Posts Tagged ‘Lord’

Introspection

May 31, 2013

Recently, our pastor gave a sermon in which he confessed the following:

He believes that everyone who dies deserves to have a funeral. As a result, the local funeral homes call him from time to time to officiate at funerals in which just he and the funeral director are the attendees. He does not want to be judgmental towards anyone because all are sinners, as is he, and he doesn’t feel he has the right to deny a funeral to someone.

But then the Boston Marathon bombing happened.
And it made him seriously think about his stance:
Hypothetically speaking, if he were called to officiate at the bomber’s funeral, could he go through with it?

Obviously, he wasn’t really going to be called to do that particular funeral, but he did have to consider the possibility that someday he may be called on to officiate for someone  heinous. I mean, that dead bomber’s family had a difficult time finding a funeral home who would accept the body, let alone finding an officiator.

Would he have the fortitude to go ahead with such a funeral?

After much consideration, he honestly couldn’t answer that. As much as he believes that all people deserve a funeral, he couldn’t bring himself to give a definite “yes” to that self-imposed question.

And it made me think.

What convictions do I have that might be seriously challenged someday? For example, I don’t believe in the death penalty…. but what if a serial killer murdered my child? Could I stand by my conviction, or would I be clamoring for lethal injection? I really don’t know if I can answer that. On the one hand, the Bible tells us that vengeance belongs to God, but on the other hand, I would feel that the killer deserved death for depriving me of my child.

I also believe that all who have finished their time in prison should be forgiven and given a new lease on life. BUT…. if a pedophile molested my daughter, could I be as forgiving when he finally is released from prison? Again, I’m not sure if I can answer that.

And we all should consider possibilities that can challenge our personal convictions. Although certain situations may seem highly unlikely, there really is no such thing as absolute-impossible. And I don’t think it makes someone a bad person if they cannot stand by their convictions — it just means they need to lean into the Lord’s strong arms and seek His love to get through the crisis.

We are all imperfect people, and we all have challenges that are hard to manage. If you find yourself facing this kind of challenge don’t let it discourage you. God sees everything you’ve gone through, what you feel, and what your situation is. He waits patiently for us to come to Him, and like the loving Father He is, He isn’t going to reject you simply because your convictions are being severely challenged. Although we may fail ourselves, He will never fail you.

If you find your convictions to be twisted inside out, resist the urge to feel like a hypocrite or a failure. Instead, hold tight to Father’s strong hand and let Him lead you through the darkness and into His light.

 

Versical’s Weblog: Christian Poetry to Encourage and Share

July 21, 2012

The following post is courtesy of Versical’s Weblog:

GOD CALLING

It’s been a journey, full of change
You had Your work cut out
Accepting me, just how I was
A sinner full of doubt
But slowly You have done the job
Of stripping down the mask
Today I stand upon the rock
You have fulfilled Your task
Of changing me into the child
That You made me to be
Devoted to Your guiding hand
Which saved a fool like me
From following the world, to death
Defeating satans plan
Through Jesus, I am born again
I’m Your devoted fan.

The writer is a poet who expresses God’s love through words. (We seriously recommend you take a look!)
For his weblog, click here

Enjoy!

Sick Of It

October 3, 2010

I woke up this morning at about seven thirty. Laid in bed until about eight, when all of a sudden it hit me:

A whompin’ wave of nausea and a sudden dash to the bathroom — eeesh!

I hate getting sick to begin with, but this particular “brand” of sick is the worst kind. I’d rather do anything than this!

After the “problem” passed, I went back to bed.
No going to church today.
No going to work either.
Ugh.

I slept until about 1:30 in the afternoon, after which I felt a little more life come back into me. Don’t know what that earlier “stuff” was all about, but at least I’m feeling a little better now (though I’m not exactly up to par yet). And as I’m recuperating, a certain scriptural passage comes to mind:

And none there will say “I am sick”. The people who dwell there will be forgiven their iniquity
— Isaiah 33:24, HCSB

The context of this verse is in relation to the coming of God’s Kingdom in the future:
Nobody will be sick.
I wouldn’t have to live with nausea today.
My husband wouldn’t have to live with diabetes.
My mother wouldn’t have to live with swiss cheese for bones.
You wouldn’t have to live with _____________ (fill in the blank).

Think of how wonderful that will be! No more cancers, or epilepsy, or heart defects! No more standing in line for the yearly flu vaccinations! No more fevers or rashes! No more need of mosquito netting or rabies shots! Nobody will get sick, meaning we will all feel healthy and vibrant every day!

Every day!

Sin and sickness has plagued the world since the beginning in Eden; not one person has experienced life without pain, sickness or death, it’s unprecedented! All that junk is accepted as a normal part of life, and God is going to get rid of it for us!

I mean, the idea of Satan being vanquished when the Kingdom comes is already a GREAT thing — but the bonus of ridding the world of sickness just makes it that much more exciting! Think of how wonderful the people in Bible times felt when Jesus healed their ailments — and those were just temporary fixes. Imagine never having to pay for health insurance, or prescription co-pays, or cold medicines ever again. Imagine your baby never experiencing another ear infection. Imagine your arthritis going away forever.

Yeah. When His Kingdom comes we’ll all be healthy enough to jump and shout and dance for joy!

Come, Lord Jesus!

Virtual Church

August 21, 2010

Virtual Church?

Yep, that’s right.

Although we strongly encourage everyone to attend their local Christian house of worship, we are also big fans of reality and realize that sometimes that’s simply impossible:

Maybe you’re recuperating after emergency surgery.
Or you’re wrangling with the flu.
Or you’re recovering from a major accident.
Or, maybe you’ve even found yourself in prison (yikes!)

Whatever the case may be, the point is that you won’t be able to go to a regular church service when life throws a wrench in the works.

This is where Virtual Church comes in.

Virtual Church is exactly what it sounds like: Worship and praise services that you can either listen to or view online, the radio, or television. Our sister site, www.ChristUnite.com , offers listings and links for virtual church events in various areas of the United States.

If your area isn’t covered in ChristUnite.com, its simple to find your own:
All you do is Google your city and state for churches, and follow the links on the church websites that you find. For example, if you live in Canandaigua, New York, you simple use the search terms: Canandaigua, NY, Churches. Google will immediately show you page after page of church listings in the Canandaigua area. Many of these listings will have links directly to the church websites. Click on the church website link you’re interested in and see if the site offers links for radio, television, or internet programs. For example, one of the first page listings for Canandaigua, New York is the United Church, with its link at  www.uccdga.org . Click that link to access it’s website, and you will see a link towards the top that simply says “media” and it will take you to a menu of sermons archived according to date. Very simple! (and I might add with some bias, Pastor Kerr is a gifted speaker!)

Of course, Google isn’t limited to just the United States, and so you can live anywhere worldwide and perform similar searches to meet your worship needs when you’re physically unable to attend a church service.

So don’t feel left out because something happened that prevents you from attending a church service. Simply hop on the search engine and get there virtually! This is especially important in time of trial (such as sickness, accidents, and incarceration), as you don’t want to lose your Christian focus.

God Bless!


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