Lost years

It seems that time flies…but not just while having fun. Time also passes too quickly in the midst of trying times. Often we wish that time would stand still during a quiet moment when our kids are small, to just hold on to them for a moment longer…Whichever the case, time only goes in one direction – forward. So, make the most of it, and remember that God is the maker of time. He won’t change time, or allow us to go back and change circumstances; but he will forgive us for the mistakes we make and be there for us, for all time…on earth and in heaven – for those of us who accept his Son Jesus as our Saviour. And contrary to public opinion, Christians don’t always have a rosy life with no problems. We just have a Saviour and a friend to help us cope in tough times and celebrate with us in good times. God is with us in the quiet moments, and in the turbulent times in our life when we feel like we just can’t go on. He is there in the midst of every circumstance, even when that circumstance is a result of our own bad decisions. He lifts us up, helping us move forward – without guilt – to accept His forgiveness and start over, this time listening to his heart and following his guidance. He is our Father, King of all Kings, above all things, and Creator of this world and the universe surrounding us.

What an Awesome God we serve!

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He is Alive!

After the disciples left, Mary still not believing that his body had disappeared, stooped down one more time to peer into the tomb to make sure she was not imagining things. Tears streaming down her face she saw two white robed men sitting at the place where the body of Jesus had been lying.

“Why are you crying?” the angels asked her.

Grief stricken she choked back more tears. “Because they have taken away my Lord and I don’t know where they have put him.”

Distressed and not knowing what else to do she glanced around and saw a man, perhaps the gardener, and wondered if he had seen anyone steal the body.

Before she could speak he asked, “Why are you crying and who are you looking for?”

Turning toward him she said, “I am looking for my Teacher, have you taken him away?

With a rush of new tears forming in hear grief stricken eyes she pleaded, “Please! Will you tell me where you put him and I will go and get him. He was my Teacher and I want to take care of his body. He rescued me and freed me from my sins.”

Looking directly into her eyes the man spoke a single word, “Mary!” Jesus said.

Hearing her name by that voice she knew so well, she stared at him in disbelief.

She ran to him and exclaimed, “Teacher!”

“Let go. Don’t hold on to me, for I have not yet returned to the Father. Go instead to my brothers and tell them I am returning to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.”

Amazed and filled with great joy that her Teacher was alive, she ran and told the others the news.

“I have seen the Lord!  He is Alive!”

—adapted from the Four Gospels

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The folks at Project Reason have created the striking poster above as a visual for what they claim are 439 contradictions found in the bible. The full poster can be downloaded free here. As impressive as the visual is, the list is a little underwhelming. Some of the contradictions are mere semantics and many others are easily explained. There are even a few duplicates and typos. However, some of the examples do offer difficult solutions with profound theological implications.

In the poster each chapter in the bible is represented by a white line whose length correlates with the length of the chapter. The red lines connect chapters that appear to offer contradictions. Of course, depending on ones view of scripture and hermeneutical framework this may or may not seem like a very big deal. But in my mind this is important. I recognize that there are problematic passages…

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Choices

“Don’t you realize that whatever you choose to obey becomes your master?  You can choose sin, which leads to death, or you can choose to obey God and receive his approval….for the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord.”  Romans 6: 16,23 NLT 1996

SLAVES OF SIN = ETERNAL DEATH

SLAVES OF GOD = ETERNAL LIFE

Both are a choice. Both paths are not easy…BUT ONLY ONE LEADS TO ETERNAL LIFE.  

WHICH PATH WILL YOU CHOOSE?