"In His majesty [I write] victoriously for the cause of truth...for the Lord God has given me the tongue of those who are taught, that I may know how to sustain with a word him who is weary." ~ Isaiah 50:4 (ESV)
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In recent days, I've felt fairly overwhelmed with anxiety and stress. In a nutshell, I just wanna be married already (#sixweeksleft) and know where Lyssah and I will be living post-honeymoon. I'm sure many of us have been there before in one form or another.
But during this time, I've also been thinking about the Coke Zero 'And' commercials and how spiritual twists can be derived from secular advertising. And the more I've connected effective marketing strategy to personal application, the more I've been able to gather important revelations from them.
For instance, last week, I'm talking to God in my quiet time...doin' the whole Philippians 4:6-7 and James 4:2 thing...and then, out of nowhere, the following dialogue breaks out...
"God, I'm worried about this not working out."
God says, "And!?!"
Then I say, "I'm also nervous about not experiencing immediate breakthrough in this area of my life."
God, again, says, "And!?!"
"But God, this other dream of mine...it could have happened sooner...oh, and on a side note, if only I had been more mature in my early 20's...people would like me better".
God, in tender yet firm grace, ushers out one last "AND!?!"
And finally, I cave into the magnificence of proclaiming Proverbs 19:21-23 (ESV):
"Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the Lord that will stand. The fear of the Lord leads to life, and whoever has it rests satisfied; he will not be visited by harm."
Way to play the trump card, God. Even when life is 33 degrees with a cold rain, your truth is refreshing like a spring breeze.
Well, folks. We’re one week past the autumnal equinox…and I think we all know what that means…
…break out the fall décor, have
yourself a very merry pumpkin-space
latte, and check Cameron’s blog for yet another preliminary winter weather
Now, I’m not gonna lie: my forecastlast
year busted badly due, in part, to a screaming Pacific jet and lingering 2015-16
Super El Niño side effects. If
you recall, outside of a few days in January and March, we absolutely
blowtorched from December 23 through the end of March with top 5 positive temp
anomalies for the stretch.
Just look at how nasty these CF6's look...
While it’s hard to imagine a worse winter this season, given the nature of
winters since 2011, it’s only fair to wonder what to expect in the months
ahead, specifically between Thanksgiving and the start of spring 2018.
Thus, as I always do this wonderful time of year, I present you my preliminary
teleconnection grades for the winter ahead...
Imagine being Pontius Pilate torn between conviction and affliction, the weight of the world in human flesh standing before you (Matthew 27:23).
No question, it's a compelling scene: a harsh Roman official desperate to spare a man he deemed innocent yet didn't believe in versus a riotous mob who screamed guilty yet had every reason to. Granted, most Jews didn't understand Jesus' Messianic identity and viewed blasphemy as a supreme offense.
Still, it's fair to wonder what Pilate must have been thinking, especially as he prepared to wash his hands (v. 24) (Yes, I know we tend to start the Cross narrative in the wake of what follows; however, after re-reading Matthew 27, I submit there's significance in weighing this particular moment).
For starters, the washing of Pilate's hands not only symbolized his personal verdict, but embodied what Jesus came to do in the first place - to cleanse us from sin (1 John 1:7) and to set free the captives (Luke 4:18). Thus, the …
I’m just goin’ cut to the chase… I don’t give a flying fart1 about “Fifty Shades of Grey”. There I said it. Hope I didn’t offend2… In all seriousness… there’s a lot of talk goin’ on about the
erotic romance novel and drama porn film. But I suppose this isn’t necessarily a bad thing. After all,
talking about purity and pornography should be encouraged in a time where sexual
compromise is at an all-time high. Granted, it’s heartbreaking to come back to these issues
only to find more people wearing blinders3 covering their
sensitivity to graphic eroticism and relational abuse. But I mean…think about it. Just because culture glorifies the
fetish doesn’t mean my opinion belief in awe-fully4, amazing
sex, as God intended, is invalid. Sure, I may be “old school” in the eyes of some, but at the
end of the day, for something to be good, it also has to be right, just, pure, and
honorable (Philippians 4:8). And I’m sorry, but I’m not going to naively waste my breath
claiming “Fifty Shades of Grey” is …