Searching For God

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Here’s a promise I read this morning:

"…you, O Lord, do not abandon those who search for you."  Psalm 9:10b

It begs the question, "Are we searching for Him?  Are we looking?"

God promises that if we search for Him, we’ll find.  But we have to search with our whole heart.

Jesus said that Kingdom of God is like a treasure that a man found in a field.  Having discovered it, he went and sold all he had and then bought that field. Matt 13:44

Too often, I think we tend to want the treasure but don’t want to sell all that we have.  Or, as long as the search is easy, convenient, and on our terms, we’ll take an interest in God, but otherwise, no.

Today, when the Gospel is proclaimed and we call on others to turn to Christ, many are offended.  They get upset, assuming that we are driven by arrogance and an overly narrow view.  Lord forgive us when our words or actions confirm that arrogance, and give us the grace to change!  Yet, if the Kingdom of God is a buried treasure, it seems foolish to blame God for not placing it where I want to dig. 

It seems to me we want the God that we make.  One that fits our expectations, desires, and whims.  One that conforms to our terms and reinforces our ways of thinking.  God forbid that we be the ones who have to change!

When we only want a God who conforms to us, then we don’t have to look far.  Most homes have a mirror.

I’m a married man.  I searched for a spouse and I found one.  Having found her, the pursuit is not over.  I endeavor to seek a deeper, more intimate and heartfelt relationship everyday.  Over the years, as I look back, I find I am experiencing that very thing.  It is much the same with God.  Having giving my life to Christ, my search only intensifies: that I would know Him more, that I would catch a greater glimpse of the infinite God and fall all the more deeply in love.

Lord, help us not to be satisfied by anything other than truly You!  Give us the tenacity to pursue You with all that we are and to readily let go of all that stands in the way of finding You and being with You.

 

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The Church Institution

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There’s a an old joke that says something like:  "Marriage is a wonderful institution established by God.  But then again, who wants to be in an institution?"

Some might say the same about the institutional church.

The Importance of Friendship Revisited

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I have spent a lot of time lately thinking about this post from three and 1/2 years ago.

It’s the issue that simply does not go away for me.

And I think we all have completely underestimated it’s importance. 

Especially in the Church.

And without it, we should question whether we are the Church at all.

It’s A Brand New Year

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And so 2009 has arrived.

I get the feeling that this year will involve a lot of change.  Personal change, I mean.

I want to be sharper, less scattered;
  more physically active, less massive;
  more spiritually alive, less influenced by the system; 
  more connected to friends and family, less self-absorbed;
  more studied, less ignorant;
  more engaged in my strengths, less destracted by my weaknesses;
  more at peace, less conflicted;
  more an extension of peace, less a contributor to dischord;
  more focused on opportunities, less hindered by setbacks.

There’s probably more to say here…my list is certainly not exhaustive.

Every journey starts with a step. 

I’m taking mine today.

You?

The Leaving

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    Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness.  And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death—even death on a cross!
   Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. 
  Philippians 2:5-11

     At this time of year, we focus on the coming of Jesus to our world.  Although many others have written recently (and so well!) on various aspects of His coming, I wanted to add at least one more thought.  In order for Him to come here, He had to leave somewhere else.