Friday, December 14, 2018

Deep

Diving Deep

Growing up close to the ocean most of my life, provided the opportunity to develop a love for snorkeling and shell collecting.  Tucked away in my mother in laws attic are several boxes of incredible displays of God's handiwork.  Sometimes those shells can be found washed up on shore but they are most beautifully seen and found when you dive deep.  Not only do we see beauty but all seems calm and serene.

Joni Erickson Tada said it this way..." when you dive beneath the surface things of God, you also discover an endless calm... a world of Divine Life that is quiet and deep. There, in the depths, God will reveal a quiet and gentle kind of interior Beauty. The Lord is so generous! Even when we choose to live only on the surface of things, where we are often tossed this way and that, God still reveals himself through thrilling displays of his power. But there's much more to God than what we see, what we all see of him, on the surface. When we dive deeper into God's heart, all the turmoil of our daily lives, the problems that crash around us like huge waves, seem somehow... Distant."

He maketh the storm a calm, so that the waves thereof are still.  Then are they glad because they be quiet; so he bringeth them unto their desired haven.  Psalms 107:29‭-‬30

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

The Love Of God

The Love Of God

The song writer tried to pen it, preachers have tried to explain it, but words just cannot describe it. 

"Talking about the love of God is like going around the globe, visiting every country in the world, then spending five minutes telling your friends about it. You can't do it!"  AW TOZER

Frederick M Lehman(1917)
The love of God is greater far
Than tongue or pen can ever tell;
It goes beyond the highest star,
And reaches to the lowest hell;
The guilty pair, bowed down with care,
God gave His Son to win;
His erring child He reconciled,
And pardoned from his sin.Refrain:
Oh, love of God, how rich and pure!
How measureless and strong!
It shall forevermore endure—
The saints’ and angels’ song.When hoary time shall pass away,
And earthly thrones and kingdoms fall,
When men who here refuse to pray,
On rocks and hills and mountains call,
God’s love so sure, shall still endure,
All measureless and strong;
Redeeming grace to Adam’s race—
The saints’ and angels’ song.Could we with ink the ocean fill,
And were the skies of parchment made,
Were every stalk on earth a quill,
And every man a scribe by trade;
To write the love of God above
Would drain the ocean dry;
Nor could the scroll contain the whole,
Though stretched from sky to sky.

Thursday, November 29, 2018

Holiness

Holy

The word itself is rather daunting and seemingly impossible, not to mention we perceive rather ho-hum.  God is holy, I am not. Forget it, it's not even worth trying.  If that were the case, God would have never instructed us to strive for holiness.  The reality is we can't be holy apart from Him.  And speaking of the   
ho-hum of holiness....

"How little people know who think that Holiness is dull. When one meets the real thing... It's irresistible." CS LEWIS

And when it comes to God, we should be gloriously ecstatic that he is Holy. If not, we are in deep trouble, because then he would be just like you and me.

"God, being the Eternal, holy God, cannot change. He will not go from better to worse. You cannot think of God being any less holy than he is now, any less righteous than he is now. God must remain infinitely holy, fixed, forever unchanging in holiness. He cannot go from worse to better for the simple reason that God, being absolutely holy, cannot go beyond himself. He cannot get any holier than he is now, or go from less good to better.  God is not better or greater, he is simply already the apex, the fountain, the top and great." AW TOZER

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Great God!

God, Both In and Above All Things

There is indeed no one like our God as the song writer has said.  If we could, in our finiteness, fully comprehend or adequately be able to descibe Him, He wouldn't be God.  Yet it behooves us to contemplate, ponder and as best we can wrap our finite minds around His absolute greatness and infiniteness.

"God’s immanence refers to His presence within His creation. (It is not to be confused with imminence, which refers to the timing of Jesus’ return to earth.) A belief in God’s immanence holds that God is present in all of creation, while remaining distinct from it. In other words, there is no place where God is not. His sovereign control extends everywhere simultaneously.

Pantheism and deism twist many people’s view of how God relates to His creation. Pantheists believe that everything is God or is a part of God, making Him equal with His creation and unable to act upon it. Deists hold that God is distinct from His creation but deny that He plays an active role in it. Contrary to these and other false views of God, the Bible says that God is both different from His creation and actively upholding it.

Transcendence (God exists outside of space and time) and immanence (God is present within space and time) are both attributes of God. He is both “nearby” and “far away,”" (From GotQuestions.org)

"God is above all things, beneath all things, outside of all things, and inside of all things. God is above, but he's not pushed up. He's beneath, but he's not press down. He's outside, but he's not excluded. He's inside, but he's not confined. God is above all things presiding, beneath all things sustaining, outside of all things in bracing, and inside of all things filling. That is the immanence of God." AW TOZER

Indeed How Great Is Our God!

And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together.   Colossians 1:17

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Big God!

"How Big Is God?"

As a pastor from time to time I get asked that daunting question by a sweet little child.  To which I often reply from my Veggie Tales Theology..."God is higher than the boggie man, He's bigger than Godzilla and the monsters on TV..."

Well that is true and He is even bigger because He is transcendent.  Now try defining transcendence to a 3 year old. 

You may find this hard to believe, but God is just as far above an archangel as he is above a caterpillar.....Why? Because both the Archangel and the caterpillar are creatures. And God is an uncreated one who had no beginning, the self-existent one who was never created, but who was simply God, who made all things.  There is a vast gulf, and all but infinite gulf, fix between that which is God and that which is not God between The Great I Am and all created things, from the Archangel down to the tiniest virus that cannot be seen with the naked eye. God made all that and is just as high above one as He is the other. God's uncreated quality of life causes him to be transcendent, to rise High Above All Creatures."  AW TOZER

Yet God, in all His trancendent infiniteness, has chosen to reveal himself to us, and desires to have a personal intimate relationship with us through his son Jesus Christ.

For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord . For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.
Isaiah 55:8‭-‬9

Monday, November 26, 2018

Be A Blessing


It certainly is wonderful to be blessed, but an even greater joy is to be a blessing.  The old hymn is never out of date.  Who will you bless this week?

Make Me a Blessing

Out in the high-ways and by-ways of life,
Many are weary and sad;
Carry the sunshine where darkness is rife,
Making the sorrowing glad.

 
CHORUS:
Make me a blessing, Make me a blessing --
Out of my life May Jesus shine;
Make me a blessing, O Savior, I pray,
Make me a blessing to someone today.

Tell the sweet story of Christ and His love,
Tell of His power to forgive;
Others will trust Him if only you prove
True, every moment you live.

Give as 'twas given to you in your need,
Love as the Master loved you;
Be to the helpless a helper indeed,
Unto your mission be true.

Whoever brings blessing will be enriched, and one who waters will himself be watered.
Proverbs 11:25

Saturday, November 24, 2018

Power Source

The Source

Generators are great when the power goes out, the light switch is wonderful when the room is dark, the floor jack is remarkable when the tire is flat but all power must have a greater source.  What source of power are you grasping for? When all the lights go out in life, where is the adequate power needed to see and navigate through the maze?

"God is the source of all power there is. There isn't any power anywhere that doesn't have God as its source, whether it be the power of the intellect, of the spirit, of the soul, of dynamite, of the storm, or of magnetic attraction. Wherever there is any power at all, God is the author of it. And the source of anything has to be greater than that which flows out of it." AW TOZER

‘O Lord God , You have only begun to show Your servant Your greatness and Your mighty hand; for what god is there in heaven or on earth that can do such works and mighty acts (miracles) as Yours?  DEUTERONOMY 3:24