The case of the missing weight – and one we will never have to bear
This morning in our workout, one of the ladies couldn’t find her weight. She brought if from home, as she does every Wednesday. She knows she brought it with her and set it down with her inhaler. When it came time to use it, she couldn’t find it. She was frustrated. We were frustrated for her. We never did figure out what happened to it, or even if she had brought it. She has had that weight for eight years.
What is even more confusing is why we are looking for our weight of sin and guilt when it has been bought by the blood of Jesus. We make up reasons why God is not pleased with us, why He does not hear our prayers, why He is disappointed in us. For some of us, we feel that way because we forget things. For others, it is the fact that our bodies are slow or broken. Of course, who can forget about the guilt that “we could do a lot more, with a lot better attitude, and a lot less focus on ourselves.” Well, guess what. We could all say that, but that is not what God says about us.
God looks at us and sees one thing – The sinless, perfect, complete sacrifice of His Son. What is Jesus doing? He is covering you. He is praying for you. He is feeling everything you feel. He is declaring you clean, pure, holy, set apart, and bound for Heaven. He is comforting you. He is giving you blessed assurance. He is NOT condemning you or me. We live under the full authority of His grace, mercy, forgiveness, and peace. We belong to Jesus, and He is not ashamed to call us His own. He is not looking for your weight. Why? Because He already took it at the cross.
The years between 2005 until now 2019 have been long and hard. We made a lot of mistakes in our marriage, but The Lord had a plan through it all. I had a glimpse of that plan when we separated in 2007, I fell to my knees cried out to God and He showed me we would live together in our own home and serve our community. The home you see on the end of the video is not finished, but we sign for it today. It is the home God promised me in 2007!
Through the years there has been much pain for us, our children and others who are close to us. I would like to say right now we are sorry. Sorry for our bullheadedness, my fear and control to try to deal with my fears. But, what satan stole from us thru temptations and sins God is now giving back 1000 fold. You see we do not deserve this home, what we should get for our sins is to live apart and struggling. But, just for our believing and trusting God He is blessing us.
God uses broken people like us. Already someone from the closest Salvation Army has agreed to give us a ride to church once we move into the home. I believe that is where we will be serving our community. I do not know much more than that right now but I trust as we do the next good step He will bless others with showing His power through us. Today we are going to sign the papers for the home. Work still needs to be done, it may take us a month to actually move in. But, I trust His timing and how God uses broken people to bless others around us.
Day 52 of 100 prophecies fulfilled by Jesus -Jesus was the Passover lamb
The full title for today’s post was supposed to be “The Passover male lamb, without blemish, slain with blood applied as protection from judgment” , but with only 75 characters for the title, it would not fit! But one thing that does fit is this – Jesus blood paid it all, and protects us from the judgment and condemnation of Hell. Continue reading
Day 41 of 100 prophecies – Jesus was anointed to preach to the captives
Barbed wire fence at a prison
Is. 61:1-2a – The spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord has anointed me;
he has sent me to bring good news to the oppressed, to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and release to the prisoners; 2 to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor,
Luke 4:16-21 – When he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, he went to the synagogue on the sabbath day, as was his custom. He stood up to read, 17 and the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was given to him. He unrolled the scroll and found the place where it was written: 18 “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me because he has anointed me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free, 19 to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.” 20 And he rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the attendant, and sat down. The eyes of all in the synagogue were fixed on Him. 21 Then he began to say to them, “Today this scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.”
Acts 10:38 – how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power; how he went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with him.
As I sit here with my knees hurting ever so bad, I think of how grateful I am alive today. At least I am alive to feel this pain, to suffer through the circumstances. God’s purpose in my life has not been fully fulfilled yet. I still have things to learn so He can use me in his plan for my life. This morning I would like to share some of my past posts. Some of the reasons I am thankful I am where I am today. Some of my testimony of the direction God’s purpose has been taking. To show how my life is a testimony for Jesus.
I am alive today
What about you? Are you able to look back through your life and see the direction God is taking you? What are your passions, what you love? What about what makes you angry, so fed up to see injustice in the world? What experiences and circumstances have you lived through? Have you ever wondered what is God’s purpose for your life? I know I am alive today so God can show that my testimony for Jesus. To share my story and how God has provided, shaped, and given me strength through it all. Do you think you have a life story that could help others see Jesus through it? There is always room here for other peoples stories. Just reach out to me here, lets talk about it:Prayer/Support
Isaiah 53:3-9 3 He was despised and rejected— a man of sorrows, acquainted with deepest grief. We turned our backs on him and looked the other way. He was despised, and we did not care. 4 Yet it was our weaknesses he carried; it was our sorrows that weighed him down. And we thought his troubles were a punishment from God, a punishment for his own sins! 5 But he was pierced for our rebellion, crushed for our sins. He was beaten so we could be whole. He was whipped so we could be healed. 6 All of us, like sheep, have strayed away. We have left God’s paths to follow our own. Yet the LORD laid on him the sins of us all. 7 He was oppressed and treated harshly, yet he never said a word. He was led like a lamb to the slaughter. And as a sheep is silent before the shearers, he did not open his mouth. 8 Unjustly condemned, he was led away. No one cared that he died without descendants, that his life was cut short in midstream. But he was struck down for the rebellion of my people. 9 He had done no wrong and had never deceived anyone. But he was buried like a criminal; he was put in a rich man’s grave.
Mark 10: 34 34 They will mock him, spit on him, flog him with a whip, and kill him, but after three days he will rise again.”
It makes me sick to my stomach to think of the pain Jesus went through on Good Friday. The name for this day is deceiving. What is pleasant about what happened to Jesus on this day. Yes, ok, I know it had to happen. I understand if He was not treated so He would not have risen on the third day. We would not have a way to be made right with God. But, let’s really reflect on what happened on this day.
They whipped Him until He was barely recognizable. Romans are known for their forms of inhumane torture. All this because the Jews were afraid of change, afraid people would side with Jesus and not them? This painful interruption multiplies joy. But, put yourself in the crowd. What feelings come up?
If I was there at the time and not knowing what I know now. Just a person in the crowd, I would have been angry. Knowing me I would not be out in the streets following the crowd. I would be hiding in my house trying to not know what is going on. That is normally how I react to tragedies going on around me. If I do not know the person I stay home, I pray for them, and move on with my life.
How callous of me, or is it fear? Fear of being involved, fear of not being able to do anything about it? Tell me the truth, how would you have reacted if you were in the crowd with Jesus carrying the cross? What would you have done on that first Good Friday Holiday?
But, what we do know now. We know God’s purpose in Jesus’s pain. We can experience joy God can only give. What guilt though that can bring up. For us, Jesus was tortured and died. Because of our evil nature Jesus was punished. How selfish we can be. Because we needed more than the perfect garden God gave us.
This Holiday lets reflect on our part of Jesus’s death. Ask for forgiveness. Really let Jesus search your heart. Let Him and what He went through change you from the inside out. If He has the power to go from that torture to bring in joy God can only produce, He has all the power to kill the sin that is holding us back today. I believe this is God’s purpose in putting the sins of the world on Jesus as He was crucified. So that our sins died right along with Him.
Built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone, in whom the whole structure, being joined together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord. In him you also are being built together into a dwelling place for God by the Spirit.
Jesus never had a building or even a home to call His own, not in the sense that we do. He being the cornerstone goes to say that the church is more than just a building. It is people, believers in Christ. So it goes to say that Life Church Online where believers gather in one place online becomes Christ’s fellowship.
Life Church Online is preparing for The Easter Holidays
How they are doing this is the current message series titled “What Jesus Never Said.” Pastor Craig is playing off of social media and rumors that run the gambit. He is trying to help set the record straight on what is true from the Bible and what is not. Focusing on Jesus as if it was not for Jesus Christ we would not have Easter Holidays. This weeks message focus’s on truth, how society tends towards there is no real truth just truth that is real for each individual. But, real truth is from the Bible not individuals.
What else Life Church Online is doing is to prepare their volunteers and staff. The Easter Holidays is one of the most attended holiday of the year. We have multiple online meetings, resources and emails preparing our hearts and minds for all who attend in chat. This Sunday if you would like to see me in church I co-host the Youtube Live Stream at 10 am Central Time. I also co-Host Team Lead on Thursday 4 pm Central Time. I also co-host team lead on Thursday at 4 pm Central time at Live.life.church. Either time would be an opportunity to see the Easter Celebration and get to know me better. If you could not make those times the message will be aired 83 times all week long. Just check the schedule tab at Live Life Church.
Just to let you know the two playing chubby bunny is Pastor Steven Roberts and one of the Life Church interns. Pastor Roberts is Host Team Pastor and a great person to get to know.