April 2008

“Then he called the crowd to him along with his disciples and said: “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me and for the gospel will save it. What good is it for a man to gain the whole world, yet forfeit his soul?” Mark 8:34-36

I heard a man talking on the radio about how a well-meaning friend, referring to the cancer that the first man’s wife was battling, as “their cross to bear”. The radio man said that because they had not chosen the cancer that it was not their cross. When Jesus says, “take up your cross” He is referring to how we respond to our trials.

His wife could have been depressed and complained but when his wife rejoiced and praised God in the midst of her trial she chose to take up her cross.

This really hit me…I was bought at a price. I have everything I need in Christ….this is so much more powerful than my disappointments or my emotional state on any given day.
I am redeemed by a God who is worthy of my trust and worthy of my praise! No matter the circumstances of my life, He is acutely aware of the longings of my heart and the fears as well.He can be trusted. Praise Him!!!! 



Revelation 16:15

I die every day,” said the apostle. This was the life of the early Christians; they went everywhere with their lives in their hands. We are not at this time being called to pass through the same fearful persecutions: if we were, the Lord would give us grace to bear the test. But the tests of Christian life, at the present moment, though outwardly not so terrible, are still more likely to overcome us than even those of the fiery age. We have to bear the sneer of the world–that is small; its flatteries, its soft words, its oily speeches, its fawning, its hypocrisy are far worse. Our danger is that we might grow rich and become proud; we might give ourselves up to the fashions of this present evil world and lose our faith. Or if wealth does not test us, worldly care is quite as mischievous. If we cannot be torn in pieces by the roaring lion, we may be hugged to death by the bear. The devil cares very little which it is, as long as he destroys our love for Christ and our confidence in Him. I am afraid that the Christian church is far more likely to lose her integrity in these soft and easy days than in those rougher times. We must stay awake now, for we are crossing enchanted ground and are most likely to fall asleep to our own ruin, unless our faith in Jesus is a reality and our love for Jesus an ardent flame. Many in these days of easy-believism are likely to prove to be tares, and not wheat; hypocrites with attractive masks on their faces, but not the true-born children of the living God. Christian, do not think that these are times in which you can dispense with watchfulness or with holy ardor; you need these things more than ever, and may God the eternal Spirit display His omnipotence in you, that you may be able to say, in all these softer things as well as in the rougher, “We are more than conquerors through him who loved us.”

Morning and Evening

Stephen sang this on Easter Sunday at the end of the sermon. Brilliant!

The father of lies
Coming to steal
Kill and destroy
All my hopes of being good enough
I hear him saying cursed are the ones
Who can’t abide
He’s right
Alleluia he’s right!

The devil is preaching
The song of the redeemed
That I am cursed and gone astray
I cannot gain salvation
Embracing accusation

Could the father of lies
Be telling the truth
Of God to me tonight?
If the penalty of sin is death
Then death is mine
I hear him saying cursed are the ones
Who can’t abide
He’s right
Alleluia he’s right!

Oh the devil’s singing over me
An age old song
That I am cursed and gone astray
Singing the first verse so conveniently
He’s forgotten the refrain
Jesus saves!

Shane and Shane

You walked an aisle.
You prayed a prayer.
You read the Bible.
You pray.
You go to church.
You try to be a “good” person.
You believe Jesus is the Son of God.
You believe Jesus is the Savior of the world.
Even the demons believe and shudder. (James 2:19)

So did I. But I wasn’t born again.

If you need to know for sure see John chapter 3 and pray for God’s redeeming work in your soul.

“I tell you the truth, no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again.” (John 3:3)


 “You, O LORD, keep my lamp burning; 
       my God turns my darkness into light.”

Psalm 18:28