When It’s Time To Do Something Radical

“Jesus has commanded each of us to make disciples, and this is the means by which we will impact the world…by spending our lives for the good of others and the glory of God.” Excerpt from the book Radical by David Platt

Salt & LightI’ve been struggling for words lately. God has been stirring the waters of my soul and it feels like I’ve been swimming in circles.

But I just realized there’s been a central message throughout all of these seemingly disconnected ideas, thoughts and emotions I’ve been splashing around in, and it is this:

GOD IS ALL-POWERFUL!

And I guess He really wanted that truth to sink in because it’s seems just about every scripture or book I’ve read and every sermon or song I’ve heard has been saturated with it.

That includes Radical, the awesome book by David Platt, which I’ve decided should be required reading for every Christian. Seriously!

I’m thankful for the reminder that God is still on the throne and that the good news will always outweigh the bad news. Always.

Because if I didn’t believe in God’s ultimate power and authority, I might be overcome with fear or dread or anxiety when confronted with disturbing headlines.

WHAT TO DO

Okay, so it’s hard to argue the fact that the world seems to be falling apart. The question I’ve been wrestling with is, “What in the world can I do about it?”

I mean, what really can be done when everything around me, in me, feels so undone?

Well, I don’t have all the answers but I know Who does and, again, it comes back to this:

GOD IS ALL-POWERFUL! The world may be falling apart, but He isn’t.

And, if we want to change the world, we have to first allow the power of God to change us. We have to pray that the Holy Spirit will move us from apathy to action so that we can be who we are called to be.

SALT and LIGHT

In the weeks to come, for as long as God grants me the grace to do so, I intend to write a series of posts to help us grow our awareness of the issues facing our culture while also growing in a greater understanding of God’s work in the world and how we can be a part of it.

I pray that, together, we will go about sprinkling truth into unsavory places and shining light into the depths of darkness for the good of others and for the glory of God!

P. S. Here’s one of those songs that God used to get me all stirred up. 🙂 If you’ve got a few minutes to spare, it’s worth your time. Enjoy!


I’d really love your feedback! Let me know if you think these are the ramblings of a crazy woman or if God has been speaking to you in a similar way.

The Resurrection – Why We Believe

FTI ResurrectionJesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live. And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die.
Do you believe this?”

She said to Him, “Yes, Lord, I believe that You are the Christ, the Son of God, who is to come into the world.”

John 11:25-27

Jesus made a lot of bold statements and this one is pretty big. It came out of a  conversation He had with Martha after telling her He would raise her brother Lazarus (who had been dead four days) back to life.

Why did she say yes? What made her believe that this was no ordinary man but, rather, “the Son of God?”

PERSONAL EXPERIENCE

She knew Jesus. He was a close friend of the family. She had spent enough time in His presence to know He was different and His claims were for real. This is evident because  she declared her faith in Jesus before He raised Lazarus from the dead.

And it’s this kind of personal experience that leads us to faith in Christ as well. For me, the transformation I saw in myself after I made the decision to follow Christ was pretty dramatic. And, even though I have not been perfect in this journey of faith, I can testify that He has been perfectly faithful to me.

POWER OF THE EMPTY TOMB

There have been a lot of people who have gone to great lengths to refute the scriptural accounts of Jesus’ resurrection. But, in their attempts to cover up the empty tomb, they have unwittingly exposed the emptiness of their own argument.

Because the truth is, this one event is not the only proof of Jesus’ power.

If you’re going take a hammer to the gospels and drive a nail through the heart of the resurrection story, this cornerstone of all Christian belief, you cannot forget to include a rebuttal for all those other miracles Jesus did.

You may call God a liar but try telling that to all those other people He healed, especially the ones He raised to life –

Like Jairus’ daughter (Luke 8: 40-42, 49-56),
or the only son of the widow of Nain (Luke 7:11-15),
or Lazarus, brother of Mary and Martha (John 11).

Try convincing the original disciples and the thousands of converts to the early church including that killer of Christ followers turned follower of Christ himself, the apostle Paul.

You can deny historical records along with the testimonies of saints past and present and mock all you want. But it’s hard to dismiss the fact that so many people who walked with Jesus were willing to die a martyrs death.

PROOF OF THE RESURRECTION

This may be the most compelling proof of the resurrection, because I sincerely doubt that those who were eye-witnesses to these events would die for a mere man whose claims to be God had never been verified. They had to have been 100% convinced.

And we are further evidence. You and I and every single person who has ever encountered the living Christ and answered “Yes” when asked, “Do you believe this?”

And why do we believe in Jesus?

Because He is still emptying tombs.

Capable of raising to life whatever is dead or dying in us.

Resurrecting hope.

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Are you searching for a reason to believe? You might want to read this article:

Evidence For The Resurrection by Josh McDowell

Are you already a believer but going through a struggle of some kind? Maybe you need a reminder that Jesus suffered too, and He rose from the grave to let you know He has the power to lift you out of whatever depths you find yourself in today.

Let this song encourage you. Let it be your prayer.

And may this be your most blessed and joyful Easter ever!

DO YOU BELIEVE?

How To Spring Forward When You Can Barely Move

So here we are again. That time of year when we push the clock ahead one hour and symbolically spring forward into a new season.

It’s usually fun for me. It’s when I start dreaming of planting a few veggies & herbs in the back yard, and filling empty terra cotta pots with mounds of lovely, fragrant flowers and letting the cool air breeze through open windows.

But I have to be honest. When you’ve been “under the weather” as I have this week, that sounds like a lot of work and I’m all out of energy.

So I ask myself, “What can be done when the heart is willing but the flesh is weak?”

Is it really possible to spring forward when it feels like you can barely move?

“From the depths of the earth you will again bring me up”
Psalm 71:20b

Yes!

Because God is still at work in us.

Isaiah 40:29 says, “He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.”

Today, I rejoice in the promise of renewed life. For the coming spring that, even now, colors the world with hope.

And I especially thank God for a faith that, in spite of imperfect conditions, keeps growing.

Keeps nudging me up out of the ground.

Keeps moving me forward even when it doesn’t feel like I’m moving at all.

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The One Cure For What We Crave

You and I, we were born hungry. Hungry for hope.

And this gnawing ache of the soul cannot be denied.

We could spend our whole lives searching for substitutes, sampling every measly morsel that falls our way.

But why scrounge for crumbs when there’s bread at the table?

It’s like the question the angels asked the women at the tomb after the resurrection –

“Why do you look for the living among the dead?”
Luke 24:5

We can’t afford to waste time looking for hope where hope does not exist.

There is only One who can fill that hunger. Only One cure for what we crave.

Jesus, the Living Bread.

We will never be satisfied with anything less.

Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life;
he who comes to Me will not hunger,
and he who believes in Me will never thirst.
John 6:35

I’m sure you’ve heard about the movie Son of God opening this weekend. Below is a short video highlighting scenes from the movie with a song by the band For King & Country, appropriately entitled Crave. Enjoy!

The Ultimate Overcomer

Inspiring Helen Keller Quote

Today I decided to keep with the happy theme I started in last week’s post. Because, let’s face it. Life can sometimes feel a little gloomy, and we need all the happy we can get!

Am I right?

If you think that word is somehow code for a self-centered, pleasure-seeking existence, you may want to read this excellent post by Holly Gerth on Why It’s Okay for You to Be Happier.

And I just want to say, I’m not about ignoring or discounting the dark times we all go through. I believe we should, as it says in Romans 12:15, Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep.” Things don’t always turn out the way we think they should, and joy can be hard to find.

All the more reason to keep hope alive by reminding ourselves that we can overcome because we trust in The Ultimate Overcomer. Jesus.

“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33

I hope this song by Mandisa encourages you to never give up. The video showcases a few folks who have lived their tragedy and triumphs in a very public way. I hope it inspires you as it did me.

Don’t forget to come back here on Wednesday for the next Harvest Party!

Meanwhile, maybe God has helped or is helping you overcome a struggle. Is there a testimony you’d like to share in the comments?  Please do.

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