Sunday, April 18, 2010

Just for Joel

To honor a very special friend, I want to post the following video. To find out the background of why I would post this type of video, follow this link and read the shocking story of Joel's attempt to corrupt this prim and proper grandma.

So, Joel, this one's for you!

Were Not Gonna Take It - Twisted Sister

Maverick MySpace Video

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

The Truth About the Cross

My friend, David House, is a former pastor who left the institutional church several months ago. He recently started his own website, "Our Father's Freedom," where he shares some wonderful truths about God's heart. One of his most recent posts is in my opinion a beautiful description of the cross as the antidote for the disease of sin. This truth has been hidden from the church and I'm thankful for men like David who are now bringing it out into the open.

I decided to post a link to it because I believe this is a message that the church needs to hear. I hope you'll read it with an open heart so that you don't miss the beauty of what Jesus accomplished on the cross for us. To read David's post, "The Father and the Cross" follow this link.

Monday, April 5, 2010

Love Always Perseveres

When we think of love, we tend to think of the hearts and flowers type of love. That may be a part of love but, I’ve found that that kind of love won’t hold me steady during the hard times. Instead, I’m finding that I’m being challenged to love on a deeper level.

It's easy to say I love you when it's all wine and roses and good times but what about the times when life hits you with a bunch of lousy circumstances and the person you love doesn't behave in the way you want him to? It's in those times when love is tested and proven to be real.

Of course, I'm not talking about abusive behavior which should never be tolerated. However, in the normal circumstances of life, people will disappoint us. So, what do we do then? If we're like most people, we'll forgive but there's an invisible unstated line where we decide enough is enough and, when that person crosses it, love begins to die. However, now through my relationships, God is teaching me that love always perseveres.

I've always been a person who was easily hurt. I would internalize my hurt until I hit that invisible line, got fed up and that was it. Love for that person was dead and gone and, as far as I was concerned, that person was history. However, I'm now finding when I come up to that invisible line and think I've had it, love erases the line and I'm infused with a new dose of love and I can keep moving forward.

As I was writing this post, the song "I Only Want to Be With You" came on the radio. There's a verse in the song that seems to really go along well with my thoughts about love.

"I just want to be beside you everywhere
As long as we're together, honey, I don't care
Cause you started something, oh, can't you see
That ever since we met you've had a hold on me
No matter what you do, I only want to be with you"

Again, I want to emphasize, abusive behavior should NEVER be tolerated. However, in our day to day relationships, true love will say, "No matter what you do, I'll always love you."

Giving up expectations has been hard for me but I'm learning to make the decision that the relationship is more important to me than being right. Sometimes, when I've been hurt, it's a struggle to get to that place and it doesn't always comes easily. However, love will rise up again and strengthen me and I continue moving forward.

In his powerful book, "The God's Honest Truth," which has now been re-written and released as "The Misunderstood God," Darin Hufford says "The foundation of love is death." I'm finding that to be true. I'm finding that my expectations of how people should behave are starting to die but, out of that death, love is rising up and is being purified in me.

Love always perseveres and "if love does not persevere through the fire. IT IS NOT LOVE." (The God's Honest Truth)

So, here's Dusty Springfield encouraging us to let love persevere.