Too Broken? Too Many Scars? Everything Comes Alive (by We Are Messengers)

 

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People said I’d never be anything.

They said I was too broken.

They said I had too many scars.

I was so dead in my sin, but when I acknowledged who I was and who God is, I came alive.

~ Darren Mulligan of We are Messengers

In 2003, Darren left his upbringing, his home country of Ireland, and his longtime girlfriend Heidi for America. He wanted to chase fame and fortune in the world of heavy rock as a guitarist. 

Heidi called him one day to tell him she’d become a Christian.

Anger filled his heart and spewed out on Heidi for three months.  [Read more…]

What If You Knew Your Life Would End Today? (Praise Picture)

What If You Knew Your Life Would End Today? (Praise Picture) CS Lewis Quote There are better things ahead than any we leave behind. Via www.JeanWilund.comOnly God can create a place so wonderful you don’t want to leave but still pales in comparison to where you’re going.

And even though you know it, you still don’t want to leave here to go there . . .  yet.

There are better things ahead than any we leave behind. (CS Lewis)

But reservations are required to go there before you leave here. Romans 10:8-13.

Don’t delay. Call on the name of Jesus Christ because heaven is not here, and you’re not getting there without Him.

Now go and enjoy here today.

It’s a wonderful day to be alive!

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The River (by Jordan Feliz) Monday Music

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I know a place where I found peace.

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. ~ John 14:27

I know a place where I found rest. 

Be still and know that I am God. ~ Psalm 46:10

I know a place where I found mercy.

The Lord’s lovingkindnesses indeed never cease,
For His compassions never fail.
They are new every morning;
Great is Your faithfulness.
~ Lamentations 3:22-23
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Lift Your Head Weary Sinner (Chains) by Crowder ~ Monday Music

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It’s human nature to run from God.

It’s God’s nature to run after us.

We build a fortress to keep Him away.

If we let Him too close, our walls would crumble.

We avoid His Word. It speaks of His great love for us. 

It draws us. We don’t dare open it.

We try to outrun God.

But He’s the Hound of heaven. His love will hunt us down. [Read more…]

Down, But Not Out! Listen to “Grace Wins” by Matthew West ~ Monday Music

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God isn’t always fair.

If He were, we’d be sunk.

A friend once told me he feels he’s lived a pretty good life and on that basis, he ought to go to heaven.

“If that’s not good enough for God,” he told me, “then God isn’t fair, and He can just keep His heaven.”

That statement is both heartbreaking and ironic.  [Read more…]

That Was Then, This is Now! (by Josh Wilson) ~ Monday Music

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Sometimes you’ve just gotta say, “Amen!”

Josh Wilson’s song That Was Then, This is Now is one of those times. 

AMEN!

We get used to the dark, but the Light shows us where we’re really living.  [Read more…]

I’m Running Wild & Loving It! “Deliverer” by Matt Maher (Monday Music)

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Guilty but free!

Running wild and loving it! 

I’m as guilty as fire is hot, but I’m not getting burned.

I’m running wild and free like a child set loose in Disney World waving my pass that gets me to the front of the line.

It really is that great.

Living over 50 years has allowed me to rack up more than a few sins.

Some are quite serious, but I don’t want to talk about them. God’s not remembering them against me. Why should I pull them back up?

I can’t even begin to express the freedom I feel from being delivered from the crushing weight of those gnarly sins.

It’s like I’ve been given spiritual immunity. That’s way better than diplomatic immunity.

No one can get more free than me. You can get as free as me, but not more free. 

In fact, right now if I were to reach out and pop you in the nose, I wouldn’t be held guilty by God. [Read more…]

Are You Ready for the Best Day EVER? “Even So Come” by Kristian Stanfill (Monday Music)

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598 days.

598 tormentingly long days, but it finally came. 

That’s 14,352 hours.

861,120 minutes.

51,667,200 seconds.

598 days ago my son Bobby proposed to the love of his life, Kaitlyn.

Then they waited . . .

and waited . . .

and waited for their wedding day to come.

It’s not easy for the bride to wait for her groom — or for the groom to wait for his bride! 

But when the day finally came, WOW! What a glorious day it was.

Bobby and Kaitlyn got married in a majestic setting in Black Mountain, NC.

As the service was about to begin, I walked outside with the wedding party and saw so many of our friends and family waiting for us. My heart was overwhelmed.

All I could think was, “It’s really happening! Right now! This is the moment we’ve waited for so long, and it’s actually, truly happening.” Tears flowed with overwhelming joy.

When the time came, and the music started, Bobby stood at the front, his eyes locked on his love, his beautiful bride, Kaitlyn.

The long wait was over, joy complete. They finally became man and wife.

God, in His sheer genius-ness, gave us this incredible relationship not just for our joy, but also to give us a picture of our relationship with Christ.

All who’ve trusted in Christ for salvation are His Bride. And one day our Bridegroom will come for us. 

The disciples wrote in the first century that Jesus is coming soon.

We’re still waiting, and He’s still coming.

He won’t be one second late.

“He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen.
Even so, come, Lord Jesus.”
~ Revelation 22:20, KJV

But waiting can be so hard.

During those longs days of waiting, Kaitlyn stayed busy getting herself ready for the day. She bought a gorgeous dress and planned the most lovely service.

But that’s not the most important work she did.

Most of all, Kaitlyn focused on devoting her heart to her ultimate Bridegroom, Christ, so that she can best love her earthly groom.

She sought to let Christ mold her into the bride God desired her to be for Bobby.

Bobby, too, looked to Christ to shape him into the groom she needs and wants. Through Christ, he prepared himself for her.

Time waiting is not time wasted. It’s life transforming.

Yes, we’re waiting for what feels eternity for Christ to come for His Bride, but it’s not time wasted. There’s still a world full of people who are not ready. When He comes, it will be too late for them to get ready then.

Now is the time. Jesus is coming. Maybe in a thousand years. Maybe tomorrow. But He’s coming.

Who will be ready?

Don’t waste this waiting time. Get ready. Place your faith in Christ, the Bridegroom, today.

And when He comes, for all who are ready, it will be the best day EVER!

Kristian Stanfill’s song “Even So Come,” perfectly portrays this message and my heart today, two days after my son received his bride.

Come, celebrate with our family over the marriage of our son and his bride, Bobby & Kaitlyn. And get ready for the day when our Bridegroom Jesus Christ will come for us, His bride.

Even so come!


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