Love

Isaiah 43:1-7

Isaiah 43

1 But now, God’s Message,
the God who made you in the first place, Jacob,
the One who got you started, Israel:
“Don’t be afraid, I’ve redeemed you.
I’ve called your name. You’re mine.

2 When you’re in over your head, I’ll be there with you.
When you’re in rough waters, you will not go down.
When you’re between a rock and a hard place,
it won’t be a dead end—

3 Because I am God, your personal God,
The Holy of Israel, your Savior.
I paid a huge price for you:
all of Egypt, with rich Cush and Seba thrown in!

4 That’s how much you mean to me!
That’s how much I love you!
I’d sell off the whole world to get you back,
trade the creation just for you.

5 “So don’t be afraid: I’m with you.
I’ll round up all your scattered children,
pull them in from east and west.

6 I’ll send orders north and south:
‘Send them back.
Return my sons from distant lands,
my daughters from faraway places.

7 I want them back, every last one who bears my name,
every man, woman, and child
Whom I created for my glory,
yes, personally formed and made each one.’”

I don’t think I have ever really read this verse until my roommate, Shane, showed me it. I’ve been struggling lately with grasping the concept of a God who would die on the cross for me when he didn’t have to. I have a father that LOVES me. He loves me for who I am and wants to heal all the pain, frustration, and heartache.

I think it’s hard to believe that someone would actually care enough to chase all over the world and through all the sin to find me and love on me. I have a hard time grasping that. That I am worth him leaving the 99 and going after me. That no matter what I have done, what I am involved in, ect. He still cherishes me just as much as the person standing next to me. And the question I can’t figure out is “Why?” Why love me? A mess up and screw up and a failure? I can only just sit back in awe and just try to sort it out in my mind.

My prayer is that God will reveal Himself to me more and more this summer. That he will tear down the walls that I have built for security and allow me to trust Him and those around me.

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Live Like We are Dying

Kris Allen

If you haven’t had the chance to listen to Kris Allen’s “Live Like We Are Dying,” be ready for a #1 hit. Why? It applies to all of our lives.  Let’s take in a few of the lines:

Our hearts are hungry for a food that won’t come
We could make a feast from these crumbs

Hmmm… what could we take this to mean? Maybe we search for all sorts of things that in the end tend to give us little fullfillment. Maybe we need to take our focus off of the big and bright shiny things that attract us and look at all (more…)

Doors tend to open in my face, not close.

Long title, yes…I know. But after writing and revising a billion times my last post, I have seen my heart eased and God show up in instances I need him. With the exception of the nightmare I had last night about Nike retail…the store never closed and people kept on checking out and complaining. Believe me, if you have worked retail you would understand why I woke up with an anxiety attack. Worst nightmare EVER!
But, back on track, I know there is a God, and so do all people who follow a religion or belief. I know Jesus is my hero and that he does something that all other religions and gods can’t do. He asks me for nothing in return for just my love and trust in Him. I can’t earn and don’t deserve anything from Him. He calls me to just love. And this is where Christianity fails miserably. This is why people who are not religious or once were despise Christians so much. We forget that God takes us where we are at (read my last post). He takes us where we are at, whether we are the worst hypocrites or the perfect Biblethumper. Since he can take and love such a screw-up like me, why do Christians feel the need to limit and exclude so many people due to race, sex, belief, and sexuality. Why can’t we be like Jesus and love others unconditionally. We are not called to change people, we are called to love and let God do the change. God knows everyone the best and He knows the best timing…we don’t. We are screw-ups, right??? (more…)

Paul Peterson is the Man!

Can I just say how much I love Paul Peterson? I wish I had got to hang out with him more when he was church planter resident at Mountain Lake. Why do I love him so much? Because his is different than so many pastors I know. He is real, down-to-earth, not ignorant, and is for everyone. He unvieled the dirty side of our faith with this simple post:

http://paulpetersonlive.com/2008/11/05/our-new-president-barack-obama/

Now whether you like Obama or not. Think deeply about your actions when reading his post, and all the comments.

It’s sad.

No wonder Christians and the Church are such turn offs. We are ignorant selfish jerks that think God is Republican, Blesses America, and gets Michael W. Smith to play at his parties.

🙂 Okay…a little sarcasm there. But a little bit of truth.

Louie, I needed our weekly Starbucks chat this morning Sooo bad. I have some pain killers for the hand if you need em…(illegally though).

– Trent