A collection of i thoughts
ideas, and illustrations to encourage readers to look up and to discover or rediscover the goodness and greatness of God
Why I said "Yes" to Jesus
I closely examined and considered His claims, character, conduct. I pondered the paradox of the cross and responded to power of His call. I found His influence on world history and upon my own heart to be indelible, His character impeccable, courage invincible, words imperishable, His love immeasurable and kindness incredible. He said He was the Way, and I believe Him. For the sinner, He is the way “out,” for the seeker, the way “in.” For the fallen, He is the way “up.” For those gone astray, He is the way “back.” For the lost He is the way “home.” He is the Highway, the Freeway, the Narrow Way, and the Only Way. He also said that He is the Truth and I believe the Truth. As Truth, His words were unvarnished as well as untarnished. Truth is untainted, untangled, and without shadow of turning. Truth is “what is,” and Jesus is the “I Am.” Truth is the plumb line, the straight edge, the fulcrum and the tip of the spear. He also said He is Life. He offers to all who believe in Him, New, Abundant, and Eternal life. He was, by His enemies vilified, by birth and life qualified, by prophecy crucified, resurrection justified, and by His ascension glorified. He is the center, the source and the force of my faith. He is my Savior and Lord. Two Thousand years ago He came, He Became, He Overcame, and He said He is Coming Again. Perhaps Today. -id
God changes not. Kingdoms rise and fall, Kings come and go. “The wind bloweth where it listeth,” but there is also a time for every season. Men may try to cancel culture and even crucify Christ, but they cannot keep him from keeping his word. Jesus said, “Destroy this temple, and in three days, I will raise it up.” Destroy this temple? That’s madness. Three days without Christ, that’s sadness. I will raise it up, that’s gladness. 2020 has involved a good deal of madness and sadness, but God’s plans are unfolding as a blossom and flower of his design. Fill your hearts with gladness. Jesus said, “Scripture cannot be broken.” Hammer away, ye hostile hands, your hammers break, God’s anvil stands. “Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.” 2020 may have had its disappointments and chaos; mobs may fill the streets. What would Jesus say? My guess is, “What is that to thee? follow thou me.” (Jn. 21:22). Don't enter 2021 without Him leading the way. -id
Night of the Broken Glass
Soul Keepers Life is a stewardship
Herod should have dropped what he had been doing and walked barefoot to Bethlehem. He should have left his crown as the woman at the well left her water pot and found the fountain of life. Herod should have climbed down from his Sycamore like Zacchaeus and with the wise men, worship the Prince of Peace. He, like every sinner, was a fool. As were we until we saw the light. The Bible is filled with Wise men who were simply following the word of God to Jesus.