Monday, March 29, 2010
favorite bible stories ever! Its not so much the story, but what the
story means in the big picture of Christianity.
Joseph, one of twelve sons of Jacob, is sold to the Egyptians by his
brothers. This sets up the best story. In Egypt, after years in
service to the king then in prison, Joseph funds himself interpreting
the King's dreams and then overseeing a stockpile of food in
preparation for a famine. His family goes to Egypt to buy food. He
recognizes them. They all come out. Jacob dies. The family (12
brothers and wives and children who become the twelve tribes of
Israel) stays in Egypt. Then they become too big to the King and they
become slaves. Eventually God sends Moses to rescue them, but not
without a few plagues and hardening of Pharoh's heart first. The last
plague is the angel of death, which was avoided by sacrificing a lamb
and painting its blood on the doorposts. Thus was born the tradition
of the Passover lamb. A holiday that Jews take very seriously. Its
very meaningful. As it should be.
Thousands of years later Christ was crucified as our permanent Passover lamb.
I used to think that if the one little act by the brothers didn't
happen, the Jews never wouldve been slaves to Egypt. But we wouldn't
have our imagery and meaning of Christ as the Passover lamb and we
wouldn't understand or appreciate it. All of Jewish history would be
completely different. One small act by jealous boys and men set up
the greatest selfless act in all eternity!
Anyway ... At the end of the exodus story is the ten commandments.
Moses says, in Exodus 20:20,
Do not be afraid; for God has come in order to rest you, in order that
the fear of Him may remain with you, so that you may not sin.
The Jewish people didn't know who God was. He didn't speak to them
the way He spoke to Jacob and Isaac and Abraham. This was really
their first personal encounter with God. All they had were stories
before. Now its real and personal. And God wants the best for them,
so He gave them rules to live by and a guideline for life. So that
they wouldn't sin and He could remain with them.
I get chills thinking of the importance of this story. I love it.
And in Holy Week its very meaningful as we prepare to remember
Christ's humble entry on a donkey into Jerusalem (yesterday ... Palm
Sunday), and the Last Supper celebration of Passover, Good Friday, and
ultimately Easter or Resurrection Sunday!
Thank you Lord for your Son.
Thursday, March 25, 2010
Sing praises to God, sing praises.
Sing praises to our King, sing praises.
For God is the King of the earth;
Sing praises with a skillful psalm.
We're not to just speak praises. We are to sing them. Singing takes more heart, more courage, more air. It involves breathing deeply and lifting our chests. You put your whole self into singing. Not just word, but with soul. Singing is louder than speaking. It cuts through the normal noises. Its enjoyable to listen to. Our praises aren't to be done halfway, they are to be sung skillfully for He is King over ALL the earth!
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
Isaiah 53:5 reads:
But he was pierced for our transgressions,
he was crushed for our iniquities;
the punishment that brought us peace was upon him,
and by his wounds we are healed.
I love the picture this verse creates. Its very descriptive.
We have peace. We are saved. We have eternal life. And we receive these things for free. God's grace. Christ's suffering. Our salvation and eternity!
Whenever I read this passage in Isaiah I am reminded of a song by Carmen. A boxing match between Jesus and Satan. Jesus takes a beating and is knocked down; He's down for 9 seconds and then rises, catching Satan off guard and defeating death.
Friday, March 19, 2010
We try to watch that movie every year during the Lenten and Easter season, but aren't always successful. I hope we can this year.
This week's passage was Luke 23:1-25; when Jesus is on trial before the Sanhedrin, Pilate, Herod and Pilate again.
Because the guilty verdict the religious leaders gave held no legal weight, they had to take Jesus to Pilate in order to have him sentenced. They lied to Pilate, saying that Jesus said the people didn't have to pay taxes and that he claimed divine authority as only a King (Caesar) would have. Pilate, however, saw no fault in Christ. So he sent him to Herod. Herod was looking for a magic show; wanting to be entertained. Jesus refused to speak and be a part of Herod's game, so Herod mocked him and returned him to Pilate.
Pilate tried to compromise and just have Jesus flogged, but the Pharisees would not oblige. Pilate tried to release Jesus as part of their traditions to have a prisoner released during the passover. But again, the Pharisees would not have any of that. They wanted Christ dead and there was no convincing them otherwise.
Pilate finally gave in, but tried to convince himself that he was not committing this act, the Pharisees were. He washed his hands of it. This was done to prevent an uproar by the Pharisees and Jewish people. There was much political turmoil and Pilate was trying to prevent losing his seat.
Jesus knew one thing through all of this. What Pilate, Herod, the Pharisees, even the disciples did just didn't matter. Only ETERNITY MATTERS. Knowing that everything he was doing was for His and OUR eternity, He kept his mouth shut in front of Herod. He did not argue to the Sanhedrin. He didn't beg Pilate to stand up to the Pharisees. He just did what God, His Father, was telling Him to do.
The full sermon can be heard here or found in itunes. Search for Centerpointe Presbyterian Church in Pleasanton, CA.
Monday, March 15, 2010
The passage is 3 verses long.
O continue Your lovingkingness to those who know You,
And Your righteousness to the upright in heart.
Let not the foot of pride come upon me,
And let not the head of the wicked drive me away.
There the doers of iniquity have fallen;
They have been thrust down and cannot rise.
I especially like the verse about pride. I tend to be a very proud person, especially when in the middle of an argument. I'm actively working on my own pride issues and think this verse is a great reminder of the damages of pride and other sinfulness and wickedness.
Well, I was successful in not using my phone or the computer this weekend. It wasn't really that hard, I wasn't really going through withdrawal, but I did have those moments when I thought, "Oh this would make a GREAT FB update."
I found myself reading when I had 20 minutes of downtime, instead of playing on my phone or checking forums.
I don't think my time with my family was any more special, simply because I put my phone away during family time anyway.
However, I had so many things to read this morning when I turned my computer on. It will be awhile until I fully catch up.
So yes, I can go a weekend without my phone. I could probably go a week, but would need to check email for bills and such. But I don't want to. I'm not addicted to it, it isn't interfering with my relationships or real life. But I don't want to.
I like the relationships I've forged and rebuilt via the internet. I like the photos I can post online. I like the ease of communication. I like having something to do when I find myself waiting unexpectedly when no one is around. There you have it.
And all the things you missed while I was sans-phone this weekend:
- A super cute photo of Audrey sleeping in the shopping cart
- Knowing that Josh and I went on a lunch-date and had a great time
- A reminder to set your clocks ahead
- An admission that we almost forgot to set OUR clocks ahead
- I didn't have any trouble losing my hour of sleep; if anything it was better because Audrey slept great.
- Knowing that I was waiting for a St. Patrick's Day parade to start
- My step-son drove me around for the first time - and it's fun to be the licensed driver in the car with someone with a permit because you not only are allowed to, but you HAVE to backseat drive.
- hearing that Audrey went potty in her own potty on Sunday morning (Thank you Josh for tweeting that for me.....)
- couldn't post the photos or videos from Open Mic night on Friday night - will have to work on those this week
- An announcement of a great impromptu lunch with some good friends
Friday, March 12, 2010
Josh is of the opinion that I spend a lot of time on my phone. He doesn't think I could go an entire weekend without using my phone.
I've accepted this challenge. So ... this weekend, I will be sans phone. No facebook, no txting, no twitter, no email, no spontaneous Audrey photos to flickr. Nothing. No technology. I will have my phone for phone calls only (I think that's fair since we'll be out of the house for much of the weekend). All other updates will just have to wait until Monday.
I get to use my real camera, but no computer, so I can't update photos until Monday.
I guess this means today I better get all my surfing done and my photos posted.
As of midnight tonight, I will be unreachable.
I'll check back in on Monday and let you know how it went.
Thursday, March 11, 2010
Monday, March 8, 2010
This week's memory verse comes from my daily bible reading.
Therefore repent and return, so that your sins may be wiped away in order that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord.
I just really liked what this had to say.
No special story behind it. Just really encouraging. Repent from my sins and get refreshed from God's presence in my life.
Friday, March 5, 2010
- Maternity Clothes
- A HUGE corner desk for work
- Toys for Audrey
- Baby Clothes
- and this Glider
Wednesday, March 3, 2010
Tuesday, March 2, 2010
put together this week's Memorization Monday post.
But I've aligned them into an arc and found my verse for the week.
2 Corinthians 5:21
God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might
become the righteousness of God.
This verse came from out sermon on Sunday. Our current series is on
Jesus' last 24 hours and is taught out of Luke 22. This verse was
used in reference to verse 42. Jesus took on the burden, or cup, of
our sins so that we could spend eternity with God and be righteous.
The verse in 2 Corinthians is a very powerful reminder of what Christ
did and what it means for us.
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