Tag: Jesus

Jesus on the big screen

Why Jesus shouldn’t be on the big screen

(I wrote this post a few years ago when the movie “Son of God” was playing. I was scroslling through some old posts and after I read it, I still felt the same way. I like what I wrote so I decided to post it again.)

Majesty

Majesty

Long post warning!

OK, here’s where I get into trouble. A lot of you are not going to like what I say.  But I promised to be honest. This is about as honest as it gets. It is not my intent to discourage anyone from seeing the movie, the Son of God,  but just to get people to think before they jump on board. If you’ve seen the movie, then please read no further. I don’t want to rain on your parade.  Continue reading “Why Jesus shouldn’t be on the big screen”

How to be someone else’s prayer “voice”

Luke 5: 17-20:NIV

17 One day Jesus was teaching, and Pharisees and teachers of the law were sitting there. They had come from every village of Galilee and from Judea and Jerusalem. And the power of the Lord was with Jesus to heal the sick. 18 Some men came carrying a paralyzed man on a mat and tried to take him into the house to lay him before Jesus. 19 When they could not find a way to do this because of the crowd, they went up on the roof and lowered him on his mat through the tiles into the middle of the crowd, right in front of Jesus.

20 When Jesus saw their faith, he said, “Friend, your sins are forgiven.”

Don’t you just love the “right in front of Jesus”? How often do we bring our family and friends right in front of Jesus? 

We don’t  because we forget that we can. But if it was OK this time, it’s OK anytime. We can bring our loved ones and place them right in front of Jesus. I love their tenacity, their boldness. We should show those same attributes.

When my mom was so ill, my friends took me there. They took my prayers and placed them at Jesus’ feet because all I could do was shoot up one-sentence prayers. (I call them arrow prayers.) They knew my efforts had to be elsewhere.

We are called to pray on behalf of others but also to step in for them, praying their requests when they can’t. And it often seems that when my life is in disarray, theirs isn’t and vice versa.

When I pray in their stead I remind God that I am praying because they can’t. I know their concerns so I simply echo them. They do the same for me.

I hope you have family and friends like that. I am blessed because I do. Today they had to step in for me again. It was such a comfort to know they did.

God bless and I hope you have a good day.

 

 

 

Peter

When you think you’re not a good Christian

I love this story in Luke, chapter five.

I love it not because Peter catches a lot of fish but because his faith is such that he can speak honestly to Jesus, “Duh, been fishing all night and haven’t caught a thing. This is the same spot, Jesus. But I’ll do it anyway.

Boy, is this me a lot of the time. “Really, God? You want me to do what? Haven’t I done that many times before? Haven’t I “fished” this spot before and come away “fishless? Now it’s supposed to be different?”Really, God? You just couldn’t let this one pass? Oh, all right. I’ll do it again.”

I sometimes I wonder why we can’t just “get it right” after the first time or should I say why I just can’t get it? Wouldn’t you think just one time seeing what God can do would settle it for us? I mean, how many answered prayers does it take before we believe?

I love the apostle Peter. He’s one of my favorites. He has to learn the hard way. But he also was the first one to step out in faith. He was willing to take the leap. The only time Peter showed cowardice was when he denied Jesus but I can’t fault him for that because I might have done the same thing under those circumstances.

But his honesty is what appeals to me the most. To be that genuine is a good thing. It’s how we all should be when we “talk” with God, totally honest and open. There was a time I wasn’t honest before God. I felt I had to pray the “right” words. I used words that didn’t reflect who I really am or the way I normally talk. My prayers then were probably much more impressive than they are now. Now they’re much more “raw” and unimpressive. They’re shorter, too. However much time it takes me to express my praise and my concerns is how long it takes. I don’t check the time.

Just like most of us, I wonder sometimes if I get it right, my prayers, I mean. Let’s face, we are emotional human beings and that is reflected in our prayers, the style, the length, the passion, etc.  It is rare that I come away from my prayer time feeling like I nailed it if that’s even a possibility.

Maybe that’s not all bad though. Maybe that’s what keeps me coming back every day, throughout the day, and during the night, the fact that I have so much to learn. Maybe that means I still consider myself a “student” of prayer, and not an expert.

So if you sometimes question your own prayer life, know that at least one other person feels the same way.

God bless you and I hope you have a good day.

 


temptation-of-jesus

Why I protect my own “walls” first.

There are some days, I wake up and say, “I’m through blogging. That’s it. It’s too much work. There’s no payback. And the worst part? I don’t always practice what I preach”.

Blogging is hard work. At least it is for me. I take it seriously. I pray every day that God will honor my words and that they will help others. Some days I search for the right words or the right passage of scripture to focus on.

And other days it just falls into my lap. Like today.

I’m reading Nehemiah for my old testament portion. It’s been a year since I read Nehemiah and I had forgotten how much I love this book. I find the rebuilding of the wall and the strategy for the work so interesting and I believe it gives us a blueprint as to how to lead our lives.rebuilding-the-wall-2

I’ve not been doing so good with this lately. I’ve forgotten that the only portion of my “wall” I need to be concerned about is my particular part. That’s how the Israelites rebuilt the wall. Each family rebuilt the portion in front of their own house, not their neighbors, their own house. But while they were building, they also protected themselves by having someone armed and on guard watching for possible attacks as there were many who didn’t want the wall rebuilt. (Doesn’t sound too different from today’s Middle Easts conflicts, does it?)

Then my New Testament reading is in Luke and today I read about the temptation of Jesus.  At the end of Jesus’s temptation, the scriptures say that satan left for awhile, for an opportune time to attack again. (I don’t capitalize the name of satan, as I feel it assigns him too much respect.)

Isn’t it great how these two portions of Scripture support each other?

In both portions, we are told that satan is always prowling, waiting to attack us, even when we are unaware of his presence.

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So what should we do?

Well, according to these portions of Nehemiah and Luke,  we do a few things.

First, we remind ourselves that just because things are good now, doesn’t mean satan has backed off. He’s just lurking around waiting for our unarmed weak moments. And we are unarmed when we ignore our daily time of prayer and Bible study. That is our “armor”.

Secondly, we are to refute satan with God’s word when he does attack, which, of course, circles back to prayer and Bible study.

We can refute satan if we have no ammunition. 

Third, we are to repair ourselves first, our own weak wall. We become vulnerable when we’re always trying to solve other people’s problems, when we buy into their drama too much. Obviously, I don’t mean we don’t help others as much as we can. But we all know, or at least we should, that we can’t help anyone who won’t help themselves. It only gets us upset and angry. And when we’re upset and angry, we are very vulnerable to satan’s attacks.

I’ve done pretty good with the first two, not so much with the last one but I’m getting much better.  I’m working hard at keeping my equilibrium.

I’m going to concentrate on my own “wall” for now. I’ve done all I can do where other people are concerned. This is where faith steps in and reminds me that while I’ve done all I can, God may well have just begun.

Hope this helps you today as you fight your own battles today and defend your own wall.

God bless and have a good one.

 

 

pray big

Don’t be afraid to pray big.

Just a quick update.

My mom is almost her old self.

I’ve been praying so hard for her to regain some of her strength, to see her enjoying her life even a little. It makes the nightmare of the last ten days almost a distant memory.

I’m getting so hopeful that she won’t fall again.

I just wanted to share my joy with you and to encourage you.

Don’t be afraid to pray BIG.
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Sometimes I pray, “Lord, I know other people have been through this exact same experience and I’m no exception to suffering life’s hard times, but you tell me in your word to pray anyway, to pray always, to pray in all ways.  So here I am.”

I always remember the words of Jesus found in many portions of scripture, “What do you want me to do?”

I pray as simply as I can. (Any prayer recorded in Scripture can be spoken in less than a few minutes.)

I pray keeping in mind what I already know is God’s will in general.

Even if I lost her tomorrow, I would be grateful for this day; I would be grateful for this short reprieve.

God bless and I hope you have a good day.

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