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“Risen” A Quest for the Ages


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The new movie “Risen” hits theaters February 19. Watching the trailer I must admit it gave me chills.
Not because of theatrics, but the truth of Christ’s resurrection. risen

The quest becomes, “the most important manhunt in history.”

How or if it is Biblically based is to be determined. Joseph Fiennes plays the part of a Roman military tribune, a non -believer, searching for the body of the risen Christ.

How many others searched for His body? The answer is, some still are.

As I pondered the scene when the Roman officials are given the news, “He isn’t there,” my heart skipped a beat at the awesomeness of God. Of course He wasn’t there. He told many He would rise on the 3rd day and that is what He did.

I have played it over and over in my mind as one of those guarding the tomb who couldn’t believe what happened. The massive stone is rolled away. The tomb is empty except for His blood stained linen. He is gone. Left. Moved on and from all accounts fallen off the face of the earth. Or so they hoped.

I marvel at God’s wisdom and our lack of it. Or maybe it is simply unbelief.

They already knew of His power and mighty miracles.

They witnessed His brilliance and crowd drawing qualities.

They observed his charismatic countenance.

What they failed at miserably was His all-encompassing love, mercy and grace. Instead of looking at His heart of gold when He healed the blind man, or His unlimited forgiveness to the woman caught in adultery or His mercy for the poor, their limited visual was He was a threat to their personal greed and selfish lifestyles.

How dare anyone, much less a man who comes out of nowhere claiming to be the “Messiah” get in the way of Roman power or Jewish Pharisaical religion?

How dare He abuse them in public by showing up and showing off?

How dare this man do the unthinkable by somehow disappearing from a stone guarded tomb in the middle of the night after an obvious crucifixion that rocked the world?

Because God didn’t and doesn’t miss a beat.

God’s plans always succeed and no Roman Empire will stop Him.

God is God and we are not.

Sadly, as I previously wrote many today are still looking for His body.

You’d think with all the evidence we’d have wised up by now.

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Wait. What?


Waiting isn’t fun. Speaking for myself I’ve had to learn how to do it better and I have a long way to go. Patience is a virtue; I’d like to learn how to connect the two.

If you’re like me waiting on God is difficult and often not much fun. In my fast thinking mind I ask,
“God, what are you doing? Don’t you know I have people to bring to the cross for you to save? I feel stuck and useless. So please, please God enlighten me as to why this is taking so long! “

God must laugh or chuckle at my ranting prayers.
His timing isn’t ours. So I can hear him respond,
“You know I’m not on your schedule. You’re on mine. I can make up for what you call “lost time” in an instant. “
I’ve been reading lately many words/articles on how God restores everything – new, not halfway, but complete restoration.

Romans 12:12 Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.

What we think we have lost, God restores and often multiplies when we remain faithful to Him and trust Him.
He has done this for me over and over. The key is to stay close to Him and His word. And wait. Patiently.

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2015: My Year from Hell and How God rescued me (Part 4)


After 2 doctors misdiagnosed me I am now waiting to see an ENT. Why?

My problem was not taking my allergy meds. Hence the result is most likely fluid in my inner ear. This was discovered by my speaking to my pharmacist, not a doctor.

You ask, “Why didn’t you take your meds?” Because I didn’t want to.

After so many sinus infections that included shots, antihistamines, decongestants and steroids more times than I can count I decided to stop taking them once the infections ended.

I know. I can hear you fussing. It wasn’t a smart decision and antihistamines are now on my agenda and are working. I’d rather be sleepy than dizzy. I’d rather be healed completely which brings me to my point in this post.

Reading lately about the “bigger picture” God has in store for us led me to ask Him to show me what is my bigger picture?  How do I see past this and what is His purpose?

Years of study, praying and meditating on God’s word and specifically His healing scriptures bewilders me that I haven’t received a miracle or instantaneous divine health. I know I can’t earn it. I know I can’t make it happen. It’s a gift. So I receive it over and over all the while rebuking the devil and his evil spirit of sickness topping my rants with Isaiah 53:5 and 3 John 2. So what am I missing?

God hasn’t answered that yet.

Or maybe I am trying too hard, or overstepping His efforts.

Maybe, just maybe He has a plan yet to be revealed to my slow simple mind.

Somehow I wish I knew why it always takes me so longggggggg to get somewhere, anywhere.

Suffice it to say I am lost in translation and wandering around some wilderness I can’t even give a name to.

The enemy has taunted me with his fiery deceptions along with a battle with my emotions.

I really hate the devil.

What I have learned is how God’s word works.

It is a steady peace which is a great weapon against the enemy.

A promise of hope.jesus

The awesomeness of His presence.

It’s as if Jesus is sitting in front of us speaking His words right out of His mouth.

That’s what it means in John 1: 14, “The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us.”

Think about it. As we read the Bible, envision Jesus in the next chair uttering the very words your eyes see.

In the Bible mini -series there is a scene of a man walking along the river. He is dressed in a long, camel colored cloak with his head covered by the connecting hoodie. One knows it is Jesus himself showing up where John is baptizing new followers.

He walks with a casual but confident style.

His face is covered from the side view but His presence is overpowering.

His movements are those of a man on a mission.

I realize this is just a movie but this particular clip brings excitement to my soul.  Seeing the Savior strolling quietly yet with such grace sends me to my knees in awe of Him.

This flight of His passage even in a movie brings life to me as He really is. It may be an act in a film but it represents his true character. That of one who desires to be with us, teach us and love us through our journey.

His word comes alive as I read them.

His word is His word and none other.

His word is the same yesterday, today and forever which gives meaning to everything.

That’s it folks: that is what this life is all about.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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2015: My Year from Hell and How God rescued me (Part 3)


The Benefits of Isolation

Impatience and faith are opposites.

As life would have it often our desires come along slower than we’d like. True faith walks with patience. It’s not always easy or fun; quite the contrary but necessary and can offer many life lessons.

Usefulness in today’s world is one for the well and able. The heck with the millions who are physically impaired, mentally off or disabled; or at least that is the mandate for being a productive, accomplished human being. Either be in tip, top shape or you become a forgotten drain on society. If you aren’t busy doing something noticeable, get out of the way.

Moses wandered around for 40 years in isolation.

Joshua spent 34 days alone on Mt. Sinai waiting on Moses.toon451

David enjoyed the dingy stench of mountain caves for months on end.

Daniel prayed 3 times a day in the solitude of his own surroundings.

Paul did some of his best work while being incarcerated.

John spent his last years on the Island of Patmos sequestered from the world.

 

According to secular teachings, these men accomplished nothing and wasted a lot of time.

Then why do we remember them?

Why are they mentioned in the Bible?

What good if any did they achieve?

Ephesians 1: 18-19 I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, 19 and his incomparably great power for us who believe.

They spent much time alone with God.

They began and nurtured a close, intimate relationship with the Creator.

They lived in the harmony and peace of the Almighty’s presence.

And then they changed the world, and history.