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Archive for October, 2012

God’s Heart

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In my Heartlight piece this week on Ruth, I focused on God’s ways of caring for the widow, the fatherless, the foreigner, and the poor (see for example Deuteronomy 24:19-22 and Leviticus 19:9-10) and how they intersected with Ruth’s faithfulness to her mother-in-law. This intersection not only brought us the sweet story of the book of Ruth in the Bible, but also brought us the grace of God in Jesus!

But the question that we have facing us as those who claim to be followers of Jesus is whether or not we have God’s heart toward these same people. There’s a Ruth out there (and a Ralph because God loves the guys in this position just as much a he loves the gals) and it’s our job to find her! So what we are we doing to go beyond the political and social debates and moving into action to bless those God cares about…

  • the widow?
  • the fatherless?
  • the foreigner?
  • the poor?

If you want to do more than just debate, or feel sad in your heart, then let me point you to a couple of places to get involved and be a blessing. And be sure and see the Dry Bones video at the end of this post!



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October 30th, 2012 at 10:48 am

Honor above Pleasing

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The prayer in Verse of the Day today was this:

Dear God, I sin. I don’t like it that I do, but I still find myself succumbing to some of my long-standing weaknesses. Please correct me and put me on the path of righteousness. Even more than wanting to please you, I want to honor you, so please, gently and consistently rid my heart of duplicity, deceit, and spiritual weakness. Nurture me in holiness. Change me to be more like Christ the Lord. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

The phrase that has elicited comments and questions is this one: “Even more than wanting to please you, I want to honor you…”

One regular reader put it this way, “That’s hard to wrap my mind around.” Others have asked, “What’s the difference?”

To me, at least for the warped way my mind and heart sometimes works, there is a huge difference. Pleasing someone can mean bringing them delight, but it can easily slip into just trying to keep them happy with us. There is a sense of keeping them appeased so they don’t drop us as a friend or fire us as an employee or punish us as God. But trying to honor someone, at least from where I’m coming from, is rooted in deep respect and appreciation. It is about wanting to bring them honor by living consistently with their character. So yes, more than wanting to please God, I’m wanting to honor the Father by living with His character and compassion. I believe if I honor God, my Father in heaven will both be pleased and delighted!

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October 24th, 2012 at 7:46 am

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Let Our Worship Arise

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Simple words, powerful sentiment, and an afternoon reminder to “shake the nations” in this new release from Christ for the Nations — Uncreated One.

Let our worship arise,
To the Uncreated One!
Let our worship arise
From our hearts.

Let our worship arise,
To the One who reigns forever,
Let our worship arise
From our hearts.

Release October 9, 2012.

Here’s a glimpse.


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October 9th, 2012 at 11:30 am

Posted in CrossClix,Media