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How Deep the Father’s Love For Us

In the near passing of Mr. Bear, I realized just how much I love my kids.  And that silly old bear reminded me just how much God loves me.  Click here to read more about that.  So, that has been on my mind a lot lately.  I am overwhelmed by how much God loves me.

God's loveWhile making the drive from Scotch Plains to Nutley, I love to fire up my itunes radio and listen to the Kings Kaleidescope station.  And the song “How deep the Father’s Love For Us” came on.  It reminded me all over again of what I was already thinking about.  So, I couldn’t help share this great song with you.  This was written by a song writer, Stuart Townend who was setting these deep truths into song.  Soak in the depth of these words,

How deep the Father’s love for us,
How vast beyond all measure
That He should give His only Son
To make a wretch His treasure

That is incredible… God’s love is so big, so strong, so unending,and such an overwhelming force that He would give up His only son, Jesus, so that He could have me.  He did this even in the midst of my brokenness, my sin stained life.  In the mess of all my ugliness God took what was beautiful, and perfect, and dashed it on the cross in order to put me back together and bring me to Himself.  That is a ridiculous amount of love!  To much to begin to understand.

He goes on to write verse 3,

I will not boast in anything
No gifts, no power, no wisdom
But I will boast in Jesus Christ
His death and resurrection

Why should I gain from His reward?
I cannot give an answer
But this I know with all my heart
His wounds have paid my ransom

Every good in me, has been found in every horrible thing that was done to Him.  What can I boast in that doesn’t originate in all that God has done for me through Jesus on the cross?  Is it my marriage?  My kids? My job?  My family?  My home?  What is it?  All of those things point back to what Jesus did on the cross.  Because without Jesus, I would be an uglier, messier, sinner than I already am.  That’s a scary thought!  Townend’s words ring true in my life, “But this I know with all my heart, His wounds have paid my ransom.”  And I am so grateful…

~Peter

Here’s one of my favorite versions of this song… And remember just how deeply God loves you.

Exciting News- A New Ebook…

So… What have I been up to?  What have I been doing?  And what’s going on these days?  Well, it has been an incredible summer.  One that has been filled with family memories…  Beach days, adventures, back yard baseball, and building with legos.  And most recently we have seen a return of the rainbow loom… In a spirit of honesty, I must share with you; I’m not too thrilled about that.  Those rubber bands are everywhere!

I have enjoyed some amazing spearfishing adventures.  It is one of my favorite things to do.  The water has been warm and clear this summer.  We have been eating our fair share of fresh fish and mussels.  I always walk away from a morning of spearing feeling rejuvenated and invigorated.

This summer has been a great summer over at our Church.  Tiffany and I have really enjoyed diving in and becoming a part of our church community.  We continue to be amazed at all that God is doing in our midst.  There are many exciting things happening in Nutley!

I have some news I want to share with you!

I’m really excited to announce that for the past couple of months I have been spending my evenings writing and pulling together a new e-book that I will be launching soon.  I am excited to announce that I have written an ebook called “Empowered”.  I have been blogging less, because I wanted to take a look at what it means to engage in the mission of God in this world.  I believe that God has put every single The Mission of God, Missionalone of us in unique situations with unique opportunities.  He has invited us to join Him in His mission here on earth.  He has cleverly disguised some of you as doctors, police men, nurses, or friendly neighbors.  He has you exactly where you are right now for a reason–to impact the world around you.   And He has empowered you to do it!

Jesus shares about this mission in Matthew 28:16-20.  Some of the last words that Jesus shares with His disciples are that they are to make disciples of all nations.  They are to baptize them in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.  They are to also teach them to obey all that He has commanded.  It is a simple, and straight forward plan.  It has been the marching orders for the Church for the past 2000 years.  Yet it is still amazing how often the Church chooses not to engage in this plan that God has laid out for us.

In “Empowered” I wanted to take a look at what it means to live this out in our daily lives.  No matter what age you are or stage your in, there are unique opportunities for you to be making an impact in the world around you.  With our heads up and our eyes open, I believe that God will use each of us in the world around us!  As the Church, we know the end of the story; but the details between today and that day are still all in the making.  I can’t wait to hear what part you play.

I hope that you will check it out, and share it with your friends when it launches.  Stay tuned for more on that.

~Peter

 

 

Wondering together…

thinkingWhat do you wonder about?  Wonder is the desire to be curious or know something, it is this beautiful thing that God has allowed us to do.  Our minds are fascinated with exploration and discovery.  Thankfully we are not programmed robots that have no interest in the environments around us.  Take a look around you right now.  What’s going on around you?

I’m sitting in a cafe surrounded by a few old people, a young couple, a little boy celebrating his 1st birthday, and a woman that is clearly dying her hair.  She can’t be wondering ‘am I fooling anyone’.  Because let me pop that bubble real quick–You’re NOT!  Every person that you see has a different make up, and a different personality.  We like different things, not one of us is exactly like the other. Continue reading

If God Were a Rabbits Foot…

GodJust the other day I was sitting telling my wife, Tiffany, that when I was in 4th grade the cool thing was to have a rabbits foot.  Everybody had one, or so it seemed.  They were these little key chains that were so cool.  Also, they were supposed to bring you good luck.  Now, who doesn’t need a little bit of that?  It was the object of my desire, for about two weeks.

The beauty of the lucky rabbits foot is that it is always available when you need a little something special.  Need some good luck?  Bring out the rabbits foot.  There are no restrictions as to how you can use it.  As far as I know, there isn’t a published user’s manual, you use it however you want.  You become the one wielding the power of the rabbits foot.  There is an incredible satisfaction in knowing that because the foot is in your possession you are more powerful and are better off than those without one.

The problem is we don’t stop with rabbit’s feet.

We often treat God as if He was no more than our lucky rabbits foot.

In the book of 1 Samuel the nation of Israel was in big trouble.  As a nation they had begun to slip away from following all that God had commanded them.  At the time Eli was the high priest and his son’s Hophni and Phinehas were priests as well.  They were the Old Testament versions of the classic preacher’s kid—nothing but trouble.  We find out that these guys had no respect for God, and for the ways of the Lord.  The Bible says that, “the sin of the young men was very great before the Lord.”

Israel finds itself going to war with the neighboring people, the Philistines.  They head out to the battle field and loose badly.  They lost 4,000 men that day.  No nation likes to loose a battle, so they came together and said, why did we loose?  What’s up with that?  Someone brought up the fact that they didn’t have their lucky rabbits foot with them, and that MUST be why this happened.

So they sent men to a town called Shiloh, where Hophni and Phinehas were serving, to get the nations rabbits foot: the ark of the covenant of God.  Check out their logic…

Let us take to ourselves from Shiloh the ark of the covenant of the Lord, that it may come among us and deliver us from the power of our enemies. 1 Sam 4:3

And who do you suppose helps transport the ark of the covenant to the front lines of battle?  You got it…  Hophni and Phinehas.  They had no problem treating God like a lucky rabbits foot.  With God at their side, what more could go wrong?  Actually it goes horribly wrong.  Israel looses that battle too and the Ark of the Covenant gets captured by the Philistines and is taken off; a national tragedy for the people of God.

Before we pass too much judgement on these guys, we better ask ourselves a few questions.

Am I Hophni, or Phinehas?

Do I view God as being nothing more than a power I can wield, and possess?

Are my prayers focused on what God can do for me rather than what I can do for Him?

Do I try to get God to fit into the plans of my life, rather than planning my life around the desires and commands that He has given?

Is God nothing more than a lucky rabbits foot?

What if today you focused more on worshiping God than you did asking Him for things.  What if today you spent more time thanking God than you did complaining to Him.  How would that change your focus?

God is not a rabbits foot.

~Peter

 

Limes: God’s Gift to Me

sliced limeI love limes.  If I could have a slice of lime in every glass of cold ice water, or ice cold coke I would be a happy man.  I’m the guy that when at dinner everyone else asks for their coke with a lemon I say, can I have mine with a lime?  I love em.  It is a good thing that there really isn’t a Sonic close to where I live because I would be drinking their limeade’s non stop.

The other day I was having lunch with a friend and I was sharing my love of limes with them.  I realized quickly that I sounded like a very strange person because of how passionately I enjoy a good lime.  It just enhances so much.  It adds a nice zing to whatever it is that I squeeze it into, or on top of.  Come on people, you know that guacamole would not be nearly as good if it didn’t have some lime in it.  Why do you think that Tostito’s came up with Toritilla Chips that have a hint of lime?   Continue reading

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