Friday, April 23, 2010

One Thing: Count and Call

So teach us to number our days
   that we may get a heart of wisdom.

Let the favor of the Lord our God be upon us,
   and establish the work of our hands upon us;
   yes, establish the work of our hands!

Psalm 90: 12, 17

Make every day count.  Be inspired to waste less time and let the Lord establish the work of your hands!

"Because he holds fast to me in love, I will deliver him;
   I will protect him, because he knows my name.
When he calls to me, I will answer him;
   I will be with him in trouble;
   I will rescue him and honor him.
With long life I will satisfy him
   and show him my salvation."

Psalm 91:14-16

What a promise!  But what is my part?

1. Hold fast to the Lord in love.
2. Know His name -- who He is.
3. Call on Him

Thursday, April 22, 2010

One Thing: Choose

Choose this day whom you will serve [...]
But as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.

Joshua 24:15

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

One Thing: Cling

"Only be very careful to observe the commandment and the law that Moses the servant of the LORD commanded you, to love the LORD your God, and to walk in all his ways and to keep his commandments and to cling to him and to serve him with all your heart and with all your soul." Joshua 22:5

Don't let go of your God given convictions.  Hold fast to your relationship with Him by giving ALL of your heart and soul. 

I will sing of the steadfast love of the LORD, forever;
with my mouth I will make known your faithfulness to all generations.
Psalm 89:1

Sunday, April 04, 2010

25th Anniversary Quilt

This is a quilt I made for my parents' 25th wedding anniversary. My third quilt was so much fun to make! I just finished it about a week ago.  My mom chose the design and my dad chose the fabric, so it was a group project. I kept finding ways to make it more detailed and complex -- and meaningful -- the longer I worked on it, so it did take a while to finish. The quilt has phrases from 1 Corinthians 13 embroidered on it.  And, since I am a genealogist, I couldn't help but put biographical information on it as well! I hope it will be a blessing to my parents in the years ahead. I give glory to God for His touch of love and grace in their relationship. Thank you, Mom and Dad!

Click below to see the video my brother David and I put together!

Passion Week with Pilgrim's Progress: The Resurrection -- All's Become New

Christian receives new life through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

 Now, as he stood looking and weeping, behold three Shining Ones came to him and saluted him with "Peace be unto thee."  So the first said to him, "Thy sins be forgiven thee" [Mark 2:5]; the second stripped him of his rags, and clothed him with a change of raiment [Zech. 3:4]; the third also set a mark on his forehead, and gave him a roll with a seal upon it, which he bade him look on as he ran, and that he should give it in at the Celestial Gate. [Eph. 1:13] So they went on their way.

"Who's this? The pilgrim.  How! 'tis very true, Old things are past away, all's become new.  Strange! he's another man, upon my word, They be fine feathers which make a fine bird.

Then Christian gave three leaps for joy, and went on singing --

"Thus far I did come laden with my sin;
Nor could aught ease the grief that I was in
Till I came hither: What a place is this!
Must here be the beginning of my bliss?
Must here the burden fall from off my back?
Must here the strings that bound it to me crack?
Blest cross! blest sepulchre! blest rather be
The Man that there was put to shame for me!"
 ~The Pilgrim's Progress from This World to That Which Is to Come 
by John Bunyan
Jesus said...
Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you had known me, you would have known my Father also. From now on you do know him and have seen him.”
~John 14:6-7 

From the Passion Week...
But Mary stood weeping outside the tomb, and as she wept she stooped to look into the tomb. And she saw two angels in white, sitting where the body of Jesus had lain, one at the head and one at the feet. They said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping?” She said to them, “They have taken away my Lord, and I do not know where they have laid him.” Having said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing, but she did not know that it was Jesus. Jesus said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you seeking?” Supposing him to be the gardener, she said to him, “Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have laid him, and I will take him away.” Jesus said to her, “Mary.” She turned and said to him in Aramaic, “Rabboni!” (which means Teacher). Jesus said to her, “Do not cling to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father; but go to my brothers and say to them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’” Mary Magdalene went and announced to the disciples, “I have seen the Lord”—and that he had said these things to he
~John 20:11-18

Happy Resurrection Day!
He is Risen! 

Friday, April 02, 2010

Passion Week with Pilgrim's Progress: The Cross

Christian has entered through the wicket-gate.  After being shown the narrow way that "is a straight as a rule can make it" and receiving counsel from the Interpreter, Christian struggles onward with all his might. 

Now I saw in my dream, that the highway up which Christian was to go, was fenced on either side with a wall, and that wall was called Salvation. [Isa. 26:1]  Up this way, therefor did burdened Christian run, but not without great difficulty, because of the load on his back.

He ran thus till he came at a place somewhat ascending, and upon that place stood a cross, and a little below, in the bottom, a sepulchre.  So I saw in my dream, and just as Christian came up with the cross, his burden loosed from his shoulders, and fell from off his back, and began to tumble, and so continued to do, till it came to the mouth of the sepulchre, where it fell in, and I saw it no more.

Then was Christian glad and lightsome, and said, with a merry heart, "He hath given me rest by his sorrow, and life by his death."
~The Pilgrim's Progress from This World to That Which Is to Come 
by John Bunyan

Jesus said...
And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in him may have eternal life ~John 3:14-15

From the Passion Week...
Two others, who were criminals, were led away to be put to death with him. And when they came to the place that is called The Skull, there they crucified him, and the criminals, one on his right and one on his left. And Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.” [...] Then Jesus, calling out with a loud voice, said, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit!” And having said this he breathed his last. Now when the centurion saw what had taken place, he praised God, saying, “Certainly this man was innocent!” 
~Luke 23:32-34,46-47

Passion Week with Pilgrim's Progress: Hopeful's Desperate Need For a Savior

Christian and Hopeful are journeying to the Celestial City.  On the way, Christian asks Hopeful about how he came to think about the state of his soul. Hopeful accounts being convicted of sin after watching Faithful endure his persecution.  At first, he tried to reform his own character by his own strength but soon found this insufficient.  He tells Christian:

Hopeful: Another thing that hath troubled me, even since my late amendments, is, that if I look narrowly into the best of what I do now, I still see sin, new sin, mixing itself with the best of that I do; so that now I am forced to conclude, that notwithstanding my former fond conceits of myself and duties, I have committed sin enough in one duty to send me to hell, though my former life had been faultless

Christian: And what did you do then?

Hopeful: Do!  I could not tell what to do, until I brake my mind to Faithful, for he and I were well aquianted.  And he told me, that unless I could obtain the righteousness of a man that never had sinned, neither mine own, nor all the righteousness of the world could save me.

Christian:  And did you think he spake true?

Hopeful: Had he told me so when I was pleased and satisfied with mine own amendment, I had called him fool for his pains; but now, since I see mine own infirmity, and the sin that cleaves to my best performance, I have been forced to be of his opinion.

Christian and Hopeful Christian: But did you think, when at first he suggested it to you, that there was such a man to be found, of whom it might justly be said that he never committed sin?

Hopeful: I must confess the words at first sounded strangely, but after a little more talk and company with him, I had full conviction about it.

Christian: And did you ask what man this was, and how you must be justified by him?

Hopeful: Yes, and he told me it was the Lord Jesus, that dwelleth on the right hand of the Most High.  And thus, said he, you must be justified by him, even by trusting to what he hath done by himself, in the days of his flesh, and suffered when he did hang on the tree.  I asked him further, how that man's righteousness could be that efficacy to justify another before God?  And he told me he was the mighty God, and did what he did, and died the death also, not for himself, but for me; to whom his doing, and the worthiness of them, should be imputed, if I believed on Him. [Heb.10, Rom. 6, Col. 1, 1 Pet. 1]  
~The Pilgrim's Progress from This World to That Which Is to Come 
by John Bunyan

Jesus said...
Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst. But I said to you that you have seen me and yet do not believe. All that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never cast out. For I have come down from heaven, not to do my own will but the will of him who sent me. And this is the will of him who sent me, that I should lose nothing of all that he has given me, but raise it up on the last day. For this is the will of my Father, that everyone who looks on the Son and believes in him should have eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day.”
~John 6:35-40

From the Passion Week...
Then Jesus went with them to a place called Gethsemane, and he said to his disciples, “Sit here, while I go over there and pray.” And taking with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, he began to be sorrowful and troubled. Then he said to them, “My soul is very sorrowful, even to death; remain here, and watch with me.” And going a little farther he fell on his face and prayed, saying, “My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as you will.” And he came to the disciples and found them sleeping. And he said to Peter, “So, could you not watch with me one hour? Watch and pray that you may not enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.” Again, for the second time, he went away and prayed, “My Father, if this cannot pass unless I drink it, your will be done.” And again he came and found them sleeping, for their eyes were heavy. So, leaving them again, he went away and prayed for the third time, saying the same words again. Then he came to the disciples and said to them, “Sleep and take your rest later on.  See, the hour is at hand, and the Son of Man is betrayed into the hands of sinners. Rise, let us be going; see, my betrayer is at hand.”
~Mark 14:36-46