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Living Letters

January 24th, 2014

You are a letter from Christ . . written with the Spirit of the living God.” 2 Corinthians 3:3 NIV.

Truth is a Person, Jesus Christ, God’s Son and your Savior.

My thoughts and comments today are about “living letters.”

Paul’s appreciative amazement is evident as he wrote, “Beyond all question, the mystery of godliness is great: God [in Christ] appeared in a body, was vindicated by the Spirit, was seen by angels, was preached among the nations, was believe on in the world, was taken up in glory” 1 Timothy 3:16 NIV. Those words are the clear, expansive description of the Incarnation – God becoming man that every man might be redeemed. God was manifest in the flesh. “Christ, being in very nature of God . . and being made in human likeness, and being found in appearance as a man . .” Read Philippians 2:5-11 NIV. Read Hebrews 1:1-3a NKJV.

John marveled at the wonder of incarnation as he wrote, “In the beginning was the Word . . and the Word became flesh and dwelled among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory of the only begotten of the Father,  full of grace and truth . . No one has seen God at any time. The only begotten Son . . He has declared Him.” John 1:1/14/18 NKJV. Who would claim to understand the mystery and majesty of the Incarnation, that truth being well beyond our limited comprehension?

But there is much everyday that you do not understand, yet accept as truth. My Dad’s joy was being a pastor as well as a private pilot, before the popularity and affordability of commercial flights. As a young boy, I often accompanied my Dad in his small Cessna without the ability to understand or satisfactorily explain the Law of Aerodynamics. I trusted my Dad’s knowledge and experience. Nor need I intellectually explain the Incarnation of Jesus to the satisfaction of those who choose not to believe. I, for one, choose to believe the Incarnation of Jesus is true, as told in the Word of God.

Truth is more than mere facts or accurate information. Facts can change when circumstances change. Truth remains true, unaffected by past, present, or future circumstances. Truth is a Person, and that person is Jesus Christ, God’s Son and your Savior. Of Himself, Jesus said, “I am . .  the truth and the life. No one can come to the Father except through Me.” John 14:6 NLT. James, the brother of Jesus, wrote, “Of His own will He brought us forth by the Word of truth.” James 1:18 NKJV.

This is my application of today’s thoughts and comments, and my challenge to you: as God came into our world by the Incarnation of Jesus Christ, God works today in His world to bring lost people from unbelief to faith, as His Word is incarnated in the very lives that have been forever changed by the “grace and truth that came through Jesus Christ.” John 1:17 NIV. The dictionary also defines “incarnation” as, “a person regarded as embodying or exhibiting some quality or idea.” That is meant to describe you, when God’s truth is dwelling in you and faithfully expressed in your speech and conduct.

God’s plan has not changed; God still makes Himself known by incarnating truth, as He did when “the Word was made flesh and dwelled among us.” Paul was clear; “You yourselves are our letter . . known and read by everybody. You show that you are a letter from Christ . . written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts.” 2 Corinthians 3:2-3 NIV. People are looking and listening to know God’s truth radiating from your life.

My prayer for you today is that you be a living letter from God, received and cherished by all.

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Unfamiliar Paths

March 8th, 2013

“Along unfamiliar paths I will guide them.” Isaiah 42:16 NIV.

God is not the author of your confusion; God is the Answer.

Life is not predictable. No matter how long you’ve lived or how much you’ve experienced, you have not seen everything there is to see or been everywhere there is to be. There are twists and turns you will not foresee. When you think you have life all figured out, you will find yourself walking an unfamiliar path, again. It is easy to feel lost, unsure of which way to turn. It is easy to actually be lost, if you do not have truth to guide you. That is not to frighten you, but to make you wise. The Psalmist knew where truth is found, “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” Psalm 119:105 NKJV.

Yogi Berra, renowned New York Yankee, was known for his malapropisms, such as, “I really didn’t say everything I said,” or ”You can observe a lot by watching.” When you are confused and unsure, a lot of advice is about as helpful as another of his quotes, “When you come to a fork in the road, take it.” Life is neither the product of chance nor random choice; your life has direction and destiny. God is not the author of your confusion; God is the Answer. See 1 Corinthians 14:33 NKJV. A sovereign, all-powerful God has His hand upon your life.  Of that, you can be certain. Read Psalm 32:8 NIV.

Sometimes, an unfamiliar path is just a new path taking you where God means determines. Walk it bravely, leaning on His Word for assurance and direction. “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.” Proverbs 3:5-6 NKJV. But at other times, life’s misdirection can be the result of poor choices; return to the more familiar path. Turn to God. See Psalm 37:23-24 NIV/Matthew 7:13-14 NKJV.

At such moments, there is One to whom you can turn, to whom you must turn. Meditate on God’s promise, “Along unfamiliar paths I will guide them; I will turn the darkness into light before them and make the rough places smooth.” Isaiah 42:16 NIV. “Unfamiliar paths” accurately describes many times in life. Read Psalm 18:28-30NKJV. I love my amazing wife’s spirit of adventure. Feeling lost frustrates me, but never bothers her. She defines lost as, “finding new places she hasn’t been before.” That’s how life in Christ should be lived.

The path unfamiliar to you is not unfamiliar to your God. He who “knows the end from the beginning” is aware of the circumstances that surround you now and the path that waits ahead for you. In such a time, “Your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, ‘This is the way, walk in it, whenever you turn to the right hand or whenever you turn to the left.’” Isaiah 30:21NKJV.

Remember Job? Job found himself on an unfamiliar path; Job also found God there, as will you. “Look, I go forward, but He is not there . . But He knows the way that I take; when He has tested me, I shall come forth as gold. My foot has held fast to His steps; I have kept His way and not turned aside. I have not departed from the commandment of His lips; I have treasured the words of His mouth more than my necessary food.”Job 23:8-12 NKJV. Joyfully anticipate the moment you “will come forth as gold,” refined and reflecting Jesus.Jesus said, “I am the Way, and the Truth , and the Life.” John 14:6 NIV. Stay close to Jesus and you are never lost, on unfamiliar paths maybe. But lost, never.

My prayer for you today is for you to know God is alongside you, wherever you walk.

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Truth or Opinion?

November 4th, 2011

“But who do you say I am?”.” Matthew 16:15 NLT

“’What is truth?’ is the preeminent question of life and eternity.”

My thoughts today ask, “Truth or opinion?”

What you believe, how you live, and ultimately who you become will be shaped by the opinions of others and what you consider to be truth. If you don’t settle where your truth comes from, it is easy to become confused by the varying opinions. There are a myriad of voices competing to influence what you should believe, and they make very persuasive arguments. You must never allow yourself to be persuaded or dissuaded by others’ opinions, without standing that alongside what you know to be truth. When you know truth, the distinction is clear.

A wise man will listen to others to become wiser, but wisdom is discriminating and discerning of the truth. The loudest voice is not necessarily the better one, nor should the insistent voice be persuasive without being weighed carefully. Wisdom is not from agreeing with someone’s opinion; wisdom comes from knowing and following truth. All truth comes from God. Read James 3:13-17 NIV. Jesus did not apologize for saying, “I am the . . Truth!” John 14:6 NKJV. “The entirety of Your Word is truth, and every one of Your righteous judgments endures forever.” Psalm 119:160 NKJV.

Jesus asked His disciples revealing questions. Though remember, Jesus did not ask questions because He needed the answer, but because His disciples did! Was God lost or was Adam when God asked, “Adam, where are you?” Did Jesus need the disciples to solve the dilemma of feeding thousands, hungry and far from home, or did the disciples need to realize they needed Jesus’ help when He asked, “Where shall we buy bread that these may eat?” John 6:5.

Here are two questions equally as important today as then. Jesus was teaching His disciples to differentiate between others’ opinions and their personal understanding of truth. Read Matthew 16:13-19 NLT. “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” They offered the varied opinions they heard from others – John the Baptist, Elijah, Jeremiah, or one of the prophets. Good opinions, just not truth. Then Jesus got to His point. “Then He asked them, ‘Who do you say that I am?’”

That is the preeminent question of life and eternity. Jesus was not having an identity crisis nor self doubt. In His question to them, He clearly stated He was “the Son of Man.” Who do you say Jesus is? Don’t be confused by others’ doubts and uncertainties, or even their self assured but inaccurate, though strongly held opinions. Settle that truth, and everything else is simpler and clearer. Let that be muddled, and everything else becomes unclear.

Someone has said, “The man who doesn’t stand for something will fall for anything.” I choose to stand for truth – God’s truth as supreme and singular. I stand with the Apostle’s Paul’s absolute certainty: “For what if some did not believe? Will their unbelief make the faithfulness of God without effect? Certainly not! Indeed, let God be true but every man a liar.” Romans 3:3-4 NKJV. See also John 16:13 TEV.

My prayer for you today is that you know certainly the truth that is found in Christ alone.

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