Love Saw Our Greater Need

Love saw our greater need…

Behind the questions of Nicodemus the teacher.

The woman caught in adultery and condemned by others.

The thief on the cross.

Saul the Pharisee and murderer.

The lost one in church… religious… but no relationship.

The Cross of Calvary is an invitation to all.
It doesn’t matter who we are
or what we have done.

The religious teacher who seeks Jesus is born again,
and receives new life of God’s Spirit.

The immoral released from guilt and shame
now walks with a pure heart.

The thief enters paradise
and lives with Jesus forever.

The Pharisee paroled from hell,
receives new life and vision.

The religious rebel redeemed from self-works
now walks with the Living God.

If we want to know God and live with Him eternally,
we need only
look to the Cross and believe.

For this is the will of My Father, that everyone who beholds the Son and believes in Him, will have eternal life, and I Myself will raise him (her) up on the last day. (John 6:40 NASB).

When we see Jesus, the foot of the cross becomes the Amazing Throne of Grace.

Will you meet me there?

 Our Father in Heaven, we bow our hearts and lives before you, thanking you for eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. May Your Kingdom come, Your will be done.  Forgive our sins. Renew our faith. Give us new songs of praise.

In the name of Jesus our Lord, amen.

 

 

Who Do You Think You Are?

Originally posted on Glenda Mills.com:

Ever been asked that question?

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Jesus bore up under such questions of scorn and ridicule as He hung upon the Cross over 2000 years ago. The scoffers railed at Him that day. “If you are God, then come down from the Cross”.  Jesus didn’t.

If He had, there would be no Salvation and no Savior. No one to show us how deeply God loved the world and those in it. No one to take our shame and our guilt upon Himself. No one to take our griefs and carry our sorrows. No one to be raised from the dead. No one to give Eternal Life.

This season of Lent, my heart finds rest when I gaze upon this Beautiful One, the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world. The Cross answers my questions about who I am and why I am here.

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When Son-Light chases darkness

And shadows run away,

Look to One who illumines;

Breaks forth new light of day.

When life and love surround you,

Like wind-blown chimes above;

Go forth with your heart singing

Welcoming songs of love.

In Him was life and the light of men (John 1:4)

I have come that they may have life and have it
to the full (John 10:10). 

He’s Still God

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He still speaks… to hearts flung open wide, brought near like a child.

Am I listening?

He still reveals…shines light through lens of searching eyes.

Am I seeing?

He’s still longing…waiting from a distance, longing to forgive and
heal effects of rejection and brokenness.

Am I receiving?

He’s still loving…waiting for me to drop arms of hurt and self-defense.

Am I surrendering?

He’s still listening…for questions yet to be asked and answered.

Am I asking?

He still speaks.

Reveals.

Longs.

Loves.

And listens.

He’s still God and I am not.

This day I come as a child drawing near through
the blood of the Lamb,

acknowledging His holiness and my unworthiness.

Grateful He gives the right to call Him Father.

Grateful He’s still Savior and Lord,
after all these years
 and all these *tears,
bottled up, measured, written down in His book.

Grateful He still reveals light and love when I lift
the eyes of my heart,
repent and return.

For God so *loved…He gave…His Son…
*the exact representation
 of all the Father is and does.

He never left us…we left Him.

He didn’t abandon us…we abandoned Him.

He didn’t lie…the tempter did…and does.

He still breathes new life, peace and rest, to worn and weary pilgrims.

He still promises weeping may endure for the night, but joy comes in the morning.

He still speaks truth!

What truth do you need to hear to be set free?

Jesus said: “And you will know the truth, and the truth
will set you free” (John 8:32 NLT).

Lent Reflections:
*Psalm 56:8, *John 3:16, *Hebrews 1

Did We See Jesus There?

Glenda & Dave arrive at Tel Aviv airport

Dave and I at Tel Aviv Airport

This was a trip of a life-time for Dave and I. A dream finally fulfilled. A great way to celebrate our 50th Wedding Anniversary!

We saw and experienced so much in the ten day trip to Israel. I am still trying to process it all, but here are a few pictures we took and some thoughts I’ve had thus far. I hope to share more in the days to come.

We  spent the first part of our trip in Tiberias, touring many biblical sights while there.

Tiberious

Tiberious

View from hotel room in Tiberious overlooking Sea of Galilee

View from hotel room overlooking Sea of Galilee

Early morning boat ride over Sea of Galilee

Early morning boat ride on Sea of Galilee

Typical tourist boat

Typical tourist boat

Dave and Glenda on boat sailing the Sea of Galilee

Dave and I Sailing on Sea of Galilee

Sunset over the Sea of Galilee

I didn’t see Jesus there, as I looked out over the Sea of Galilee
But in my heart and mind I saw Him…
Choosing his disciples one by one
Giving them the call and challenge,
“Follow me and I will make you fishers of men.”

I didn’t see Jesus there, but I sailed on the Sea of Galilee
I’d read about for so many years.
I thought about the night Jesus came walking on water
and His terrified disciples thinking He was a ghost.
His immediate words of comfort to those on the wind tossed boat;
“Take heart; it is me. Do not be afraid.” 

The questioning words of Peter;
“Lord if it’s you, command me to come”.

and Jesus’ quick response; 
“Come to Me”.

And I can just imagine the impetuous lover of Jesus,
Getting out of the boat of safety, walking on water,
until he took his eyes off Jesus…
and fear replaced faith and shaky feet sank,
And Peter’s humbled desperate cry,
“Lord save me”!

And our Lord taking Peter’s hand with a question
as they got back on the boat;
“You of little faith, why did you doubt?”

And the winds ceased and the waves became calm
and the disciples declaration;
“Truly you are the Son of God.” 

And my heart, in awe and wonder wept
for the times fear threatened and unbelief spoke…
and like Peter I cried out,
“Lord save me”.

No, I didn’t see Jesus there
But I felt His presence
and marveled at the people whose pilgrimage
had brought them to this place.
and I knelt before the One who still offers
peace and rest to those who are weary.

Click below and hear the beautiful song:
I heard the voice of Jesus say”, written by Horatius Bonar,
sung by The Gaither Vocal Band.