Archive | May, 2013

Heaven Meets Earth

25 May

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Do you sing, “like a sloppy wet kiss” or “like an unforeseen kiss”?

I don’t think it matters.

What does matter is that we understand there are two realities – earth and heaven, temporal and eternity, the Kingdom of this World and the Kingdom of God – and they can, and do intersect.

Several times in the Old Testament God broke into this world – at Creation, the calling Abraham, the burning bush, the calling Israel out of Egypt, and many others, culminating in the ultimate Intersection: Jesus Christ, fully God and fully man.

Jesus told His disciples that by seeing Him, they had seen the Father, and just before returning to the Father, He told His disciples to stay in Jerusalem until they received the Holy Spirit.

This Intersection now runs through each believer’s heart. We are in this world but citizens of another.

When believers come together, a gathering of Intersections so to speak, His presence is magnified as we magnify Him! Much like the symbolic Candlelight service on Christmas Eve as the light in the room grows as one more candle is lit.

We have this privilege, this opportunity every time we meet together with followers of Jesus Christ.

Heaven meets earth… in me. And in you.

How He loves us!

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Ready for Sunday

How would our worship be different if we all believed – and remembered – this? What would our churches be like? How would the world be different?

I’m ready to find out.

He is jealous for me,
Loves like a hurricane, I am a tree,
Bending beneath the weight of his wind and mercy.
When all of a sudden,
I am unaware of these afflictions eclipsed by glory,
And I realize just how beautiful You are,
And how great Your affections are for me.

Oh how he loves,
Yeah, He loves us,
Oh! how He loves us,
Oh! how He loves us,
Oh! how He loves.

And we are His portion and He is our prize,
Drawn to redemption by the grace in His eyes,
If His grace is an ocean, we’re all sinking.
And Heaven meets earth like a sloppy wet kiss / like an unforeseen kiss,
And my heart turns violently inside of my chest,
I don’t have time to maintain these regrets,
When I think about, the way…

Yeah, He loves us,
Oh! how He loves us,
Oh! how He loves us,
Oh! how He loves us so.

John Mark McMillan
© 2005 Integrity’s Hosanna! Music (Admin. by EMI Christian Music Publishing)

The Flowers Fade

11 May

roses

Today I threw away a dozen roses.

Beautiful long-stemmed blossoms over two weeks old, now withered, with crispy-edged petals.

Fresh flowers come with sadness. Their sweet faces mask a longing that their beauty would not fade.

And yet, their fate is precisely what makes them so precious. They exist now. Their deep hues spew happiness– especially because they will not last.

Indigenous to our hearts this longing  yearns for flowers to last forever, for death to die. For hurts to be kissed away and for goodness to always prevail.

The wise C. S. Lewis captured this well in words: “If I find in myself desires which nothing in this world can satisfy, the only logical explanation is that I was made for another world.”

He, and I, believe the world for which we yearn is heaven.

Wrapped in the anguish of fading rose petals sit droplets of worship – that deep and unquenchable longing for what will last, for the One who will never fade or disappoint, for the One who fashioned our hearts for relationship.

More than we long for Him, incredibly, He longs for us.

Deep  calls to deep from beyond time into our eternity.

Come  to me.”

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Ready for Sunday

If I only knew how much He desires to meet with me I would spend my life in His arms, always worshiping. Draw me nearer, O my God.

 

10,000 times 10,000

4 May

I’ve been singing 10,000 Reasons all day since entering the lyrics into the computer for tomorrow’s service.

This probably never happens to you, but I often caught by the technical stuff on Sunday. I DO worship God, but sometimes it’s through a busy-ness fog that never quite becomes the abandoned heart I want to give to Him.

Well, alone in the worship center today I sang my heart and lungs out – singing a few of the 10,00o reasons He deserves my praise. No chord progression or stage lights to think about. No one asking about the timing of the offering or looking at the media booth to see why the video isn’t playing. (Why do people DO that? Seriously, it’s hard enough to make stubborn technology work without an audience!)

Just me and Him.

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Ready for Sunday

Using a list (like the ones in the song) helps me praise Him. Here are a couple of my favorites:

Use the alphabet and name a reason you love God, or list one of His attributes.

  • God you are Always there, Better than life, Concerned for me….
  • Father I praise you for you are Almighty God, you are Beautiful, Christ Messiah…

Praise lists are also through the Psalms: Psalm 136 and Psalm 145 are examples.

Start listing what you appreciate about God. I guarantee you will be ready for tomorrow!

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