy faith and praying in the Holy Spirit, keep yourselves in God’s love as you wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to bring you to eternal life.

Be merciful to those who doubt; save others by snatching them from the fire; to others show mercy, mixed with fear—hating even the clothing stained by corrupted flesh.
 To him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you before his glorious presence without fault and with great joy— to the only God our Savior be glory, majesty, power and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and forevermore! Amen.
Jude 1.20-25
 

Update: The sermon that inspired this post has been posted online, King Me – The King in Babylon record December 11,2011 by Rev. Terry Lee. You can watch it here or download the audio here.

Consider what God has done:

Who can straighten
what he has made crooked?
When times are good, be happy;
but when times are bad, consider this:
God has made the one
as well as the other.
Therefore, no one can discover
anything about their future.

In this meaningless life of mine I have seen both of these:

the righteous perishing in their righteousness,
and the wicked living long in their wickedness.
Do not be overrighteous,
neither be overwise—
why destroy yourself?
Do not be overwicked,
and do not be a fool—
why die before your time?
It is good to grasp the one 
   and not let go of the other. 
   Whoever fears God will avoid all extremes.

Ecclesiastes 7.13-18

** As a side note if you want to figure out your purpose read this book. Don’t forget who it is pointing to as it directs us to focus on Christ and not of things of this world. **

Christ, Our Meaning

BibleGateway.com verse of  the day: “What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul?” Mark 8:36 NIV

This echoes the wisdom of King Solomon when he wrote

I, the Teacher, was king over Israel in Jerusalem. I applied my mind to study and to explore by wisdom all that is done under the heavens. What a heavy burden God has laid on mankind! I have seen all the things that are done under the sun; all of them are meaningless, a chasing after the wind.

What is crooked cannot be straightened; 
   what is lacking cannot be counted.

I said to myself, “Look, I have increased in wisdom more than anyone who has ruled over Jerusalem before me; I have experienced much of wisdom and knowledge.” Then I applied myself to the understanding of wisdom, and also of madness and folly, but I learned that this, too, is a chasing after the wind.

For with much wisdom comes much sorrow; 
   the more knowledge, the more grief.

Ecclesiastes 1.12-18

We often sell ourselves short of the true reason why Christ came. Ecclesiastes leads us down the path that all things of this world are meaningless but there is a reason for hope! Thankfully God is not of this world He is the creator of this world and through him we can find purpose and meaning. Whether you are looking at the God of the Old Testament or New Testament you find that He is the same and that nothing means anything useless you involve Him in your work. We do not serve a God who wants to make us comfortable. We serve a God that states that “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me” (Luke 9.23). Simply put “What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul?” Thankfully Christ is the only way to correcting our broken relationship with the Creator of everything. Christ is the one who gives meaning to everything since “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind” (John 1.1-4).

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