Bone Deep Love!

As we all sit in a circle the question was; “what do you get from your spouse”?  After listening to all the desires, all the wants from the others, I simply answered “I expect nothing from Lorna except to love me”.  Love is a free choice.  As the two of us are soulmates, our love does not demand performance.  We simply do for each other out of a place of deep love.  Unconditional love produces a desire to please… to serve… to cherish.  So it is, with our love and relationship with Christ.  As we accept his unconditional love it forms in us a desire to please him. Not out of fear… not out of a desire to earn… or a need to follow rules, but out of respect and love.  Unconditional love never demands performance.  Never demands compliance. Never demands rules.  If love is truly unconditional there is no need for rules, because everything is done from a place in the heart.  Our Savior does not demand that we do things a certain way, act a certain way or follow a given set of rules.  If he did, then what was the cross for?  He simply and unconditionally asked that we love him in return… the way he loves us.  He then ask that we love others as much as we love him.  From a place of love that goes bone deep. That is the only way to live and love in harmony. 

1 John – Chapter 4

I Love You!

Perry

There Is A Battle!

He battled. Daily Jesus battled.  He spent his time in a never ending battle with evil.  With demons. With Satan.  He stood strong and fought well, but in the end… he was crucified.  He was tortured… beaten… scarred… and taken to Hell.  Then in a moment, he woke, he rose, and he walked again.  They still came.  The demons still pursued, they still hated, but could not touch.  They pursued, but could not harm.  They chased, but could not catch.  They tried again to beat, to torture, but could not penetrate the shield that now surrounded him.  An armor of love from his father.  A shield of love that lived in his very skin.  There could have been no other way.  The kingdom of God is not about might and show of force.  It is in the quiet submission that true power is found.  Christ message is about surrender in order to inherit power.  Our Saviors’ message is about turning the other cheek.  It’s about the power that comes from a life of service.  The kind of power that can change a world, from the inside out.  That can change you from the inside out. Daily we battle as well.  Daily we take up our cross.  Daily we need to offer quiet submission.  Then Christs’ love will live in your very skin.  That is an armor that the demons of hell can not penetrate.  He rose!  So will you!  

1 Peter Chap. 4 (MSG)

Happy Easter!

Love, 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 bone, 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 Saviors’ feet were held together and one large nail driven through them.  Breaking bones in the process.  Then the suffocation starts.  The only way to breathe, 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

Christ Deserves Better!

They knew what he had done. They had seen the healing.  They had witnessed the miracles. They had heard of the dead rising.  So a hero’s welcome… a kings honor.  The robes from their backs, and palm leaves paved his way.  Put yourself in Jesus place.  Not wanting the spot light, but knowing 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 the thoughts he would later 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 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 lash out in anger or belittle someone?  When we do not trust? When we do not reach out?  Christ deserves better.  I’m going to spend my life trying to give him that.  I pray you will too.  Galatians 2:20

I love You!

Perry

Just Ask!

Thirty seven times.  Thirty Seven!!  H2O became wine.  Evil spirits ran in fear.  Fish jumped into nets, at his calling.  Leprosy vanished with a touch.  Small fish, and simple bread, fed thousands with a thought.  Walking on water… no problem.  Blindness vanished with a little spit and mud.  Even a simple touch of his garment brought healing.  Simple words and death’s sting was gone.  Thirty seven times in three years Jesus used the power from his father to heal… to save… to change lives.  Thirty seven times he proved to us that the power of God was present in his spirit.  Why then do we struggle to believe that he will take care of us.  Three hundred and sixty five times, in scripture, he whispers “DO NOT FEAR” but yet we spend our days full of anxiety.  Does not the Holy Spirit live within us?  Does not His Spirit reside in our hearts… in our souls?  I know it’s hard to comprehend, but the same power that performed thirty seven miracles lives in each of us.  That same power that raised Jesus from the dead is available simply for the asking.  So ask!! When you fear,  ask for courage.  When you doubt, ask for confidence.  When you are filled with anxiety ask for peace.  His power will fill you to overflowing.  Just ask!    Romans 8:11-14

I Love You!

Perry