China & the Bible (Brooke)

I love this video!  Have you seen it?  It’s the one where Chinese believers get their own Bible for the first time.  I have a feeling they really believe these verses:
“Your Word is a lamp to guide my feet & a L I G H T for my path.”  Psalm 119:105
“The instructions of the Lord are perfect, reviving the soul.” Psalm 19:7
“I have hidden your Word in my heart, that I might not sin against you.”  Psalm 119:11
“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting & training in righteousness.” 2 Timothy 3:16
“For the Word of God is alive and powerful.  It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires.”  Hebrews 4:12

Take a moment and spend extra time in the Word today.  It will revive you, train you, guide you, & light up your path.  What could be better?

If you are wondering what Scriptures to spend time in today consider these:
John 11:25-26
Philippians 2:5-7
1 John 4:7-11
Psalm 73:28
Romans 5:8
Isaiah 61:1
John 15:4-7
Psalm 103

Jesus, only Jesus (Brooke)

Jesus’ perspective is often so different than mine.

He came to make the weak strong.
               to give the weary comfort.
               to make the least the greatest.
               to love the outcast.
               to welcome home the runaway.
               to be present in our pain.
               to give me a second chance. you a second chance.
               to remind us that losing life is finding life.
                                         serving is winning.
                                         giving is riches.
                                         humility is beauty.
                                         surrender is freedom.
                                         the impossible is possible.
                                         brokenness is healing.
                                         in waiting there is peace.
                                         love is sacrifice.

There is just no one like Jesus.  He is worthy of our praise. of our lives.

Easter is here.  Let us celebrate the Risen One. 

“…because God raised Jesus Christ from the dead NOW we LIVE with great expectation.” 1 Peter 1:3

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Below is an excerpt from a book called “When God Weeps” by Joni Eareckson Tada.  Read it tomorrow morning to start off your Good Friday–it’s an account of Jesus on the Cross and it moves me to tears every single time.

The face that Moses had begged to see – was forbidden to see – was slapped bloody (Exodus 33:19-20). The thorns that God had sent to curse the earth’s rebellion now twisted around his own brow…
“On your back with you!” One raises a mallet to sink in the spike. But the soldier’s heart must continue pumping as he readies the prisoner’s wrist. Someone must sustain the soldier’s life minute by minute, for no man has the power on his own. Who supplies breath to his lungs? Who gives energy to his cells? Who holds his molecules together? Only by the Son do “all things hold together” (Colossians 1:17). The victim wills that the soldier live on – he grants the warriors continued existence. The man swings.

As the man swings, the Son recalls how he and the Father first designed the medial nerve of the human forearm – the sensations it would be capable of. The design proves flawless – the nerves perform exquisitely. “Up you go!” They lift the cross. God is on display in his underwear and can scarcely breathe.

But these pains are a mere warm-up to his other and growing dread. He begins to feel a foreign sensation. Somewhere during this day an unearthly foul odor began to waft, not around his nose, but his heart. He feels dirty. Human wickedness starts to crawl upon his spotless being – the living excrement from our souls. The apple of his Father’s eye turns brown with rot.

His Father! He must face his Father like this!

From Heaven the Father now rouses himself like a lion disturbed, shakes his mane, and roars against the shriveling remnant of a man hanging on a cross. Never has the Son seem the Father look at him so, never felt even the least of his hot breath. But the roar shakes the unseen world and darkens the visible sky. The Son does not recognise these eyes.

“Son of Man! Why have you behaved so? You have cheated, lusted, stolen, gossiped – murdered, envied, hated, lied. You have cursed, robbed, overspent, overeaten – fornicated, disobeyed, embezzled, and blasphemed. Oh, the duties you have shirked, the children you have abandoned! Who has ever so ignored the poor, so played the coward, so belittled my name? Have you ever held your razor tongue? What a self-righteous, pitiful drunk – you, who molest young boys, peddle killer drugs, travel in cliques, and mock your parents. Who gave you the boldness to rig elections, foment revolutions, torture animals, and worship demons? Does the list never end! Splitting families, raping virgins, acting smugly, playing the pimp – buying pornography, accepting bribes. You have burned down buildings, perfected terrorist tactics, founded false religions, traded in slaves – relishing each morsel and bragging about it all. I hate, loathe this things in you! Disgust for everything about you consumes me! Can you not feel my wrath?”

Of course the Son is innocent. He is blamelessness itself. The Father knows this. But the divine pair have an agreement, and the unthinkable must now take place. Jesus will be treated as if personally responsible for every sin ever committed.

The Father watches as his heart’s treasure, the mirror image of himself, sinks drowning into raw, liquid sin. Jehovah’s stored rage against humankind for every century explodes in a single direction.
” Father! Father! Why have you forsaken me?!”

But heaven stops its ears. The Son stares up at the One who cannot, who will not, reach down or reply.

The Trinity had planned it. The Son endured it. The Spirit enabled him. The father rejected the Son whom he loved. Jesus, the God-man from Nazareth, perished. The Father accepted his sacrifice for sin and was satisfied. The Rescue was accomplished.