When Loss Is Heavy

When loss is heavy, winter lingers

Though the buds emerge, the blossoms seem burdened 

Cold creeps into the crevices as the mind shifts images

A dusting of snow intensifies the shadows, while unkempt thoughts clutter the recesses

Yet the Spring will emerge in fullness, as memories succumb to willed forgetfulness 

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Dance with Me, Father!

[Reposted in memory of my Dad  (1943-2016) who is now dancing through the universe with our heavenly Father] Dance with me, Father! Let me stand on your feet as we twirl through the universe. Let u…

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The Grand Conclusion

Paul sums up his discussion about Jesus and what Father has done for us at the end of Romans 8. But I believe it, also, beautifully summarizes the message of the entire Bible. 

(Scripture excerpts from Romans 8:31-39 from The Passion Translation)

So what does all this mean?

Who then could ever stand against us?

Absolutely no one! 

Because God has proved his love by giving his greatest treasure, the gift of his son. 

Who then would dare to accuse those who God has chosen in love to be his?

Absolutely no one! 

Because God himself issued his final verdict – not guilty!

Who then is left to condemn us?

Absolutely no one!  

Because Jesus died for us and is continually praying for our triumph. 

Who then could ever separate us from the endless love of God’s Annointed One?

Absolutely no one!  

Because nothing in the universe has the power to diminish his love toward us.

Are You Digging Up A Corpse?

corpseRomans 6: 1-11 (ESV)

“What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound? By no means! How can we who died to sin still live in it? Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life.

For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we shall certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his. We know that our old self was crucified with him in order that the body of sin might be brought to nothing, so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin. For one who has died has been set free from sin. Now if we have died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. We know that Christ, being raised from the dead, will never die again; death no longer has dominion over him. For the death he died he died to sin, once for all, but the life he lives he lives to God. So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus.”

Roman 6 clearly states that we died with Christ. Our former self was crucified with Christ. Basically our former sinful self was killed and buried. Once someone dies, he no longer belongs to his former master. He can no longer be punished for former misdeeds. A dead person no longer transgresses.

So with Christ we were crucified and died. Then a new man was put in our place. The new man is not sold as a slave to sin. The new man has been bought by Jesus Christ. Because the new man belongs to Jesus, the new man is a slave to righteousness.

So here is the question… Are we digging up a corpse?

Lack of victory in our walk with Christ could be a sign that we are carrying a corpse around.

Paul says, “You must see yourselves as being dead to sin but alive for God in Christ Jesus” (Romans 6:11 NJB).

Sometimes we read scripture like Romans 6 and water it down by making it completely symbolic. But it is not just symbolic. We were baptized into Christ’s death and were thus buried with him (our water baptism is a picture of this). The self belonging to sin was destroyed, and we are freed from the slavery of sin. We live a new life in Christ Jesus. This is a kingdom REALITY. We must literally see ourselves this way.

What are we going to choose to be –

– A new creation joined to Christ living by the law of the Spirit free from sin and death, or

– A rotten corpse spreading death and decay, a slave of sin?

Father’s desire for each of us is to choose life. He proved it when he sent his beloved son, Jesus Christ to die for us. But Christ didn’t just die for/as us. Christ arose! Christ lives so that we also can be resurrected and walk in newness of life!

God’s love is unconditional

In My Father's House

Love_cloudGod’s love is unconditional, which means it has no conditions.

You would think this is obvious and needs no further explanation since God is love, yet many Christians still struggle with this. In fact, some have even taught that God’s love depends on our response or behavior.

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Getting Started

I’ve decided that I need to start writing again.  At one time in my life, my dream was to be a writer.  That dream was set aside, because I was encouraged to be more practical.  So after many years of not writing anything except work related documents and a few Facebook posts, I am going to try to dust off those writer brain cells to see if they work.  Naturally my grammar and sentence structure have suffered years of neglect, but practice and kind feedback will surely improve them.  So my goal is to post at least one blog per week.  As the name of my blog suggests, my overall subject is the great love of our Daddy God.  My prayer is that some one will be encouraged, feel loved, encounter our savior at a deeper level, and be blessed by my simple thoughts that result when I spend time with Father.