We want the power, and Jesus shows us the cross

“He saved others,” they said, “but he can’t save himself! He’s the king of Israel! Let him come down now from the cross, and we will believe in him. He trusts in God. Let God rescue him now if he wants him, for he said, ‘I am the Son of God.’” (Matt. 27:42-43)

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To dream and keep on dreaming

A little over two years ago, on my worst day that year, I was at my church spending the day in prayer. The Lord had told me that morning not to be on “defense” that day in prayer. Don’t ask him for the provision I so desperately needed, but ask him for what was ahead. I was not to ask for me, I was to declare victory in my city.  Continue reading “To dream and keep on dreaming”

Two worthwhile reads for your weekend

Stop and reflect a bit this week.

A column by David Brooks calls on us to reflect on BEAUTY. It is a marvelous piece.

This is the view that beauty is a big, transformational thing, the proper goal of art and maybe civilization itself. This humanistic worldview holds that beauty conquers the deadening aspects of routine; it educates the emotions and connects us to the eternal.

Then a post by Ben Witherington on a good “election guide” as we enter into Mudslinging 2016. He bases it on the Sermon on the Mount and Romans 12-13. Neither party is impressive held to that standard, but there are some things to AVOID.

I am beyond “over” when it comes to politics. It’s been almost 2 decades since I’ve quit voting categorically one party. Voting will still happen for me, but after that is what counts as well. I will pray for those in authority and I will press Kingdom issues and continue to bring Kingdom blessing to whoever is in office. I have worked hard to adopt what I call a “pro-life” ethic in my life.

  1. I use a word that is “loaded,” but I don’t care. I won’t allow bad politics to co-opt an ethic that is worth having.
  2. That ethic is womb to tomb. The only person more pro-life in this life ethic than me is the Pope.
  3. There isn’t any political party, or candidate, who matches that ethic, so I choose to live my ethic and bless those in leadership as I try to live out Kingdom goodness in this world.

Quite honestly, soak in Brooks’ column and reflect on the beauty around us. It is a wonderful tip for the weekend ahead!

What measure do I WANT to use when it comes to Kingdom power?

24 “Consider carefully what you hear,” he continued. “With the measure you use, it will be measured to you—and even more. 25 Whoever has will be given more; whoever does not have, even what they have will be taken from them.” (Mark 4:24-25)

What measure I am using to pursue the Kingdom? That has a direct correlation to what I can receive in capacity in return.

So, is THIS my measure:

Or, is THIS my measure:

You hold the miracle

Jesus replied, “They do not need to go away. You give them something to eat.” (Matt. 14:16)

The miracle is already in our hands. The power of the miracle is found in our surrender. We may need to give up something we possess. We may need to give up our ego, or reputation. But the miracle is in our hands and the key to the miracle is in our surrender.

Give what is in your hands and see what he can accomplish with it.