Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Bridges

                Different types of bridges exist all over the world. The beam type is the simplest and what I remember as a child. It could be a simple piece of wood or a tree limb laid across the creek and supported by the creek bank on either side. This would also describe the bridge my cats use when they walk across my legs from the couch to the coffee table or the bridges my grandsons build out of blocks.
                An arch bridge is just what it sounds like. The bridge is shaped like an arch. An example is the Rainbow Bridge at Niagara Falls. A suspension bridge uses cables for support. The Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco is a great example. Another type of bridge is a cantilever bridge using counterbalances, which are weights used to balance another weight. These are more complex.
                My least favorite bridge is one that spans across a large body of water. For some reason, I’m just not comfortable traveling across long distances of water in a car instead of a boat.
                Since Sunday is Easter, I thought I would also share my favorite bridge. It is made simply from wood and nails. It spans across a great canyon. The bridge is in the shape of a cross and lies between man and God spanning the chasm of sin that separates us. Jesus Christ laid this bridge when he laid down His life on the cross.
                The bridge of the cross makes it possible for us to cross over from death unto life. Have you crossed this bridge?

Friday, March 22, 2013

Spring has Sprung


The trees are budding, flowers are on sale, and the weather is beginning to warm up (at least in Texas). Our Bradford Pear pretty much skipped the white flowers and went straight to leaves. Begonias, petunias, and azaleas are on sale at my local plant store, so I will be out in the yard planting before long.
I remember a hymn we used to sing called It Took a Miracle. One part told about a lily pushing its way up through the ground and how a flower growing is a miracle. Spring is a great time to be reminded of miracles all around us. Life itself is a miracle.
At the end of this month, churches all across the nation will be filled on Easter Sunday.  We will celebrate the greatest miracle of all -- the miracle of God’s grace and mercy to us through Jesus’ death and resurrection. This is the miracle of the cross.
Look around, and you will notice a lot of people that wear a cross around their neck or tattoo one on their body or hang one on their wall. Next time you see a cross, ask the person who owns it what it means to them. If they don’t know about the miracle of the cross, offer to share it with them so they can know what they are representing. I’d love to hear any interesting stories. Leave a comment telling me about your experience or what the cross means to you.

Sunday, March 17, 2013

The Four Leaf Clover

We are so lucky that God loved us! The rest is up to you.

“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23).
                Admit you have sinned.

“For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 6:23).
                Recognize the consequences of sin.

“But God demonstrates his own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8).
                Accept God’s gift of love.

“If you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation” (Romans 10:9-10).
                Confess Jesus as your Lord.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Picking up the Pieces

                Have you ever worked a 5,000 piece Jigsaw puzzle? Okay, what about a 1,000 or 500-piece puzzle? It’s great when you can look at the front of the box and know what your final objective is. You simply complete the border and fill in the middles. You might even have others help you.
                What if someone took 1,000 pieces from 5 different 5,000 piece puzzles and put them together in the same box. It wouldn’t matter how hard you worked, you wouldn’t be able to put the puzzle together. The pieces wouldn’t fit.
                Sometimes life is like this. People dump the wrong pieces into your box of life and you inevitably lose a few pieces along the way. We can’t put the pieces together. All we can do is pick up the pieces and put them back in the box in a jumbled mess.
                God has a plan for putting the pieces of your life together. He has a perfect plan that you or someone else have more than likely messed up. But he can also give you a Plan B, or Plan C, or Plan D, or Plan E. In fact he isn’t limited by the 26 letters of the alphabet.
                No matter where you are in your life and no matter how many times you have messed up and had different puzzle pieces dumped into your box of life, you can pick up the pieces and give them to God. He, and only He, can put them together into a beautiful picture.
                Call to Him. He is waiting for you to give him your box of life. He is the God who works wonders , and with God all things are possible (See Psalm 77:14 and Matthew 19:26).

Saturday, March 2, 2013

The Totally Fulfilling Bible Study

                We all look for this one. We all desire the totally fulfilling Bible study. Is this spring’s Bible study something that sounds interesting to me? Does this one apply to my life right now? The last one was pretty good, but there was still something missing. It seems every devotional, every Bible study, every discipleship program, and every small group study has something lacking.
                There might be points or statements that make us say wow or really touch our hearts, but there are always one or two things we don’t like. Maybe you don’t like the version of the Bible that is used, or maybe you don’t like the use of multiple versions. Maybe you think the author or leader interjects too much of themselves. You might think you are more knowledgeable than the teacher. This study or that study may seem boring. And maybe you are right.
                We all desire the totally fulfilling Bible study. Let me ask you, “Have you found it yet?” Well, I have. I can guarantee this one. You probably already have it in your home. Open your Bible and study it. Just it. Nothing else. The only totally fulfilling Bible study is the Bible. There is nothing missing, but I can also guarantee there may be a few things you don’t like. Regardless of what you do or don’t like, you will come away totally fulfilled.
                Don’t know where to start? Start with Psalm 119. It’s a long chapter, but if you truly study it, you will fall in love with the Bible. Ask God to show you where to start, but no matter what – start.
                I hope to see you at a Bible study soon. Let me know which one is your favorite so far.