Monday, May 24, 2010
Saturday, May 15, 2010
And there was a man called by the name of Zaccheus; he was a chief tax collector and he was rich.
Zaccheus was trying to see who Jesus was, and was unable because of the crowd, for he was small in stature.
So he ran on ahead and climbed up into a sycamore tree in order to see Him, for He was about to pass through that way.
When Jesus came to the place, He looked up and said to him, "Zaccheus, hurry and come down, for today I must stay at your house."
And he hurried and came down and received Him gladly.
When they saw it, they all began to grumble, saying, "He has gone to be the guest of a man who is a sinner."
Zaccheus stopped and said to the Lord, "Behold, Lord, half of my possessions I will give to the poor, and if I have defrauded anyone of anything, I will give back four times as much."
And Jesus said to him, "Today salvation has come to this house, because he, too, is a son of Abraham.
For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost."
I began to cry. The holy spirit began to speak to me about this kind of love. Jesus, the only sinless man, looks at this sinful crook and doesn't just say "you are forgiven sinner" or "I love EVEN you" he asks to stay in his home... a great sign of honor in Jewish culture. Because of this KINDNESS and love, because of this RESPECT and friendship, Zaccheus, out of his own free will, gives his money away and rights his wrongs... and gains salvation.
Jesus does not side with the crowd that calls this man a sinner, he calls him a son of Abraham, a son of the promises of God, someone created in God's image for HIS purpose.
"Drawn to redemption by the grace in His eyes."
On Mother's Day Sunday my pastor's (Brad Curry) mom was listening to him teach for the first time, she is Jewish and lives in Chicago. He didn't get up and yell about how Jesus IS the messiah or talk about how Jesus is the ONLY way into heaven or do anything to convince her of this. He simply honored her. He said that he had learned so much about God's character from his mom. He shared a story about how she showed unconditional love to his brother when he was addicted to drugs. He loved her.
NOTHING proclaims the gospel more than seeing the beauty in unbelievers. We have all sinned and fall short of the glory of God, yes. But we were also ALL created in HIS image and that makes us precious and beautiful. If my sister would have looked at me while I was drunk 5 nights a week, smoking pot, and hooking up with guys and said "you are a sinner and need to straighten out your life, you are a mess, what is wrong with you?" I would have sunk into my depression even more. Instead she loved me again and again and again when I was doing some very UGLY things, she saw the beauty in me. She saw the God in me. She saw another worshipper of God in me.
This is a call for Christians to reach out to those in society that people grumble at and say they are not worthy of love, to love our enemies as ourselves, to surround ourselves with people our flesh would not normally respect and let the spirit guide us into loving them deeply.
Do I know that I could love my child's murderer? yes. Not at all on my own, anger wells inside me even at the thought. But I trust that the holy spirit's power would give me that kind of forgiveness and love, to pray for that man. A man who murdered, like paul. A man who murdered, like me when my sins nailed Jesus to the cross.
I want to love Joseph Kony, the man who leads the rebels in Africa who abduct all the child soldiers.
I want to love the men who abduct girls into sex trafficking.
Can you forgive and honor that dad who beat you as a child?
Can you not just reach out in pity, but befriend the guy who lives on the corner as a brother?
I want to see ALL people as PEOPLE....and not just love them out of pity or duty, but with respect and dignity and honor and true love and friendship for the Glory of Jesus Christ, forever and ever amen.
But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. (rom 5:8)
how much clearer does the gospel get?
Friday, May 14, 2010
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
Use a tooth pick to swirl the nutella around and bake at 325 degrees for 18min.
Monday, May 10, 2010
29 “There are many virtuous and capable women in the world,
but you surpass them all!”
30 Charm is deceptive, and beauty does not last;
but a woman who fears the Lord will be greatly praised.
Friday, May 7, 2010
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees .
- With an electric mixer, beat cake mix, eggs, sour cream, water, buttermilk and oil together until smooth.
- Stir in chocolate chips and fresh raspberries. Pour into prepared pan. Bake 42-50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
- Cool completely.
- Heat raspberry jelly and water in the sauce pan for 1-2min until smooth. With a pastry brush, brush raspberry glaze over cooled cake. Let cool 1 hour.
- For first ganache heat cream in a small saucepan over low heat until just scalded. Whisk in chocolate chips. Continue to cook, whisking, until thickened. quickly pour over cake and smooth around as much as possible (will be very thick).
- For second ganache follow same directions, pour over cake and smooth out, this layer will be much thinner.
Thursday, May 6, 2010
Nature, you are my sobriety
knuckles white on a
crumbling pillow cover
writer's minds abhor
can I get an amen?
step one, step two, step three
become only the unframed
picture of a small boy
a cigarette carton
unopened for years
but nature, today
on a swing, under my oak
you let all your details out to play
and yet contain them
and everywhere was
life, life, life abundantly
but no chaos
beauty in tiny white flowers
scattered on hot black tar
painted high on
smoggy southern california
with my dirty white shirt
a mind exploding 1000 times with duty
a heart yearning for chaos
I am contained in you
I am one in a
and today that is okay
and today it makes me feel good.
Saturday, May 1, 2010
blessed is the man who takes refuge in him."