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Taste and See

In Psalm 34:8 the Psalmist tells us to taste and see that the Lord is good. Knowing the goodness of God intellectually is not enough.  We are encouraged to use our senses to take in the fullness of the goodness of God.  Our finite minds need help to experience the fullness of God.  God’s goodness is far beyond man’s ability to reason.   We will never comprehend God’s goodness without experiencing Him in a similar way that we taste and smell, touch and see.  In the same way that our senses help us experience the realities in this world, so we develop spiritual senses beyond the capacity of our intellect to connect to the goodness of God. I experienced this in a big way during a week I spent ministering to women who live with little exposure to physical beauty.  I was welcomed to their dark homes located near a large dump.  Some homes retained the same overcast of dust and dirt that was on the outside.  Others felt light and happy.  The difference was the presence of God’s love.  Every…

Too Good To Be True

The gospel is definitely too good to be true, but the reality is that it is! I have been caught up in a scam as I attempted to sell a piano on-line.  The purchaser did not want to bring cash but insisted on sending a check.  He was okay if I would wait until the check cleared my bank to complete the transaction.  I thought it was strange; but when I finally received the check and discovered that it was written for more than double the cost I had asked, I knew something was sketchy.  It was too good to be true that someone was willing to pay so much more than the asking price.  A friend told me to google that scam, and I found out it was a common occurrence. Skepticism is vital in the world we live in.                So what about the too-good-to-be-true Gospel?  This scam depended on my greed to find a way to bank some extra cash, but how does that small scam compare to my entire debt of sin being paid for completely by my lack of skepticism?  Purely by faith every unh…

No One Can Boast

I just love this truth about true Christianity.  I have no room to boast.  The longer I am a Christian, the more amazing experiences I have with Christ, the more I realize that this fact is absolutely true.                Do you ever look at yourself and wonder: Was that really me?  Did I really think that way?  Did I actually write that?  Did I stop obsessing over that person who wronged me?  Did I love my enemy sincerely and honestly from my heart?  If you can live out the Christian life without being amazed at yourself, then I’m not sure that what you are living is truly the Christian life.                It is definitely not about me and about what I can do.  God seems to call me to experiences far beyond my human limitations.  Every time I am used by Him in this world, I am even more amazed by what a powerful God He is.  If He can overcome my utterly selfish nature and allow me to give beyond myself to another human being, then He is certainly a powerful God.                Thi…

Glory to Glory

Lent and Easter are over for this year.  What effect have they had on your life?  How will you become more glorious by Easter next year?  Jesus lived His life focused on gaining the glory of Easter.  He tells us to follow Him and do as He does.                 Romans 2:7 describes our life as Christians: To those who by persistence in doing good seek glory, honor and immortality, he will give eternal life.  The evidence of the glory of Easter will show up in your life by your persistence in doing good.                 How do you know if what you are doing is good?  You can evaluate the deeds you do by whether they bring glory and honor and have eternal significance.  Jesus lived His life focused on glorifying God.  This brought life to Him.  Where is the glory of God displayed in your life?  I have a hint.  Look for the places that you would least expect God to receive glory.  That is usually the place where He receives the most glory in your life.  Jesus met a blind …