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As water reflects the face, so one’s life reflects the heart. ~ Proverbs 27:19

A Year with Aslan from The Lion, the Witch, & the Wardrobe

We were created to multiply the image of God in the world, but there is a point where we have to step up.

As Aslan is showing Cair Paravel to Peter, they hear Susan’s horn blow, indicating she needs help. When they show up, Susan is hanging by a thread onto a tree branch – just out of the reach of a wolf. Several of the other creatures run to take care of business, but Aslan steps in & says ..

BACK!  Let the Prince win his spurs.

Peter was probably the least likely to win victory at that time, & he didn’t feel very brave, but he fought anyway.

Quotes

A-W Tozer ~ The Counselor

He is loving & kind & friendly, the Holy Spirit can be grieved.  Suppose you had a son who began to go bad, & you were called to the police station.  Your boy & another sit there in handcuffs.  You’d feel sorry for the other boy, but you don’t love him like you love your son.  Your grief for your own son would penetrate your heart like a sword.

Daily Walk Devotion ~ Intentional Living Center

One day everyone will know what we know, but living for Him can feel at times like we’re on trial.

That was the case for David Coppedge, a lead scientist on a project for NASA. David believed in the Genesis account of creation, & because of that .. he was fired.

Those kinds of trials can face us too, but in Acts 23 the Apostle Paul says …

I stand on trial because of my hope in the resurrection of the dead.

When we believe that, we may face trials.  We should seek God, asking for his wisdom, & know that He is able to work all things together for the good.

Narrative of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave

I prefer to be true to myself, even at the hazard of incurring the ridicule of others, rather than to be false, & incur my own hatred.

Tim Keller

It’s not the strength of your faith but the object of your faith that actually saves you. Strong faith in a weak branch is fatally inferior to weak faith in a strong branch.

Donald Miller ~ Blue Like Jazz

Jesus puts a song in your heart & helps you get over self-addiction.

David Platt ~ Radical

…Abraham can extend God’s glory – so God’s salvation would be made known to all peoples.  & the reason God let [Shadrach, Meshach, & Abednego] be thrown into a fiery furnace was so they’d come out on the other side without a drop of sweat on their brows, & this pagan king would know [their] God is worthy of praise.

Oswald Chambers ~ My Utmost for His Highest

The questions that really matter in life are remarkably few, & are all answered by these words – Come To Me.  If I will simply come to Jesus, my real life will be brought into harmony with my real desires .. & I’ll find the song of the Lord beginning in my life.

Scriptures

Romans 6:18

Isaiah 43:1

Psalm 51:10

Acts 12

Isaiah 53:3

Word for Your Life

The fear of the Lord leads to life; then one rests content, untouched by trouble. ~ Proverbs 19:23

A Year with Aslan from The Horse & His Boy

Not only is God indescribable, but often so are his ways.  It needs to be okay that WE walk with Him, while other’s don’t understand.

Lavaraleen keeps trying to convince Aravis to marry this great man who everybody says is going to one of the greatest men in the kingdom, but Aravis isn’t interested.

She wants to go to Narnia with Shasta, a simple peasant .. & when Lavaraleen tells her she’s crazy, because he’s a nobody, Aravis says ..

You forget that I’ll be nobody just like him.

Perhaps one of the most difficult things to embrace is being nobody in this world – & trusting that in HIS kingdom, we’re more than conquerors.

Quotes

A-W Tozer ~ Man: The Dwelling Place of God

When we’re free to go, where do we go? In what company do we feel most at home? Where do our thoughts turn, when the pressure of work or school has lifted, what do we think of then? The answer to these questions may tell us more about ourselves than we can comfortably accept.

Daily Walk Devotion ~ Intentional Living Center

Being called out on the water, like Peter was, can be pretty crazy – especially if the winds & the waves are blowing.  Doubt can be a lot like those storms.

Doubt can be like a tsunami, but instead of tossing cars around it tosses your faith around.  & the person who allows doubt to prevail is unstable, unable to make decisions.

How do we conquer that?  James 1 provides the answer:

If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault…But when you ask, you must believe & not doubt.

Matt Redman ~ Facedown

All worship, is a response to revelation.  In worship, explanation gives way to mystery – & mystery leads to reverence & awe.  Where no melody expresses it beautifully enough, & our lives become the songs – & we become awestruck.

Francis Chan ~ Forgotten God

As a church, we tend to tell people who are passionate to mellow out.  Deaden them to the work the Spirit is doing in them.  But in Acts 4, it was just the opposite.  Peter & John, having just been released from prison, went to the others – who prayed they would be even more bold.  Instead of thinking people are crazy, we should join them.

Donald Miller ~ Blue Like Jazz

We have 2 choices in the face of such beauty:  Terror & Awe.  This is why we attempt to chart God, to dissect Him.  We are too proud to feel awe & too fearful to feel terror.

John Eldredge ~ Wild At Heart

A soldier…needs to combine a strong desire for living with a strange carelessness about dying. He must seek his life in a spirit of furious indifference to it; he must desire life like water and yet drink death like wine.

Philip Yancey ~ What’s So Amazing About Grace?

Grace is everywhere, like lenses that go unnoticed because you are looking thru them.  Religious faith, despite its maddening tendency to replicate ungrace, lives on because we sense the beauty of a gift undeserved that comes at unexpected moments from Outside .. & we hope against hope for another place run by different rules.

Scriptures

1 Samuel 2:1-10

Revelation 19:12-13

2 Thessalonians 2:13

Romans 15:1-3

 

 

Word for Your Life

“Life will be brighter than noonday, & darkness will become like morning. ~ Job 11:17

A Year with Aslan from The Lion, the Witch, & the Wardrobe

Even when the world seems dark, there are usually signs that God is here.  As Mr. Beaver is looking out over a ledge & sees Father Christmas is coming, he says to Peter ..

Come & see!  It looks as if the White Witch’s power is already crumbling.

And as Father Christmas arrives he confirms, that the witch has …

… kept me out for a long time, but I have got in at last.  Aslan is on the move.  The Witch’s magic is weakening.

Then it goes on to say…

Lucy felt running thru her that deep shiver of gladness which you only get if you’re being solemn & still.

Maybe your world has been rocked a bit this week, or you’ve gotten lost a bit in all the noise – Be still, & know, & look for the signs.

Quotes

A-W Tozer ~ Tozer on Worship & Entertainment

I can lose the fellowship of God & the sense of His presence by just thinking wrong.  You can’t do anything with your heart, but you can control your thoughts.  Make your thoughts a sanctuary that God can inhabit, & if you keep those thoughts pure, the chimes can be heard ringing out “Holy, Holy, Holy” in the morning air.

Matthew Henry ~ A Method for Prayer

Who in the heavens, among the sons of the mighty, can be compared to the Lord ? Among the gods there is none like you, O Lord.  Neither are there any works like your works; for you are great, and do wondrous things; There isn’t a creature that has an arm like God, or can thunder with [his] voice.

Daily Walk Devotion ~ Intentional Living Center

Being able to see Him & feel Him is one of those great wonders that can help you get through those times when it seems like you’re out of the frying pan & into the fire.

Psalm 28:2 reminds us…

Hear my cry for mercy as I call to you for help.

Our help comes from the Lord, but the requirement on our part is to cry out & obey. As we do, we find that not only does our belief grow – those around us can see our tenacious trust.

Matt Redman ~ Facedown

I love the lead up to Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem, when He sends His disciples to a certain house to fetch a colt that has never been ridden.  It speaks of the otherness of the Son of God.  In the Old Testament, God gave the people instructions on how to make up a special anointing oil only to be used in worship.  It’s set apart & sacred.  & we too should make room in our worship to respond to God with offerings we give to no one else.

David Roper ~ A Heart of Wisdom

[In Genesis]…Every other creation day had a beginning & an end, but not the Sabbath.  It is timeless, eternal.  It remains.  [So we can have] the rest of salvation, because nothing more can be done.  & the rest of sanctification: because Jesus is the one who began a good work in you, & He is able to complete it.

Donald Miller ~ Blue Like Jazz

Wonder is that feeling we get when we let go of our silly answers, our mapped out rules that we want God to follow.

Lewis Smedes ~ How Can It Be All Right When Everything Is Wrong?

Grace isn’t a ticket to Fantasy Island…not a potion to charm life to our liking; Grace doesn’t cure all our cancers, transform all our kids into winners, or send us soaring into success.  Grace is rather an amazing power to look reality full in the face, see its sad & tragic edges, feel its cruel cuts, & yet feel in your deepest being that it’s good & right for you to be alive.

Scriptures

Jeremiah 29:13

Matthew 7:7-8

2 Corinthians 4:11

Mark 9:14-29

Jeremiah 2:11

 

Word for Your Life

The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life, & the one who is wise saves lives. ~ Proverbs 11:30

A Year with Aslan from The Last Battle

For now all we can do is imagine what heaven will be like, but for some – that’s all they’ll ever be able to do.
When Lucy & the others run into a group of dwarfs, it soon becomes apparent that the dwarves are blind, but they think it’s just dark out.

Lucy says..

Can’t you see?  Look up! Look around! Can’t you see the sky, the trees & the flowers?  Can’t you see me?”

& one of the dwarves answers…

How in the name of all Humbug can I see what ain’t there?

It may be one of the hardest things about living in a world that’s not our home.  No matter how hard we try, we can’t make people see what is plain to those with eyes of faith.

Quotes

A-W Tozer ~ Faith Beyond Reason

Every person is what they secretly admire.  You can train a chimp to carry a Bible, but every one of us is the sum of what we think about when we’re free to think about whatever we want to.

CS Lewis ~ Mere Christianity

If you read history you’ll find that the Christians who did most for the present world were precisely those who thought most of the next. It is since Christians have largely ceased to think of the other world that they have become so ineffective in this [one].

Daily Walk Devotion ~ Intentional Living Center

Combine his firm grip with his firm foundation, & you’re in good hands.

Matthew 7:24 says ..

Everyone who hears these words of mine & puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock.

What that does is bring stability to every area of your life .. faith, finances, family, & more.

Francis Chan ~ Joy of Discipleship

When speaking at a conference, Francis Chan shared a conversation with another pastor, who told him…

I used to be funny..but the stories you run into & the pain people go thru, not to mention the criticism, all start building up & pretty soon nothing’s funny anymore. 

& Francis Chan says what that leads to is that we get into a kind of safe zone in our ministry, where we just focus on preparing a good service whether God’s spirit shows up or not.

David Roper ~ A Heart of Wisdom

It’s good not only to tell our story, but to write it down for the next generation.  & perhaps someday, someone will read our story & make something of themselves that we couldn’t make of ourselves – for those who come behind ought always to go beyond us.

Donald Miller ~ Blue Like Jazz

God doesn’t withhold love to teach me a lesson… [but] God’s love will never change you if you don’t accept it…

Scriptures

Psalm 118

Ephesians 3:1-7

Ecclesiastes

Proverbs 4:23

Psalm 63

2 Corinthians 1:20

Word for Your Life

For with you is the fountain of life; in your light, we see light. ~ Psalm 36:9

A Year with Aslan from The Lion, the Witch, & the Wardrobe

As Aslan is being led to the stone table, the White Witch orders him to be shaved & her followers are shouting at him.  He’s all tied up, yet it says ..

Even now…one bite from his jaws would have cost 2 or 3 of them their hands, but he never moved.  & this seemed to enrage all that rabble.  Everyone was at him now.  Those who had been afraid to come near him even after he was bound began to find their courage…

The world loves to kick you when you’re down. Being strong isn’t just wiping them out – it takes more strength to do nothing.

Quotes

A-W Tozer ~ Men Who Met God

As Elijah fled to the wilderness, God sent big scavenger birds each morning & evening with Elijah’s meals. What humiliation! All his life Elijah had been self-sufficient. Now he waited on birds to deliver his daily bread….

Pastor Rick Warren ~ Daily Hope Devotion

How do you get past your hurt, or fix an unfixable problem?

  • Call out:  Admit you’re inadequate & cry out to God.
  • Fill your mind with God’s Word.
  • Accept support from God’s people.  Iron sharpens iron.
  • Hold on to God’s promises.

Daily Walk Devotion ~ Intentional Living Center

In his letter to the Philippian church, the Apostle Paul said …

For to me, to live is Christ & to die is gain.

That was written from a prison cell.  It would be easy in a time like that to be down, but when you have a timeless perspective – & Christ is your most prized possession – you can get through even the toughest of days, in His power.

Matt Redman ~ Facedown

There must be times in our worship services when we … journey from “Here I am.  Meet me” to “Here I am. Send me.”  Sometimes in our worship, the only thing left to do is to go.  Worship is the fuel for the mission’s flame.

Frederick Douglass ~ Narrative of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave

The silver trump of freedom had roused my soul to eternal wakefulness.  I saw nothing without seeing it, I heard nothing without hearing it, & felt nothing without feeling it.  It looked from every star, smiled in every calm, breathed in every wind, & moved in every storm.

Scriptures

1 John 1

Hebrews 10:10

Romans 1:20

Psalm 11:4-7