What Are You.........

Reformed Pic When we lived in Utah, I was frequently asked, “What are you…”. It could have come across as downright rude, but instead, it was strangely familiar. Growing up in Minnesota, it was a routine question between those of European descent, a practical line of questioning speeding up the process of determining common ground. “Oh, yeah, yeah, so you’re a Swede, eh. Well, I’m Scottish myself, but a college roommate’s great-great-great-grandfather Sven came over in 1870, don’t you know….”. The next five to ten minutes would be spent playing heritage-Tetris.

Black Hole Paradox

Bridge Sighs

Floating down the Grand Canal, our gondolier fanned the dark water with his oar, keeping us stationary below the Bridge of Sighs, while he shared a bit about its history. Built in the 1600’s, the bridge connected the palace of the Doge with the court chambers, prisons, and the execution chamber. From courtroom to executioner, the condemned walked across the span of the bridge – a short two-minute journey – allowed to pause, taking a final last look at their beloved Venezia. It was that which is said to have caused deep, passionate sighs, wafting down to the water below, heard by those passing underneath, and inspiring the naming of the bridge.

In 30 days....

Daffodil Snow …the 12-inches of snow that dropped on New Hampshire yesterday, will have melted. The spring peepers will be peeping, sunning themselves on the thin crust of ice covering the vernal pond. When the daffodils and tulips, followed by swollen dogwood and black raspberry buds appear, it will be easier to imagine what now seems impossible – the feeling of warm sunshine on bare arms while picking berries, or the laughter of my children riding ocean waves. While nature isn’t always stable and constant, with occasional storms, earthquakes and hurricanes reminding us of its power, it is far more dependable and stable than human sin-nature, drawn to chaos. (Job 5:7)

Van Til - "Why I Believe In God"

Tree of Life

Blessed is the man
who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked
or stand in the way of sinners
or sit in the seat of mockers.
But his delight is in the law of the LORD,
and on his law he meditates day and night.
He is like a tree planted by streams of water,
which yields its fruit in season
and whose leaf does not wither.
Whatever he does prospers.
Not so the wicked!
They are like chaff
that the wind blows away.
Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment,
nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous.
For the LORD watches over the way of the righteous,
but the way of the wicked will perish. Psalm 1

I cherish this Psalm for its life-giving wisdom as well as its lack of relativism. There’s a deep sense of peace knowing that millions of Christians, all of whom had their own challenges within the days and borders assigned to their existence, (Acts 17:26) over hundreds of decades, have felt sustained and encouraged by it as well.

Egg of Power

Small Egg Power God help us, for we are now going to find out what it is like to be ruled by the ungodly. Barack Hussein Obama may well have persevered, winning the race in his bid for the office of President of the United States, but it appears, he will lose the most important race (1 Cor 9:24) – the race towards eternity. And just as churches and Christian families suffer for lack of Godly leadership, so, too, will those of this nation suffer, for our lack of leadership and discernment. God will not be mocked.

God is With Us

Christmas card 250 Matthew 1:23 “Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel,”[a] which is translated, “God with us.”

It is because He is with us, very much alive, active and involved in every facet of the universe – His birth and life having turned the world upside-down (Acts 17:5-7) – and it continues to stir men up dividing them for Him or against Him. If it were not so, if He were a dead god, like all the other idols of this world, worshiped in ignorance (Acts 17:22-23), then Christmas, would not be filled with controversy – atheists protesting nativities, red and white candy cane colors claimed as being too religious, and Christian store employees dressing up like Jesus Christ, complete with a crown of thorns.

Beyond Heaven

find God small graphic We are physical creatures, born into a physical world, and it is into a physical world that we will be resurrected to spend eternity. This is not a new message, but instead, one taught throughout the Bible since the earliest of days. What’s new is our modern notion of “heaven” through which loved ones, restored to full physical health, according to some pastors, are “…now running…no more pain….leaping through the meadows….” in their fully restored body. This is not a traditional Biblical message. Instead of being discouraging, this should be encouraging. Learning the truth about what the Bible says should be the diligent desire of all those who proclaim Christ as Lord. Instead, too many well-meaning, albeit misinformed Christians speak of fantasy places such as Rainbow Bridge, a place dead pets go to wait the arrival of their owners so they can walk through pearly gates together.

The idea that some desire to see their beloved pets again, isn’t troubling to me. In fact, I desire to see all God’s creation restored to his original plan. What is troubling are the weak-minded, poor teachings in today’s church. This type of editing of the true message is yet another way God is remade into the image of man, in turn, blinding people to the Truth that saves.

Destiny: Liberation

Psalm 139

Justified for Evermore

s far as any eye could see
There was no green. But every tree
Was cinder black, and all the ground
Was gray with ash. The only sound
Was arid wind, like spirits’ ghosts,
gasping for some living hosts
In which to dwell as in the days
Of evil men, before the blaze
Of unimaginable fire
Had made the earth a flaming pyre
For God’s omnipotent display
Of holy rage.
The dreadful Day
Of God had come. The moon had turned
To blood. The sun no longer burned
Above, but, blazing with desire,
had flowed into a lake of fire.
The seas and oceans were no more,
And in their place a desert floor
Fell deep to meet the brazen skies,
And silence conquered distant cries.

Death, Justification & Cockatiels

Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat; but of the tree of knowledge of good and evil thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eats, thereof you shall surely die” (Gen. 2:16-17)

Today, I held the penalty of sin – death – in my hands. It struck down my 19-year-old Cockatiel, Minnie, her wings spread uselessly, breathing labored, face-down on the bottom of her cage. I’m thankful I found her in time, that I was with her when she took her final breath.

Even though the Lord, always generous with His mercy, prepared my heart weeks in advance, showing me what was to pass, I wasn’t ready. Instead of bowing my head in submission, saying, ‘Yes, Lord, I will be still”, I begged He’d spare her for just a little bit longer….

Nineteen years is the longest I’ve shared my life with any pet. In hindsight, our time together was but a blink of a star.