Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Jesus, the Preeminent One

In Colossians 1 Paul thanks God for the believers in Colossae. He is thankful for the evidence of spiritual fruit in their lives: for their faith, their love, and the hope that is before them.

Paul also prays that they will be filled with the knowledge of God's will. That they would walk worthy of the Lord. That they would increase in the knowledge of God. That they would be strengthened with might. The only means that makes any of these things possible is the completed redemption through Christ's blood.

Jesus is the very image of God. He is the Creator of the universe. He is the Sustainer of life. He is the Head of the church. He is the Preeminent One. There is no one before Him.

In this is the Christian life grounded. Only by placing Christ in first place in our lives can we live lives pleasing to God.

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Tuesday, March 17, 2015

My Favorite Things About a Rainy Day

What I love about a rainy day:
- the smell of rain
- the sound of raindrops hitting the windows
- the cozy feeling of being warm and dry indoors
- drinking a cup of tea with honey
- reading a good book
- curling up on the couch
- working on a sewing project
- watching the water splatter

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Tuesday, March 10, 2015

He Giveth More Grace

He giveth more grace when the burdens grow greater,
He sendeth more strength when the labors increase,
To added affliction He addeth His mercy,
To multiplied trials, His multiplied peace.

When we have exhausted our store of endurance,
When our strength has failed ere the day is half-done,
When we reach the end of our hoarded resources,
Our Father’s full giving is only begun.

His love has no limit, His grace has no measure,
His power no boundary known unto men,
For out of His infinite riches in Jesus,
He giveth and giveth and giveth again.

He Giveth More Grace by Annie J. Flint

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Tuesday, March 03, 2015

The Comfort of God's Peace

"Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid." (John 14:27, ESV)

What comfort to know that not only does God give us peace, but He gives us His peace. Peace that surpasses all understanding. Peace that is beyond what mere mortals can comprehend. This peace is rooted in the fact that God is sovereign. He controls all. Everything. Everyone. No one can act outside of His allowing it. No storm can rise, no winds can blow, no evil can befall us, but that it has already passed through God's hands.

This peace is also rooted in the fact that God is good. He loves us with an everlasting love. He provides us with grace that is more than sufficient. As we humbly trust Him, He gives us inward and outward peace. Our world may fall apart, our family and friends may desert us, our health may fail, but our God is still faithful. And so, we face the unknown, the future, with hope and confidence, because God has already seen it and because He walks beside us every step of the way.

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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

My Favorite Movies Inspired by Books

- Persuasion (the 1971 version)
While yes, at times this screams of the 70s, I love Ann Fairbanks depiction of Anne Elliot. She's just the way I imagine Anne actually would be.

- Emma
There are two versions that I like. There's the 1996 version with Gwenyth Paltrow, and there's the TV mini-series with Romola Garai. Both are excellent renditions. Both have their pros and cons.

- Pride and Prejudice
Jennifer Ehle and Colin Firth - enough said

- Bleak House
While Gillian Anderson isn't the main lead in this production, this is worth watching just to see her amazing performance.

- Wives and Daughters
Justine Waddell pulls off a brilliant performance in the role of Molly Gibson.

- North and South
The parson's daughter meets the cotton mill owner. Watch the sparks fly and the love between them develop. Think of this as Lizzy and Darcy meet the Industrial Revolution. As a bonus, the music is hauntingly beautiful.

- Little Women
Louisa May Alcott's book comes to life with this charming adaptation.

- Anne of Green Gables
Relive Anne's hopes and dreams and struggles with this classic rendition.

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Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Still, My Soul Be Still

Still my soul be still
And do not fear
Though winds of change may rage tomorrow
God is at your side
No longer dread
The fires of unexpected sorrow

God You are my God
And I will trust in You and not be shaken
Lord of peace renew
A steadfast spirit within me
To rest in You alone

Still my soul be still
Do not be moved
By lesser lights and fleeting shadows
Hold onto His ways
With shield of faith
Against temptations flaming arrows

Still my soul be still
Do not forsake
The Truth you learned in the beginning
Wait upon the Lord
And hope will rise
As stars appear when day is dimming

Still, My Soul be Still, words and music by Keith & Kristyn Getty & Stuart Townend

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