Miracle Cross

crossSaw a commercial on T V the other day for a “miracle cross” necklace. The ad claimed that the entire “Lord’s Prayer” was inscribed on a tiny crystal cross. It seems by simply viewing a “miracle” one’s faith would be strengthened. Further, it would be an inspiration to others.

In my not so humble opinion, personal Bible study and being involved in a Bible believing church will do more for spiritual growth than jewelry.  It seems that sometimes we are willing to do anything except actually follow the Bible to appear religious.  How much would my faith grow if I were seriously committed to being devoted to my personal Bible study and prayer time.

No Whining

Bible frontWhen I read the Bible there are some verses I’d just like to skip. Phil 2:14 is one of those verses. We are commanded to do things without complaining.  That is one passage I’d just like to skip sometimes because I’d rather whine. Instead, I need to embrace the passage.  What passages are hard for you?

Providence

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Image source: Boston.com

Jimmy at Keeping it Simple wrote a post recently inspired by the actions of Chesley B. Sullenberger, pilot of U.S. Airways Flight 1549. Sullenberger was able to safely land in the Hudson River. Surprisingly, everyone on the flight survived. As I read Jimmy’s post and listened to news reports, one word came to mind: Providence!

Merriam-Webster Online defines Providence as “divine guidance or care; God conceived as the power sustaining and guiding human destiny”. Sullenberger is a safety expert. He is has a background as a fighter pilot and a glider pilot. Many of the news reports I heard mentioned that the landing appeared to be glider like. Sullenberger had a unique training and skill set enabled him safely land Flight 1549.
I am sure that when Sullenberger decided to become a glider pilot the thought never entered his mind that some day he would need to land a disabled plane into the Hudson. His talents, interests and preparedness made Sullenberger the right man for the job. In retrospect, it seems like an unlikely or freak occurrence. Many times God uses seemingly unimportant or even unrelated events in our lives to prepare for future tasks so that we might be ready for some future event. For most of us it will not be something as drastic as Flight 1549. Our willingness to be led by God now allows us to be equipped for future ministry.

I am reminded of Queen Esther. Through a series of events Esther went from orphan girl to queen and was able to save her people group from annihilation.

If you keep quiet at a time like this, deliverance and relief for the Jews will arise from some other place, but you and your relatives will die. Who knows if perhaps you were made queen for just such a time as this? Esther 4:14 (NLT)

Thoughts on Atonement and Grace

Today is Yom Kippur, which literally means Day of Atonement. In Leviticus 16:29-30, a day is set aside to for humans to atone for offenses committed against God. The Day of Atonement does not include offenses committed against other humans. It is necessary to restore relationships with other humans before approaching God. Yom Kippur is still one of the most important holidays to Jews and its observance is approached with reverence.

As Christians, we believe that Christ has already made atonement for our sins making a Day of Atonement is unnecessary (Hebrews 7:27). We are able to approach God directly without the intervention of a priest. Although sometimes it seems that, we are a little flippant about our offenses against God. There is an attitude that as long as we tell God we are sorry then we can do our own thing. I think many times we fail to see the gravity of our offenses against God or others. Yes, God forgives us but the cost of our transgression is costly. Christ paid the price of our sins. To me what is amazing it that Christ did this willing even though we were estranged from Him due to our own selfishness (See Romans 5:6-11).

While I personally may not observe Yom Kippur, I do think it is a good time to reflect on Christ redemptive work on the cross and its impact on my life. I am not advocating dwelling on my wrong doings but rather emphasizing God’s grace in my life.

The Little Things

A friend sent me a link to this clip by Louie Giglio. It is amazing. God uses even the smallest things to show us the Supremacy of Christ.

15He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. 16For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him. 17He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. 18And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy. 19For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, 20and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross.  Col 1:15-20 (NIV)

Hat Tip: SP