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Let us rejoice & be glad & give Him glory! For the wedding of the Lamb has come, & his bride has made herself ready. ~ Revelation 19:7

A Year with Aslan from The Voyage of the Dawn Treader

Eustace has come up missing .. & as Prince Caspian is trying to organize a rescue party, one of the crew mumbles “good riddance”, but is quickly rebuked by Reepicheep.

You never spoke a word that became you less.  The creature is no friend of mine but he’s of the Queen’s blood, & while he’s one of our fellowship it concerns our honor to find him & avenge him if he’s dead.

We would do well to remember that kind of honor in our interactions with friends…& enemies…face to face, or on Facebook.

Daily Walk Devotion ~ Intentional Living Center

When we talk to God, even though He’s called us friend, we must not forget who He is.

There was a boy who asked a businessman for $10,000.  The businessman said “Son, do you have any idea who you’re talking to?”  To which the boy replied – “Yeah.  I’m talking to the man who’s rich enough to pay for the operation that will save my mom’s life.”

The same is true for us.  When we’re praying we’re talking to the Creator, Sustainer, Healer, Provider, & Author of our faith – & his name is to be honored.

Quotes

A.W. Tozer ~ That Incredible Christian

Before the judgment seat of Christ my service will be judged not by how much I’ve done but by how much I could’ve done. In God’s sight my giving is measured not by how much I have given but by how much I could have given, & how much I had left after I made my gift.  In the work of the church the amount one man must do to accomplish a given task is determined by how much or how little the rest of the company is willing to do. It is a rare church whose members all put their shoulder to the wheel.

Matt Redman ~ Devotion on Mercy

It’s the difference between life & death, between inescapable chains & eternal freedom.  It’s where love & justice kiss, & holiness & mercy meet.

Phillip Yancey ~ What’s So Amazing About Grace

The original followers of Jesus watched their beloved Jerusalem burn to the ground, & I’m sure they looked back thru tears as they moved on to Rome & Spain & Ethiopia.

CS Lewis ~ The Weight of Glory

…we are on the outside of the world, the wrong side of the door. We discern the freshness & purity of morning, but they don’t make us fresh & pure. We can’t mingle with the splendors we see. But all the leaves of the New Testament are rustling with the rumor that it will not always be so. Some day, God willing, we shall get in.

Audrey Hepburn

The beauty of a woman isn’t in a facial mode, but is reflected in her soul.

Donald Miller ~ Blue Like Jazz

All the wonder of God happens above our formula.  The more I climb outside my pat answers, the more invigorating the view – & the more my heart enters into worship.

Scriptures

1 Peter 3:3-4

Psalm 46:1-6

Exodus 19:18-19

2 Corinthians 3:13-16

Isaiah 28:22

Isaiah 58:6

1 John 4:18

Deuteronomy 5:29

Word for Your Life

“…but in your hearts revere Christ as Lord.  Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. ~ 1 Peter 3:15

A Year with Aslan from The Voyage of the Dawn Treader

As the ship is sailing along at a pretty good clip, the crew notices there’s no wind driving them forward…

Edmund mentions to Caspian they might be about to fall off the edge of the world, & while that freaks a lot of them out – not Reepicheep.  & when Drianian asks what Reep thinks they’ll find at the bottom, he says …

Aslan’s country perhaps.  Or perhaps there isn’t any bottom.  Perhaps it goes down for ever & ever.  But whatever it is, won’t it be worth anything to just have looked for one moment beyond the edge of the world.

The lesson for us is to not wring our hands when times are hard, but rather rend our hearts – & enjoy the ride.

Daily Walk Devotion ~ Intentional Living Center

When we place our life in his hands, it has a transforming impact on us – & sometimes in ways you might not even expect.

Colossians 3:14 say ..

Put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.

We read that & automatically think of the church, but our awareness of his love can bring such a oneness of purpose, it can even impact your workout.  That new resolve can mean eating better, exercising smarter, & at the same time giving you joy, security & strength inside & out.

Today’s One Thing is instead of picking up new shoes or shorts, trying putting on love for your next workout.

Quotes

A.W. Tozer ~ God Tells the Man Who Cares

To escape the snare of [being artificial] it is necessary that a man enjoy satisfying personal experience with God.  He must be totally committed to Christ, & delivered from the fear of man. He must make God responsible for the consequences .. then people will know they’re hearing a voice instead of a mere echo.

Matt Redman ~ Facedown

Creation is alive with musicality.  & every sound, note, & strain is a response to the divine.

Oswald Chambers ~ Love of God

 

The more the marble wears, the better the image grows. God enlarges us on the inside .. & every bit of nervous energy spent by us in God’s work means [more] spiritual insight.  If you’re right with God, he says, the very thing that is an affliction to you is working out an eternal weight of glory.

Phillip Yancey ~ What’s So Amazing About Grace?

You don’t need a shovelful of salt to preserve a slab of ham; a dusting will suffice.

David Platt ~ Radical

We say things like “The safest place to be is in the center of God’s will.”  We think “If it’s dangerous, God must not be in it.  If it’s risky or unsafe, it must not be God’s will.” But what if the center of God’s will is unsafe?  Jesus told his disciples “I’m sending you out like sheep among wolves” .. in other words “I’m sending you to dangerous places, where you’ll find yourself in the middle of evil, vicious people.  This is what it means to be by disciple.

Brennan Manning ~ The Ragamuffin Gospel

In conversation, the disciple who is truly poor in spirit always leaves the other person feeling “My life has been enriched by talking with you.” He’s not all exhaust & no intake.  He listens well…Her spiritual poverty enables her to enter the world of the other, even when she can’t identify with that world.

Francis Chan ~ Joy of Being A DiscipleMaker

God put his Holy Spirit inside of us. We’re temples of the living God, & we can’t walk around with this lack of joy.  He wants us blown away by his truth .. to see someone dead in their sins come alive when God’s Spirit enters.

David Roper ~ A Heart of Wisdom

Death meets us everywhere & any night could be the World’s Last Night, at least for me. That’s why it’s so important to invest our time wisely, & the best way to start, he says, is pray. Be clear minded & self-controlled so that you can pray.  It’s not so much that prayer moves God, but that it moves me.  Without it, I will accomplish exactly nothing.

Oscar Hammerstein (in a letter to Mary Martin)

A bell’s not a bell till you ring it.  A song’s not a song till you sing it.  Love in your heart isn’t put there to stay.  Love isn’t love till you give it away.

Scriptures

Mark 9:14-29

Isaiah 58

Isaiah 26:3

John 10:22-42

Psalm 50:16-21

Word for Your Life

Unless the Lord builds the house, the builders labor in vain. ~ Psalm 127:1

A Year with Aslan from The Voyage of the Dawn Treader

Have you ever met someone & hit it off right away?

As Lucy is on the ship, she’s watching a school of fish swim around, when suddenly she sees a little Sea Girl, about her age, right in the middle of them. Just when she thought she’d lose her, the girl looked up .. & it says ..

Lucy will never forget her face.  It didn’t look frightened or angry.  In that one moment they had somehow become friends.  & while it doesn’t seem there’s much chance of their meeting again, if they do – they’ll rush together with their hands held out.

What a beautiful picture of what heaven must be like.  You & others you’ve met, if only thru prayer, with eternity to get to know each other.

Daily Walk Devotion ~ Intentional Living Center

Happy Labor Day Weekend!  1 Corinthians 4:12 says:

We work hard with our own hands.  When we’re cursed, we bless.

Isn’t that perfect to celebrate Labor Day? If we want to live our faith out before others, we’re going to run into people that will criticize & make fun of us.  How we respond may or may not have an impact on them – but it wil definitely have a profound impact on us. 

Continue to work with diligence, & when you’re treated badly – do something good for them.

Quotes

Donald Miller ~ Blue Like Jazz

When we worship God, we worship a Being our life experience does not give us the tools to understand.  If we could, God would not inspire awe.

Anon

What the caterpillar calls the end, God calls a butterfly.

Oswald Chambers ~ My Utmost for His Highest

Our Lord must be repeatedly astounded at how un-simple we are. It is our own opinions that make us stupid. The mystery of God is not in what is going to be, it is now; we look for it in some cataclysmic event. When Philip said “Show us the Father” he expected the revelation of a tremendous mystery, not the One Whom he knew.  God never guides presently, but always now.

Phillip Yancey ~ What’s So Amazing About Grace?

Christians may choose to enter an arena of power, but when we do we dare not leave love behind.  The largest & deepest reference of the Gospel is not to the world or its social problems, but to Eternity & its social obligations.

Pastor Ralph Hefner: Following surgery that left him blind

You never realize God is all you need until you wake up one morning & he’s all you have.

Scriptures

Hebrews 12:26-28

James 2:14

Luke 1:51

Matthew 5:16

Matthew 9:13

Psalm 113:5-6

Daniel 2:27

Psalm 30:11

Colossians 2

Luke 8:26-38

Word for Your Life

Instruct the wise & they will be wiser still; teach the righteous & they will add to their learning. ~ Proverbs 9:9

A Year with Aslan from The Silver Chair

If we are taking a step to trust in God, it means we have to stop trusting in our own ways.

As Jill & Eustace find themselves in Underland, Jill can smell there’s a stable there & Eustace sees this magnificent rocket take off.  & as they discuss what they’re seeing, the prince says …

Friends, when once a man is launched on such an adventure as this, he must bid farewell to hopes & fears – otherwise death or deliverance will both come too late to save his honor & his reason.

In other words, if we say we’re trusting in Him, but we continually look to our own ways to get things done – we’ll lose our honor, & miss out on the adventure.

Daily Walk Devotion ~ Intentional Living Center

The sovereignty of God means he won’t leave us incomplete, the that’s often a long term project.

The National Cathedral is one of the most beautiful structures in Washington, D.C. – but for the longest time it was a laughing stock. Work began on it in 1907, but it was never completely finished until 1990. 83 years – thanks to all the government red tape.

We can often be that red tape in the Lord’s work in us, constantly questioning the vision & putting off the work.  So today’s One Thing for you & me is to think about a project we’ve left unfinished – & get going on it again.

 

Quotes

AW Tozer ~ The Counselor

We’re light as butterflies.  We flit around in the sunshine & imagine we’re eagles flapping our broad wings.  When Jesus said “Go into all the world & preach the gospel”, Peter probably leapt to his feet & scooped up his hat on the way out. But the Lord said “stay until you’ve been clothed with power from on high.”  He goes on to say sometimes I think the Church would be better off if we would call a moratorium on activity for about 6 weeks & just wait on God to see what He is waiting to do for us.

Brennan Manning ~ The Ragamuffin Gospel

What Jesus did was sufficient.  To the extent that we are self-made saints like the Pharisees or neutral like Pilate, we let prostitutes & tax collectors go first into the kingdom while we are in the background having our alleged virtue burnt out of us. They enter before us because they know they can’t save themselves, & so they risked everything on Jesus.

Narrative of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave

When I went there, she was a pious, warm, & tender-hearted woman.  There was no sorrow or suffering for which she had not a tear.  Slavery soon proved its ability to divest her of these heavenly qualities.  The tender heart became stone, & the lamb-like disposition gave way to one of tiger-like fierceness.

John Eldredge ~ Waking the Dead

Somehow we have overlooked the fact this treasure called the heart can also be broken, has been broken, & now lies in pieces–much of what troubles us comes out of the broken places in our hearts crying out for relief. Jesus speaks as if we are all brokenhearted. We would do well to trust His perspective on this.

Matthew Henry ~ Commentary on Zechariah 12:3

Those that are for advancing the kingdom of sin in the world look upon Jerusalem, & even the church of God, as the great obstacle to their designs..& they must have it out of the way; but they will find it heavier than they think.  They cannot remove it, because God will have a church in the world.

Matt Redman ~ Facedown

All worship is a response to a revelation – it’s only as we breathe in more of the wonders of God that we can breathe out a fuller response to Him.  In worship, explanation gives way to mystery.  & mystery leads us to reverence & awe.

Phillip Yancey ~ What’s So Amazing About Grace?

The ladder of power reaches up, the ladder of grace reaches down.

C.S. Lewis ~ Mere Christianity

If I find in myself desires which nothing in this world can satisfy, the only logical explanation is that I was made for another world.

Scriptures

Titus 3:5

Zechariah 12:3

Proverbs 17:27

Isaiah 40:31

Mark 14:33-35

Word for Your Life

Let the wise listen & add to their learning, & let the discerning get guidance. ~ Proverbs 1:5

A Year with Aslan from The Voyage of the Dawn Treader

Perhaps the most amazing thing about grace is that it doesn’t look like we think it should.

Lucy, Eustace & the others have landed on his island & found these men all in a deep trance around a table – with one of them grasping this knife. & a spirit comes & says to them “Don’t you know about it?”  Lucy answers ..

I think I’ve seen something like it before.  It was a knife like it that the White Witch used when she killed Aslan. The girl says “It was the same. & it was brought here to be kept in honor while the world lasts.”

That’s what the Cross is for us. The Bible says when Jesus laid down his life, he disarmed the forces of evil.  He made a public spectacle of them, turning an instrument of torture & death into the perfect symbol of love, sacrifice & triumph.

Daily Walk Devotion ~ Intentional Living Center

Being overwhelmed – it’s an idea we can all relate to.  If that’s you today, take encouragement.

Whether it’s a relationship, a financial struggle, or even a physical ailment, there’s no getting around the truth that life is tough.  But it’s also true that God has blessed your home.  One of the biggest ways he’s done that is by giving you each other.  Nobody’s perfect, but a family unit is perfectly designed to help you weather your storms.

Quotes

AW Tozer ~ The Set of the Sail

Faith grows with use.  If we would have great faith we must begin to use the little faith we already have.  God waits to be invited to display His power, & the world situation is such that nothing less than God can straighten it out.  So let’s not fail the world & disappoint God by failing to pray.

Helen Keller

Faith is the strength by which a shattered world shall emerge into the light.

Hannah Smith ~ The Christian’s Secret of A Happy Life

Holding onto what was isn’t healthy for what is.

Ron Ragotzy ~ Raising Abel

Understanding faith is like solving a Sudoku puzzle.  At first it’s hard to see how everything will work out, but as you start filling in numbers, more answers are revealed.  & there’s often more than one route to the answer.  It wouldn’t be a puzzle if you could see the whole picture at the beginning.

Oswald Chambers ~ My Utmost for His Highest

“Jesus did not commit Himself to them, for He knew what was in man.” ~ John 2:24-25

& yet, he was never suspicious, never bitter, never lost hope for anyone – because his trust was in God first.  He absolutely trusted in what God’s grace could do for others.

David Roper ~ A Heart of Wisdom

If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me & drink.  & he goes on to say that in those moments when it seems like love has dried up, or the demands on your time & energy drain you, or you just get weary of the struggle – all of this comes from God, the never-ending source of righteousness, joy, & peace.  & where God’s river flows, there is life.  But there is one requirement: We must thirst.

Matt Redman ~ Facedown

We come to God thru Jesus, in Jesus, & with Jesus.  God receives with delight the gifts that belonged to him in the first place, but he also pays the price for their delivery.  Time after time we find ourselves amazed, yet let’s not be fooled into thinking this story is about us.  It never has been.

Phillip Yancey ~ What’s So Amazing About Grace?

In the mid-70s, Polish & Czech dissidents decided to change the way they fought communism.  They started acting in the way they thought society should act.  If you want freedom of speech, speak freely.  If you love the truth, tell the truth.  The authorities didn’t know how to respond.

Charles Dickens

The whole difference between construction & creation is that a thing constructed can only be loved after it’s constructed; but a thing created is loved before it exists.

Scriptures

John 21

Psalm 80:7

Matthew 22:1-14

Zephaniah 3:17

Psalm 18:16