Sunday, March 28
Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it.
Here I Am To Worship (written by Tim Hughes)
Light of the world, You stepped down into darkness
Opened my eyes, let me see
Beauty that made this heart adore You
Hope of a life spent with You
So here I am to worship, Here I am to bow down
Here I am to say that You're my God
You're altogether lovely, altogether worthy
Altogether wonderful to me
And I'll never know, how much it cost
To see my sin upon that cross
Tuesday, March 23
Saturday, March 20
Friday, March 19
I thought the quote from Will Rogers was interesting. It is true that the best doctor would be able to 'just know' the condition of the patient. I wonder if Will Rogers knew Christ. He was a cowboy, comedian and actor who lived from 1879-1935. When I read his quote - my first thought was ... Christ - our Great Physician knows everything about us, without having to ask.
Here is the fuller passage of Luke chapter 7:20-23 which helps us to see this better ...
When the men came to Jesus, they said, "John the Baptist sent us to you to ask, 'Are you the one who was to come, or should we expect someone else?' " 21 At that very time Jesus cured many who had diseases, sicknesses and evil spirits, and gave sight to many who were blind. 22 So he replied to the messengers, "Go back and report to John what you have seen and heard: The blind receive sight, the lame walk, those who have leprosy are cured, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the good news is preached to the poor. 23 Blessed is the man who does not fall away on account of me."
Now if we could only figure out the free will issue that keeps so many of us and our loved ones in the darkness - thinking we have it all figured out and we know best and not allowing ourselves to accept the free grace of our Healer!
Sunday, March 14
Tom Gibbs, Senior pastor at Presbyterian Redeemer Church in San Antonio TX had a sermon posted online about climbing rainbows HERE. He used the quote from Matheson's hymn "O Love That Will Not Let Me Go" and gave some history behind it. It gives a clearer understanding as to what he was thinking when he wrote it.
Friday, March 12
"I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful. You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. Remain in me, and I will remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.
"I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. If anyone does not remain in me, he is like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be given you. This is to my Father's glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.