How Much Is Enough?

We seem to be stuck.  So many with their feet in the quicksand.  Statements like; “She is not living with God in her life. It pains me that I will not see her in heaven”.  God loves her just like you!  Proclamations like “She died without knowing our Savior, I guess there is no hope”.  Maybe no one told her about Jesus!  So how much is enough?  Do you need to do one more good deed… or twenty?  Do you need to go to church one more time… or one hundred?  If I can just memorize one more scripture I will have it made.  What makes us think that we have enough power to determine our destiny?  How can we be so arrogant, as to think we could ever do anything good enough, to stand by his side?  If we are earning our way into his presence… what was the cross for?  There is nothing you can do.  Nothing you can say. Nothing you can give that will allow you to even touch the hem of his robe.  There is also nothing you can do.  Nothing you can say.  That will keep him from you.  He is a God who pursues.  He is a Savior that loves..unconditionally.  He dwells in a spirit of forgiveness.  Do what you do… but only out of a deep love for him.   He will not ask for anything more.  Romans 8:31 thru 39

I love You!

Perry

Don’t Eat The Fruit!

“DO NOT EAT OF THE TREE OF GOOD AND EVIL!”  Why?  What is good and what is evil?  I truly believe that the tree of life gave forth a never ending spring of love and kindness.  It produced in Adam and Eve all the fruits of the spirit.  However the tree of good and evil produced in them the instant feeling of separation from each other.  “I am better than you.”  “You are wrong and I am right.”  It produced the feeling of blame, shame and hatred.  Only after that tree did they see themselves as different.  Only after that tree did they point the finger.  How often do you eat from the tree of good and evil?  Each time you see differences.  Each time you judge another.  Each time you place blame.  Every time you form hatred instead of love.  That is when you have tasted its’ fruit.  The evil one will tell you it’s alright, just as he did to Eve.  Jesus in his life said “live from the fruit of the tree of life”.  Eat of the fruit of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.  That is the only way you will truly live… in the flow of the garden.  Then, you will find God… walking beside you.  Galatians 5:22

I Love You!

Perry

Anticipation!

As I sat in the middle of thousands of people, she decided to go shopping.  “I will be back shortly” were the words she lovingly used!  A kiss was given and I sat down to wait. More time passed then I thought, so I found myself constantly surveying the crowd, anxiously waiting for the return, of the one I love.  Then my heart paused!   The one I love even more than my wife, told me he would be back one day!  One day he would return to care for us.  To bring us to where he is. To wrap us in his love and warm embrace.  I want to wait daily with anticipation.  With an anxious feeling in my heart.  With a stronger fervor than I had for the return of my wife.  So many distractions. So many Interruptions. So many life moments… stealing my look from the return of my Savior.  I know he will return.  He will one day open the eastern sky and we will be taken to the place he has arranged for us.  I sit patiently.  I wait with anticipation.  I wait with an anxiousness in my heart.  I did the same for my wife.  She did return, and a joy filled my heart.  One day. One moment. One second.  He will be back.  Unspeakable joy will fill my heart on that day as well.  James 5:7

I Love You!

Perry

Forty and Three!

He started with forty and ended with three.  Forty days… alone… tempted… fighting… satan in his face each step of the way.  Each day was a battle and each step grew harder and harder.  After the forty he came out of the desert having dealt with satan.  It was not over!  Three years later on a distant hill… a guards whip…  a wooden cross… satan thought he had victory.  Wrong!  Three days.  Three days in a tomb but not silenced.  He knocked on the doors of hell and defeated satan once and for all.  “You will not have my children.”  Three days he battled… knocking down the gates of hell, and pulling us to his side.  He could have left us there… but no!  He could have called every angel in heaven… but no!  He could have used the power of his father… but no.  He defeated the evil one with pure love.  Love for you and love for me.  All it takes to defeat the liar, is love.  Our Savior is Pure. Perfect. Love.  Satan had no choice.  Want to defeat satan everyday?  Love like Jesus.   

What an amazing Savior!  What a perfect Lord!  He has RISEN!! 

Ephesians 5:1-2

I Love You!

Perry

Torture and Love!

We tend to glamorize it.  We even make beautiful jewelry out of it.  We don’t want to face the truth.   

The whip had metal, and bones, in the ends.  As Jesus was struck, flesh was torn away from his back… his sides… his neck.  This would continue until near death.  Our Saviors raw muscle, tendons and bones would have been exposed.  His wooden cross was made to have splinters.  As he carried it on his shoulder and back the splinters would lodge in his open wounds.  The nails driven through his wrist, were placed as to touch nerves. Any movement was excruciating.  As he was lifted upon the main pole his shoulders would have been dislocated from his own weight.  Then both of our Lords’ feet were held together and one large nail driven through them.  Breaking bones in the process.  Then the suffocation starts.  The only way to breath, was too push up on the nail through his broken feet, so his diaphragm could expand.  His legs would have been bent at a 45 degree angle, meaning all of his weight was on his thigh muscles causing excruciating cramps.  The cramps would worsen as he pushed up to breath.  As he lost blood all of his organs would begin to cry out in pain.  All these things were happening to our Jesus at the same time.  With no way for relief.  Why did he not call his army of angels?   LOVE!!!! 

I Love You!

Perry