Glimpse

image

Have you seen me?

In the night, in the dark
By the streetlamps, abandoned cars

We have spoken

In the allys, in the streets
In vacant desert lots

Did you hear my voice?

In the distance, on the wind
In the sun, the pouring rain

Or feel me touch your hands?

Pray for summer in the blizzard
For Warmth in the dead of winter

I offer understanding
Consolation reimagined
Meaning redirected
Purpose wrapped in life

Have you given away your reason?
Your substance or your time

Everything has its season
It’s reason and it’s rhyme

Can you read the message?
Written on your walls
Answering the call

Do you feel the expectation?

creation is still waiting
For the moment, for the day

That you find the way

catch a glimpse of meaning
And step into the light

Follow Me

image

God

He was born to a virgin.

During His baptism, the Holy Spirit descended like a dove while Gods voice thundered from Heaven.

He was transfigured and glorified on a mountain top and spoke to Moses and Elijah.

On at least two other occasions Gods voice thundered from Heaven again, glorifying His name.

He also-

Turned at least 180 gallons of water into wine at a wedding.

Sat down by a well because he was hot and tired and thirsty.

Spat in the dirt and made mud paste to heal a blind man.

He wept.

He hungered.

He perspired.

Some of us only see the glorious side of Jesus, the God side. The Miracles and transformations.

Others dwell too much on his humanity. He was a man.

But although he was tempted by all the things that we give into, he never gave in.
Because He was humanity perfected.

He didn’t walk a perfect life because he was God.

He walked a perfect life because He was obedient to the Father.

When you find the perfect place in your heart, of knowing Jesus, and who Jesus is, He will tell you who you are. Then you can follow Him.

All together alone

image

Here we are all together
Together yet all alone
Not knowing the pain each one suffers
Or the fears we must disown
We sit quite close to each other
Yet we’re never close enough
Looking across one to another
Over a void we never pass
And we wonder about each other
The things we never ask
We can not build a future together
Without learning about our past
We were told to love one another
So we try to love those we don’t know
To some of us this seems easier
Than living life transparent and exposed
To truly embrace our brothers
As the Lord had clearly shown
We must open our hearts to each other
To be loved and to be known

City on a hill

image

Been to a good Christian conference lately?

Before you answer that,
Let me start off with a few disclaimers;

First and foremost, I’d like to say that Christian conferences are generally a good thing. Sometimes even a God thing. By and large, I like attending them whenever I have the opportunity. Countless lives have been impacted for good and for God at Christian conferences.

But having said that, I’ve still gotta say what else I feel needs to be said about this. And I am absolutely not out to rain on anyones parade, but….

We are all still playing church.

The bigger the conference, it seems, the bigger the game we play. The rules are simple; keep everyone interested and happy. Don’t keep them up too late on the week nights, and make sure they make it home in time for the game on Sunday. 

It’s how we do ‘church’. It’s how we’ve always done church.

We spend endless hours making everything ‘perfect’, but we don’t really want to trust the Holy Spirit with it.
Give God an inch, and He’ll take a mile! (or an hour or two!)

And that is simply not safe, so the reasoning goes. He might violate our schedule or ruin our program.
So, we stick to business as usual, and we keep our schedule and our program intact.
And everyone goes home inspired, inundating Facebook with glowing testimonies.

But I just have to wonder, if it’s this good with us in control, what would it be like if we really, really gave it to God? What would happen If we let God take it as far as He wants, or as long as He wants?

How about radical healing and deliverance for ALL rather than a few? Or lives not only changed, but empowered to bring heaven down to earth?
How would it be if everyone found their calling and commission, and immediately began walking  in it?

It would be the church of the book of acts.
The spotless warrior bride awaiting her beloved.
A bright city on a hill drawing all men to the truth, radiating the glory of God.

Shallow

image

Shallow

Dreams radiant with colors
Hope dressed in seasonal desire
Each passing day, flush with fruition
And every plan carefully laid
The myriads of all the precious things
That push the real gifts far away
Yet somewhere there is a deep longing
An inescapable ache
Like looking at beautiful reflections
On the surface of a lake
All the while knowing it’s so shallow
That there’s nothing underneath
And so the glimmer of all we make
And all that we must have
Will never fill the void
Or bring the peace we crave
Seeking salvation for the season
And for the coming year
Lies in an acquaintance with deeper waters
And a life designed by giving
For more than just a day

The Numinous

Think for a minute about each of following statements;

Millions of stars that glimmer into the distant reaches of the universe.

The hazy arms of the Milky Way galaxy as they spiral across the night sky.

The clock-like procession of the seasons as our planet travels around the sun.

Sunsets in iridescent orange, purple and every other fantastic color imaginable.

Silver moonlight soothing the world in an ethereal luminosity.

And Jesus.

Yes, God did take on flesh and become a man. Although Divine, He also became the Son of man.

But God is even more infinitely faceted than the universe He created.

Yes, I know the Jesus of the gospels. Do you know that the entire universe, all creation, both visible and invisible was created through Him? John 1:3

Sadly, many believers have lost their sense of wonder.

Our western civilization prides itself on trying to explain and categorize everything, but it’s not as simple as we like to think.

All our lives, we see Jesus portrayed as He walked the Earth during His life here, and it inspires us to love His humanity. He took on our human nature, so that we could partake of His divine nature. It is the greatest single event in the history of creation. But there is more to Jesus, or indeed, the Holy Trinity, than ‘meets the eye’.

How do we comprehend infinity? What is eternity like? What is the relationship like between the Father, Son and Holy Spirit? How do we explain God???

I submit to you, that the picture at the top of this post captures just as much of His character as those other ‘portraits’ do. I’ve heard it said that you can learn a lot about an artist from his work;

Reflect, if you will, on the myriads of all the forms and species of life in all their impossible shapes and colors. Think about the unexplored depths of the oceans, still filled with countless and unclassified forms of life.  And what about the infinite universe, space and stars that go on forever and ever?

But all infinities are not equal (ask a mathematician!). Only one thing can be bigger than an infinite universe.

An infinite God.

The word numinous means the awesome, incomprehensible, and overwhelming sense of the mysterious, the unknown. It presses in on you, creating both a fear of, and longing for something far beyond yourself. Like the weight of Gods’ glory.

But we forget sometimes how heavy that’s really supposed to be. We become familiar with our own conceptions of who God is. We forget the mystery. We lose the awe, and yes, the fear.

In many ways this is the Jesus I grew up with. I gave my life to the Lord at the age of 29, and it’s been an incredible journey. But I still remember that everything from atoms to galaxies have come from the very nature of His divine imagination. We need to love Him and long for His presence. But we also need to realize that in His incomprehensible and infinite being, both mercy and judgement have their origin. He is both judge and Savior.

If we are to really love Jesus, we must long for His entire nature.

We must also embrace the numinous face of God.

Paradigm

 

 

This has been rolling around in my mind lately, and I wasn’t sure how I wanted to convey it. I’ve heard it said ‘when in doubt, make a list.’ So, here it is, I think you’ll get the idea….

The things we honestly want:

Money and material possessions. Success and accomplishment. Fulfillment and satisfaction. Ease and convenience. Entertainment and diversion. Power and control. Popularity and fame. Honor and respect. Love and acceptance. Sensual pleasures and instant gratification.

No, it’s not ALL bad, but a lot of it is kinda scary. And what’s even scarier, is the millions of people who don’t realize it’s scary!

Here’s what we actually need, and why we need it:

Justice and mercy.

If you seek justice, you will receive mercy.

Love and judgement.

When you cultivate a willingness to love, you will not judge or be judged.

Obedience and freedom.

Only in true obedience to the will of God will you ever really be free.

Humility and confidence.

Through humility you will be sure of Gods purpose to accomplish His will through you.

Truth and kindness.

Truth can be harsh, but in the Holy Spirit, which is the Spirit of all truth, kindness dwells hand in hand with the truth.

Service and accomplishment.

Your purpose is not to be served. It is through serving others that you will come to your place of destiny.

Sacrifice and fulfillment.

Only through sacrifice can your calling come to fruition.

Worship and intimacy.

Whatever you worship, you will know. True worship of God, in spirit and truth, fills your heart with His desires.

Denial and desire.

When you deny yourself the shallow things of life, you will receive the true desires of your heart, and Gods heart as well.

 

Paradigm.