“Then we will see the glory of the Lord, all eyes will see…”

I have begun reading a book entitled “Engaging With God: A Biblical Theology of Worship” by David Peterson for one of the courses I am taking this semester at seminary.  I have been challenged and uplifted by this book in just the first few chapters.  I love the way that Peterson thinks and articulates his thoughts.  On page 100 he writes, “New-covenant worship is essentially the engagement with God that he has made possible through the revelation of himself in Jesus Christ and the life he has made available through the Holy Spirit.”  I love that thought.  So often we think about what we, as humans, can bring to the table in worship.  However, in all truthfulness worship does not even originate within us.  We worship because God allows us to do so.  We have nothing to offer on our own, and the only way that we ever have anything to offer back to God is because he gave it to us to begin with.  When we come into worship we have nothing of our own to offer back to God, but rather we give back out of the overflow of what God has filled us with.  On page 101 Peterson writes, “God’s presence and God’s glory…are fully and finally experienced in Jesus Christ.”  The Old Testament understanding that the presence and glory of God dwelt only in the tabernacle or temple was done away with in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus.  As Jesus is revealed to us, the very glory of God is revealed to us as well.  Think, then, of the implications of knowing Christ ever more intimately.  We begin to understand the glory of God more intimately as well.

I been gone so long, I almost can’t remember…

I know it has been forever since I blogged.  I have had a really busy month of August so far.  It has been a productive month though.  I have started back to seminary this week, so all of that is getting under way.  I think that it is going to be a great semester.  I am taking four of the last six classes that I have to take for seminary.  It is exciting, but crazy at the same time.  At times over the past three years I have thought that I would never get finished, but it is actually here already.  I will be graduating in May with a Masters on Divinity with a Specialization in Worship Studies.  I cannot believe it.  I will have a masters degree.  How crazy is that?  I am excited though.

Things are going great with the family.  Both of the girls are doing great, and they are growing and developing so quickly.  AG is so incredibly smart, and she remembers everything. (And I do mean everything.)  But they are doing great.  Kim is doing great as always.  She is as beautiful as ever and as wonderful as ever.

Last night I started a new series with the youth about the book of Titus.  I think that Titus holds some things that will truly benefit the youth and me as well.  I just introduced it last night and we talked about Paul’s greeting to Titus.  I think that it is time that youth get a better understanding of what it means to be a young man or woman for Christ.  It does not mean that they float through life until they graduate high school or college, but rather they can make an impact for the name of Jesus even now.  I think that it is important for our kids, and us for that matter, to understand that we are not really of that much consequence in the grand of the scheme of things.  As teenagers, and as adults, we so often think so highly of ourselves, but really we are tiny people on a tiny little orb called earth floating through the vastness of space.  However, we have a God who knows us by name, and He wants to have a relationship with us.  He also wants us to shine Him to everyone that we come into contact with.  I think that the series is going to be great.

I hope that everyone feels up to date.  I hope that everyone has a great day.

Break my heart for what breaks Yours, everything I am for the Kingdom’s cause…

Those lyrics hit me like a ton of bricks the first time I heard them.  What an extremely weighty thing to ask of God.  Sometimes I wonder if I can really sing those words and mean them with everything that it within me.  It is hard to live a life like that even though it is the life that God has called me to.  My stupid sin nature gets in the way so often, and it clouds my view of what God has for me.  I think that those lyrics work in tandem with Titus 2:11-14.  It reads like this:

“11 For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, 12 training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age, 13 waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, 14 who gave himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for himself a people for his own possession who are zealous for good works.”

Jesus Christ gave Himself for us in order that we may be purified to stand before Him.  In response, we must live a life that honors Him.  We are to be the examples in this life for those who have not yet come into a relationship with Jesus.  I love what it says in verse 13; “waiting for our blessed hope.”  In a world where some many feel as though there is no hope, we can rest assured knowing that our Savior will come through.  I will leave you with this question.  What are the things that break you heart?  Is it things that are fleeting and temporary, or is it knowing that there is injustice, hate, fear and sin in this world that must be combated with the love of Jesus Christ?

Published in: on June 26, 2009 at 11:53 am  Comments (1)  
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I might not finish this blog post

I know that it is a morbid thought, but it is true.  The fact of the matter is that each one of us will die at some point.  It is a dark thought to have, but at any given moment you or I could drop dead.  The question is, “Are you ready?”

I have decided, at the urging of my wife, to commit Thursday blog posts to recalling the discussion that we had with the youth group on Wednesday night.  Last night was week two of the Crazy Love study with the youth.  Francis Chan was talking about living our lives as if today were the last day we had on this earth.  If we are being truly honest with ourselves we do not live like that.  We would lead much different lives if truly believed that.  God has so much for us to do that will bless us immeasurably, and we think that we can do it later because we have all of the time in the world.  That is simply not the case.  We must live with a sense of urgency.  Francis makes a statement to the effect of, “Think about this.  Today is not a normal day.  Today could be the day that you actually see God.  We talk about when we get to see him, and what we will do, but today you could actually close your eyes in one instant and open them in front of the throne of God.”  The question that comes to my mind is, if that is the case then why do our lives not reflect that truth?  

We had a great discussion last night.  We talked about how we need to live our lives in a way that exhibits the fact that we are going to live lives that make Jesus famous in our world.  I asked them the question, “If you were to die today and stood before the throne of God, is there anything you would regret?  What can you do today to make sure that you do not have those regrets anymore?”  This fostered some really good discussion.  It is something that we all need to think about.  

Are we ready?  Are we living in a way that shows we value this day to do God’s work on earth?  Do we exhibit the fame of Jesus Christ on a daily basis?  Think about these questions, and please leave your thoughts.

Published in: on April 2, 2009 at 9:29 am  Comments (1)  
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