He Deserves Better!

They knew what he had done.  So a hero’s welcome… a kings honor.  The robes from their backs, and palm leaves paved his way.  Put yourself in Jesus’s place.  Not wanting the spot light, but knowing the donkey ride and the king’s parade, is what was needed to send the religious leaders to the edge. Knowing they needed one final push to send him to the cross.  I’m sure as he gazed at the gathering of people, he was repeating what he would say on the cross.  “Forgive these people, father, for what they are about to do.”  The same people that praised his entrance today would later cry out for his crucifixion.  They knew what they had seen… had heard… but chose to send him to the cross.  Twelve best friends… twelve men who walked in the parade with him… men who said they would die for him… ran and hid.  Do we not do the same thing when being his child is too hard?  When we ignore praying because it’s not politically correct?  When we turn away from a homeless man because it’s too hard to love him? When we do not trust?  Christ deserves better.  I’m going to spend my life trying to give him that.  I hope you will too.  Galatians 2:20

I Love You!

Perry

Getting Back!

Walking past I heard him talking.  All alone.  My heart paused… maybe he needs someone to talk too.  As I sat down beside him I simply asked “tell me how you got here”? Three years.  Danny’s mom had died and he simply couldn’t move on.  Three years on the street…  simply doesn’t know how to get back.  Fifty eight and sleeping under a bridge.  He simply doesn’t know how to get back.  Do you ever feel lost?  Like you don’t know how to get back, to the place where you were?  Doesn’t matter how far gone you are, God can find you.  God will run after you and bring you back.  Back from addiction.  Back from grief.  Back from pain and back from despair.  Then just like the father of the prodigal he will rejoice with you.  He will welcome you home.  As I left this nice man I prayed, “thank you Father for always bringing me back”.  “Father, I asked that you show Danny the way home”.  “Give him the mind to see when you lead him”.   As i rejoined my family the tears came.  I always think…”but for the grace of God go I”.  Never take the guidance you are given for granted.  It comes from the Father.

2 Chronicles 18 / Luke 15

I Love You!

Perry

Eight Simple Words!

Not sure what his life was like.  

Scripture doesn’t tell us.  

The bible doesn’t even tell us where he came from.  

I simply know he must have had a troubled life, given the fact he was being crucified, next to our Savior.   “Jesus remember me when you enter your kingdom”.  Eight simple words.  So much power in eight words.  A lifetime of sin erased by eight words.  We have a God who chases after us.  He chases… he calls us by name… and he looks for the good in us…  We have a God who simply wants a relationship.  He simply wants us to acknowledge and love him.  Our Savior is not about rules.  He is not about worshiping one way or the other.  He is not about doing everything right.  He is simply about love.  We are a people who have been taught that nothing is free.  Everything has to be earned. Rules must be followed and reputations have to be upheld.  Many times that even applies to our human relationships.  But Jesus… the Christ… our Savior… says don’t worry about the rules, you can’t possibly fulfill all of them.  Love me… love others… and I will remember you, when you come into my kingdom.  Luke 23:42

I Love You!

Perry  

Are You An Addict?

So I use to be an addict!  I’m sure that statement caught you off guard.  You may be thinking –  this is a surprise!  Without hesitation I could raise my hand and say “Hi my name is Perry and I am an addict”.  I’m pretty safe in saying we all could.  People have a universal addiction to being “right”.  We will argue… we will spend countless hours and resources… trying daily to prove that we are right, and others are wrong. I have encountered those that are so addicted to being right, that it becomes more important than loving.  I know… I use to be one of those people.  We have to find a better way to relate to one another.  A better way to love one another.  Pure love means I am willing to see you, to listen to you, with an open heart and an open mind. I am willing to walk in your shoes in order to understand the reason for your life… your ways. To be a Christ follower means we are to emulate his heart and his way.  His way was never condemning but always loving.  So the next time you feel the need to feed your ego… simply stop.  Look at the other person with Jesus eyes and let yourself become teachable.  

THEN SIMPLY LOVE!!

Ephesians 5:1

I Love You!

Perry