Archive for June 2009

Temporary vs. Eternal

June 25, 2009

AuswitchYesterday I had a conversation with a neighbor about her experiences during World War II. She was a teenager in Europe. There was hardly anything to eat. She often had to bicycle 40 miles each way in harsh winter weather in order to scavenge a potato or two or whatever else she could barter for. She experienced and saw so much suffering. She still believes in God, in fact prays several times a day. But sometimes she doubts. She wonders how God could have allowed such suffering. I know that many people ask the same question either because of their own suffering or because of what they see happening around the world. (more…)

Fulfillment

June 24, 2009

CommunionBibleJesus said to them, ‘I have eagerly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer. For I tell you, I will not eat it again until it finds fulfillment in the kingdom of God‘” (Luke 22:14,15).

We all yearn for heaven, or what Jesus called the kingdom of heaven or the kingdom of God. We all yearn for “fulfillment,” which means that it’s sometimes hard not to be disappointed with certain parts of our lives or our days.┬áJesus had no illusions about this life fulfilling him completely. Instead, he had a knack for “eagerly desiring” and enjoying any “foretastes” of the future kingdom that each day offered him. He could be disappointed with his disciples at times and at this point knew that they would betray, deny and abandon him that very night, and yet he still eagerly desired to share this Passover with them. He believed enough in the future kingdom, a future that was already bleeding into the present,┬áto enjoy each sign or foretaste, even though the most horrific suffering was knocking at the door.

I wonder what “appetizers” of holiness, of intimacy with the Trinity, of healing, prosperity, community, reconciliation, beauty and vitality God will place on our plate today?

The Second Mile

June 23, 2009

SecondMileIf anyone forces you to go one mile, go a second mile” (Matthew 5:41). We can have all sorts of reasons for going the first mile. Maybe we feel sorry for people, or maybe we can’t think of any good reason to say no. We may do something for someone else because we want to, or we may do it out of a sense of obligation.

But it’s the second mile that often makes the difference in someone’s life. It’s the second mile that tells people we really care, or maybe it’s the second mile that causes us to care. It often takes the second mile to get us outside of ourselves. It’s often not until we go the second mile that we really start to follow Jesus.

A Healing Place

June 19, 2009

HealingPlaceChurchI just started reading a book about a church in Baton Rouge called Healing Place Church. The church began with the pastor and his wife along with a handful of congregants serving people in their community like crazy. The book is entitled Servolution. I like the name of the book. I also like the name of the church. I’d love for our church to be known as “a healing place.” Hopefully our time with Tim Vink this last weekend will help us move in this direction. It was this combination of healing and service that drew people to the early church:

Everyone was filled with awe, and many wonders and miraculous signs were done by the apostles. All the believers were together and had everything in common. Selling their possessions and goods, they gave to anyone who was in need (Acts 3:43-45).

Over the last couple of days I’ve heard about one family that was affected in a number of ways by this last weekend. The kids decided to come to the seminar after their father felt a lot better following a BRC healing service a few weeks ago. The mother was physically healed while listening to Tim speak. The kids experienced both physical and emotional healing during one of the weekend ministry times after a couple of our BRC folks prayed for them. Cool. I love what God is doing.