11 April 2014

This 'n' That

photo credit: roseannadana via photopin cc
I hate to jinx it, but I think it's finally safe to say that Spring is here. Wait a second while I go check to make sure it didn't start snowing after I wrote that. Nope! Sun is still shining (and for those of you who are panicking, don't worry, I don't actually believe in jinxes).

I love Spring. The allergies I could do without, but in general, Spring and Fall are my two favorite seasons. There's something about the bright colors that start to arrive in late March and April that just makes everything seem a bit lighter, even if life is still delivering trials. By far the things that bring me the most joy in this all-too-brief season are the scintillating songs of the birds (yes, I alliterated on purpose) and the brilliant beauty of the flowers. Over the past couple of weeks in particular, I have noticed day after day the magnificence of daffodils.

They seem to be everywhere—not just in the neighbor's landscaping, but along the side of the road. And not merely along well manicured highways, either. The streets I drive are far from glamorous. Run-down and dirty would be two words that are far more appropriate. Yet a few days ago, as I turned a familiar corner that is decorated by weeds and trash, I noticed another gem: daffodils. There, in the middle of french fry wrappers and cigarette butts was a random, wonderful clump of daffodils. Perhaps they are wild. Perhaps they are the last remaining vestiges of city council efforts from days long ago. Regardless of how they originally were planted, the fact remains that they are God's creation and they are stunning.

God creates beauty even in the midst of ugliness. Whether it is a trial of persecution or pain, or even bearing the consequences of your own sin, He causes all things to work together for the good of those who love Him and who are called according to His purpose. And the ultimate picture of beauty amid sin? The cross. Surrounded by scoffing and mocking, hate and spite, there bled Jesus Christ, Lord of all. Is there a more beautiful reality than the atoning sacrifice of our Lord and Savior dying for our ugly, wretched, wicked, sins? Is there anything more glorious, more indescribable than redemption? Is there anything more precious than the blood of Christ?

Well, perhaps that was not my most skillful segue, but it mimics the randomness of my thoughts this week. I hope you'll take notice of the beauty of God's creation in the coming days. Even more, I hope you'll not forget to look to the cross and to the One whose righteousness has been imputed to you so that the ugly death of sin would not stain your soul.

With that, I also hope you enjoy your week in review (kind of):

  • It's always a sad thing when a pastor falls. This week, Calvary Chapel pastor Bob Coy resigned as senior pastor of Calvary Chapel Fort Lauderdale, citing moral failure. If you're not familiar with Coy, we last mentioned him here at DNBS.
  • Speaking of resignations, one World Vision board member has resigned after the entity reversed its policy regarding hiring employees in same-sex marriages. So…am I the only one who is wondering why she didn't seem to have a problem for the 2 years she served on the board with the same policy in place?
  • Rob Bell is going on tour with Oprah.
  • I was going to make a comment about the validity of so-called 'prophetic words' from a man who dares to wear red skinny jeans, but I don't want to be mean.
  • After reading this review of Noah, written by Tom Patton, who is the Pastor of Congregational Care at Grace Community Church, I am convinced that Patton needs his own blog. I want to read more stuff like this.
  • Fred Butler has given us the review of chapter 10 of Authentic Fire, the last in what has been a helpful series. We thank Fred Butler and Lyndon Unger for all the hard work they've done on this review in these past weeks.
  • The audiobook of Truth of the Cross by R.C. Sproul is free through the month of April.
  • Here's your weekly dose of adorable.
  • Argh. Now I'm hungry for graham crackers and I feel like I should buy Keebler instead.
  • Ten years later, Colton Burpo still thinks he went to heaven.
  • I wonder if CNN knows that when they condemn Islamic child marriage as "inhumane and cruel," they really are condemning Muhammad and Allah.
  • 'Miracle tears' from a statue of Mary! Wow, that's so believable, so real!
  • If you haven't already, you need to read Justin Peters' testimony. Wow, can I ever identify with him! False conversion is a scary, all-too-prevalent thing.
  • Julia at Steak and a Bible reviews Jay Bakker's latest book.
  • The reconciling gospel:

1 comment:

  1. I agree with Justin Peters on suggesting John MacArthur's book, "Saved Without a Doubt". I read it and knew the Lord Jesus had chosen me. I thought I was saved way back when I was a sixth grader, but it was a "works salvation". Praise the Lord I know what I know now through solid Bible teaching and personal Bible study and great resources. Jesus gives me all that I need through His Word!

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