When we think that the God of the universe, the One Who holds all of life in His Hands, would come and live among men, we ought to be astounded. God is so large, magnificent, and to think He would condescend to our status is almost beyond thinking. He made plans to be with us, to feel what we feel and to understand what we understand. But wouldn’t you have expected Him to come as a full grown man? Like the angels that appeared in the Old and New Testament stories. You know, one minute here and another gone, but in between doing business effectively. God actually chose the higher way; go figure! He completely humbled Himself and took on the form of a man and came the way we all come, as a baby. A baby. So that means He experienced all that we experience and can relate to everything we go through. And He did it sinlessly, aiming to be the sacrificial lamb on the cross, literally carrying all of man’s sins on His back. How great is this God? So great that He humbled Himself and became one of us in order to relate to and then save as many as would repent and believe. He came to us…as a Baby. PB
Archive for December, 2007
With a little less than three weeks left in the year, I’m beginning to mentally put the year 2007 to rest. Wow. It seems like yesterday that we started this year with prayers and plans and, yes, the Lord was faithful to bless what we did this past year in so many ways. We’ve seen Him move, saving some, healing others, restoring relationships and renewing hearts. But is His work “done” for the year? He is so great that He transcends time and space and reaches into the hearts and lives of people, no matter what time of year it is. It seems to me at this moment that the calendar is, well, so artificial. Because to the Lord Who lives outside of time, His work is continuous. In other words, He is always saving, healing and delivering, without interuption. So is the year gone and His work finished in some way? Yes and no. The calendar year is almost done. But He continues on until the return of His Son, acting as the High Priest, the Great Shepherd, the Redeemer of mankind. There are people that God is working directly with right now. May we see it and be His willing vessels to be used in His continual work. PB
The Christmas Extravaganza. This is so huge for us. Pastor Mark is running around taking care of details. There are lots of people involved, not only in the actual performances but in the background. And there’s everyone else, inviting friends and family, just getting the word out. There’s a group of us praying and fasting today to ask the Lord to bring many to Himself through what’s said and done. This is big.
Lord Jesus, we pray for this community and the communities around us. We ask that you would reach the hurting, the lonely, the people who are caught in destructive habits and those who have lost much this year. We pray for kids and families, marriages and homes, businesses and local government. May the Light of the World shine here…. PB