Continuous Rinse

October 14, 2017

Stuff gets dirty. It’s inevitable. It’s a fact of life.

And it seems sometimes that, the more I get involved with people, the more messy it can get to serve and love and care for through the reality of this jacked up life.

It seems to me that you don’t walk with someone through addiction with genuine compassion without any temptation to the addiction – whether in the same issues or in alternate equivalents.

And even if it’s not the stuff you’re trying to help others deal with, the world is really like a cesspool of swirling mess. Unless you never look at people, you will see stuff and hear stuff and even touch stuff that is not good for your spiritual condition. It is inevitable.

But what do we do about it? Were the monks onto something when they moved off to the wilderness to close themselves off from society? Are we supposed to so insulate ourselves from the wickedness of society that we cannot be polluted by it?

Perhaps…

But wait…manipulation and fear and greed and perversion seem to be just as present in the isolationist cultures as they are in the world at large. What are we to do?

It’s a lot simpler than I think we may realize.

David taught us in his beautiful acrostic poem, Psalm 119, with a simple question and an even simpler answer:

“How can a young man keep his way pure? By guarding it according to [God’s] word. (Ps. 119.9)

Maybe it’s time as followers of Jesus to deliberately increase our intake of God’s Word. It’s kind of funny (in a sad sort of way) that we wonder why we have a hard time figuring out what God is trying to tell us but we don’t have a steady diet of God’s Word. In fact, if we’re honest, we take in so much other stuff that we

In other words, it’s time to step into a continuous rinse of our lives by the power of the Scriptures.

How can you do that today? How can you stay under the stream that helps rinse away the inevitable crud of this world?

Maybe it’s as simple as listening to Scripture as you drive or choosing a passage to meditate on and memorize and looking back over it every hour. Maybe it’s as simple as setting a reminder on your phone to pause at regular intervals to take a bite of the Word.

The world is messy. We need a continuous rinse.

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The Mess of Religion

October 10, 2017

Yes, I wrote it – and I mean it.

We’re walking through the book of John and the theme, in my understanding, is that God came here into our mess in the person of Jesus, the Son of God. But you have to bear in mind that he stepped into the world in what may have been the most religious place on the planet.

So… if there was so much religion already, why would God come here?

I submit to you this thought: His objective was not to bring religion, but relationship.

I addressed this in Sunday’s message.

Do you see Him? Between the tangled threads of religion, do you see that He came to make it possible for you and I to have a personal connection with God?

Do you believe Him? Do you really trust that He did this for you?

Do you know Him? Today, will you take Him up on His invitation to walk through this life and beyond with Him?

Here He Is

October 5, 2017

Continuing through John’s Gospel, we see the record of John the Baptist.

John relays how John the Baptist explained his purpose in coming.

John taught us that God came into the mess of our world, the mess we made, and revealed Himself to us. That began with John the Baptist’s announcement. He said, in essence, “Here He is.”

I hope today that you can see what John was pointing out there in the wilderness, see that Jesus is the promised Messiah, God in the flesh, God in the mess.

I hope you can believe that He really was the Lamb of God sent to take away the sins of the world – that’s you and me.

I hope that you will choose to open your heart and mind to know Him, God in the Mess.

See Him. Believe Him. Know Him.