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Consider Him Who Endured

…let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. For consider Him who endured such hostility from sinners against Himself, lest you become weary and discouraged in your souls. (Hebrews 12:1-3, emphasis added)

“Consider Him… lest you become weary and discouraged in your souls.” I love this verse. Perhaps it isn’t terrifically obvious at first glance how this works. After all, I don’t think anyone walked out of a showing of The Passion of the Christ pumping their fists, ready to take on the world. At least for me, thinking about blood, torture, and humiliation doesn’t generally fire me up for action. So how does considering Jesus’ endurance of suffering give our hearts strength?

There are lots of  potential answers to that question. In fact, there are lots of right answers to that question. But one in particular has been striking my heart lately — and here’s a hint: It’s not about inducing a guilt trip. Read the rest of this entry »

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Noah, Daniel, and Job

Pop quiz: What do these three biblical figures have in common?

Answer: According to the Word, they are the most likely candidates to save an unrepentant city from the wrath of God. According to the Word, they are also solidly incapable of doing it.

Before we wave this off as an intriguing (if morbid) bit of biblical trivia, we need to see what the prophet Ezekiel had to say about this trio.

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Posted by on August 25, 2009 in Ezekiel

 

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WE Have sinned; WE need mercy

As I stare at the elections which will be upon us in less than 24 hours, I have a few things on my heart. Mainly, right now, I’m thinking about how we are posturing our hearts towards this.

Christians, when we’re praying for the church, we aren’t praying for them; we’re praying for us.

American Christians, when we’re praying for this nation, we aren’t praying for them; we’re praying for us.

Today I heard a phrase from a wonderful, solid believer who was repenting before God “on behalf of those in the church who value their finances over justice.” I completely understand what this person meant by this; if your pocketbook is doing the voting for you, that’s a serious problem. However, as I heard these words, I was immediately struck with the thought: this is all of us. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on November 3, 2008 in Intercession

 

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How to Respond to Terrifying Beauty

The other day, I was watching a few web clips of a team of storm chasers. This crew was made of mostly young people, all very excited about their job — part science, part road trip, mostly adrenaline rush. In this one particular clip, they were driving towards an enormous storm that all sensible people were fleeing from, and they were whooping and hollering like it was a football game. At one point, they stopped the van and stood outside, watching the swirling, green wall cloud that was all but ready to drop a twister. It was massive, brooding, and vicious, almost seeming to dare the young meteorologists, “Go on, make my day”. An awed silence fell over the group. One of the storm chasers began marveling over how beautiful it was — the colors, the rotation, and the lightning punctuating it all — and from my vantage point in the safety of my room, it was easy to see what he was talking about. You could tell that this was why he got into the job. He absolutely loved staring at big, raging thunderstorms.

In a subsequent clip, though, it was a different story.  Read the rest of this entry »

 

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No, I haven’t forgotten…

If you’ve wondered about the lack of Word of Life Bible study posts lately, that’s because we haven’t met for several weeks. Today, for instance, half of the group is out of town and the other half unavoidably detained. So while I suppose I could have gotten out the book and talked to myself about it for two hours, that seemed a little silly. (“Gee, Amanda, that’s such great insight!” “Why thank you, Amanda. It was actually something you just said that made me think about it…”)

Um. So. Anyway.

Instead, I wanted to leave a quick thought I’ve been chewing on while studying Zechariah. It’s from 13:7-8, “‘Awake, O sword, against My Shepherd, against the Man who is My Companion,’ says the LORD of hosts. ‘Strike the Shepherd, and the sheep will be scattered…'” Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on May 25, 2008 in Bible, Zechariah

 

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The God Who Hears Prayer

On Friday nights (Saturday mornings, for you day-folks), I get to prayer lead Worship with the Word for a wonderful lady who is also an excellent worship leader. We’ve been singing through Psalm 27 for a couple of months now, and it’s been an absolute pleasure to do so. The more we do this psalm, the more it is opening up to me.

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Loving, Giving, Saving

There is a critical truth that many Christians can quote, but not nearly as many actually think about. It’s easily dismissed as “that thing we learned in Sunday School,” considered so elementary that it’s now trivial. Sometimes we even roll our eyes at it, because it’s showing up on yet another cheesy bumper sticker or sandwich-board sign. But in reality, it is one of the deepest, most profound revelations in Scripture.

I’m speaking, of course, of John 3:16.

I’ve been meditating through the book of John for our Christology Bible study, and have been stuck on John 3:16 for a little while. Here on Christmas Eve, it only seems appropriate to take some time and write about it. As we celebrate the birth of Christ, God giving us His only Son, I’ve loved looking at what that entails and what it says about His heart. What I’m about to share with you is only a little bit of what I’ve been journaling in the prayer room — I definitely encourage you to take this verse and run with it on your own, and see how it hits your heart.

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