I do not understand the love affair amongst some Christians of making the cross offensive. “This will (probably) offend you,” they say. “This may upset the PC people,” they add.
What kind of witness is this? Yes, Paul calls the cross “foolishness” (1 Corinthians 1:18) to some, and many times it is. There are many who don’t get it, don’t like it, or more likely have had bad experiences with it.
But our goal should never to be to offend, but simply to present the Gospel as it is. The naked Gospel is powerful enough without attaching a bulldozer to is.
Let us witness and truth and in love. May it be Christ and the Holy Spirit that speaks through us, rather than our own selfish ambition.
Jesus sent them out
first the twelve, then the seventy-two
He sent them out with nothing,
reminding us all we don’t need all the baggage
all the stuff
to accomplish His mission
We just need Him
And if His message is not received
that is okay,
just knock the dust off and keep on going.
We’ve got to do,
miracles to perform,
demons to expel.
Let the Kingdom of God begin here today!
My cats are wannabe escape artists
They dream of being outside cats,
but they’re not.
That does not stop them from trying though.
Every day when my wife and I get home,
they try to get out.
Sometimes, they double-team us,
figuring with our attention divided
they could finally succeed.
Sometimes they get out as far as the porch
as if utterly awestruck at their own accomplishment.
They have tried this enough times
that finally the day came
where one of them managed to escape detection,
slipping past us into the front yard.
My wife was the first to notice, but not until the following morning.
She walked around the house with a can of tuna,
then outside the house.
Finally the cat appeared, covered in cobwebs while trying to seek shelter
from the elements.
We’re not all that different from out feline friends.
We go against ourselves, telling ourselves we are this or that
when we’re not.
God entertains us for a time,
but eventually the truth hits the fan.
And we wander back a little wiser,
with our own tale of woe to tell.
Still, God is patient and kind and has a can of tuna ready.
We’re His after all.
He always is glad to see us return.
After all the explorations and explanations,
I return to the Simple Gospel,
the pure and wonderful name of Jesus.
O how He sustains me,
even unto the end of all things.
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Bless you all!
Here we are
standing on your balcony
singing gospel songs
across the valley
Old memories hang
like the raincloud overhead.
We sing to overcome their sadness.
We raise our voices high above
to the heavenlies.
We sing sweet harmonies
because it brings us joy.
We met outside church,
you sang those songs you wrote with an old country twang
Susan gave you her coat
Katie and I drove you to Ingles
We talked about God and Jesus and YouTube
You bought us cookies and Coca Cola
and then we dropped you off
outside Homeward Bound.
At the time we met,
you were thinking of driving out to California,
but I’m glad you’re thinking about staying.
The world needs more people like you.