Through Rose Coloured Glasses

Written by: Phil Zinck

My mom loves me. And I love her.

But if we were to measure the extent of love by the expression of affection then she loves me more than I her. It’s not even close. Every time we speak she addresses me as if we hadn’t spoken for ages. When we meet (which is less often) she welcomes me with open arms, a big hug and a “love you dear”.

And when she speaks of me to others her expressions of pride in who she sees me to be is – well, frankly, a bit embarrassing. Not just because I don’t like attention but because I know me better than she, and know that I was not and am not the “perfect angel” that she portrays me to be. So we banter, which inevitably ends with me saying “mom, you gotta throw out those rose coloured glasses!” to which she replies softly, with that loving twinkle in her eye, “Never”.

To be honest, it’s kinda cool that mom feels this way toward me. What is most humbling, though, is that I know that she knows that I am human with human struggles and failings yet her heart is to look through and beyond all of that stuff and say “Never”.

You see, “Never” to mom means “I love you and accept you, regardless. You are my son who is worthy of my love and affection”.

Yet such love from a mother to her son is but a mere shadow of the love that God has for each and every one of us. Where my mom knows that I am not perfect, God knows the dark and dirty details of my imperfection that no one sees. And still His love is such that He freely offered up Himself as the living, eternal payment for our sins and failings – the perfect, eternal sacrifice, asking only that we accept this gift and live a life bringing honour and glory to Him as our Lord who has saved us from ourselves, despite ourselves. Such an amazing gift!

Does God see us through rose coloured glasses? Absolutely!!! When we accept this amazing gift He sees us through His eternal sacrifice as holy, blameless, without blemish or imperfection (Eph 5:27; Col 1:21,22), still knowing that we are often to blame when we stumble, knowing that we come with are riddled with imperfections.

Are you feeling defeated?

Your failings too egregious to be forgiven?

Take Heart!!!

For as hopeless as we may see our battle against our sinful nature and wonder if He will soon tire of us and our failings, He still sees us as His own sons and daughters, not deserving but receiving unmerited favour, unfailing love (Ps 33:18-32), as through rose coloured glasses.

Our loving Father, looking on us with a twinkle in His eye, saying “Never”.

And that is REALLY cool!!

Holy Week — Amazing Grace

Written by: Phil Zinck

Amazing Grace
How sweet the sound that saved
a wretch
Like me.

Wretched. What a word.
Images of vile, evil,
Despicable ways – that’s not me!
Pitiful, Worthless, not worthy of grace or mercy;
That can’t be me!
I’m good most days, as good as can be
Yet when I stop and get
Outside of myself I see
That who I really am.

I once was lost . . .

I come by it honestly, if that matters,
From the very beginning
when the selfish act
Of one man set humanity on a hopeless track
To somewhere, nowhere, can’t get there, can’t get back.

And so I do
As all others have, trying to correct
The sins of the father by
Doing good for others because I am good.
Doing the right thing because I am good.
People love me, or if not they should
Because I want to be good.

But they don’t, and I’m not, because
it’s all about me.
There’s gotta be more, if I’m going to be free.

“. . . But now I’m found . . .”

That was me.
That could still be me,
But I choose to honour He
Who gave His life to be

My Freedom.
Because of He.
It should have been me,
Taking responsibility,
But it’s bigger, you see,
than you, than me, than we.
And so He,
One man, one time, for once and forever,
Death defeated,
My chains severed.
Forgiveness secured, Hope restored,
True life assured,
all for love.

For true love is love in spite of my weakness,
no need to impress
but to acknowledge, confess
that my life now and after rests in
Unmerited favour,
Paid with His life, the gift of our Saviour.

. . . ‘‘Twas blind but now I see.”

Such love, such mercy, Waiting to hear
the bleat of the lamb from nowhere near whose cries in darkness scream “Saviour I come!!!”
And He comes, He finds us, in compassion and care and says

“You sought Me, you found Me,
Don’t worry don’t fear”.

And so I am His, He is mine.
I’ll never truly understand how I fit His design
nor the depths of love no words can explain
but with faith in This truth I will humbly proclaim

My chains are gone, I’ve been set free,
Unending love, Amazing Grace”.

 

Phil thanks God everyday for His perfect life partner in Doretta Zinck and their two amazing daughters who are living their lives as young women desiring to serve Him in their own unique and special way. Forever Nova Scotian, living in Newfoundland, Phil uses his own blog to share words of encouragement, with the occasional dusting of humour http://phlipper1963.tumblr.com. He is all about the bass, donairs (as only Nova Scotia can!) and all things Leafs!

Cedar Panels Don’t Make A King – Be Just In All Our Ways

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The rule of King Jehoiakim is documented in several books of the Bible. In all accounts he was a lousy king. He attempted to establish a long and lasting tenure as king by building a lavish palace through oppression, fraud and other injustices on the people of Israel. An opposite in almost every way to his father, King Josiah, who “. . . Did what was right in the eyes of the Lord . . .” (2 Kin 22:2) and ruled God’s people with justice and integrity in the pursuit of holiness. The culmination of the Godless reign of Jehoiakim is documented in the book of Jeremiah Chapter 22. Like a judge dispensing his sentence to a convicted criminal, Jeremiah recount the evil in Jehoiakim’s attempts to secure wealth, prosperity and a long tenure as king.

One simple statement in verse 15 sums up succinctly Jeremiah’s damning indictment:
But a beautiful cedar palace does not make a great king!” (NLT). Great kings in the eyes of the Lord are remembered as men who were focused solely on bringing glory, honour and praise to the Most High God in all things and not on the splendour and opulence of their palace and possessions. Jehoiakim was trying to use a great and magnificent palace to mask his weakness as a man after his own heart, a man of poor moral fibre and weak character.

In Matthew 5:6 the writer penned the 4th of Christ’s “tough love” challenges known as the Beatitudes:”God blesses those who hunger and thirst for justice (righteousness – NKJV), for they will be satisfied.” (NLT). Hunger, thirst; desperate, unrelenting pursuit fuelled by the desire to not just sample or experience righteousness, holiness, but to possess it. Or more aptly stated, to have it possess them. The contrast between Kings Josiah and Jehoiakim could not be more plainly revealed than when measured against these words of Christ.

Now let’s fast forward to our lives today, immersed in a Christian culture that proclaims our desire to pursue holiness, righteousness and justice in word and song on Sunday. But how does this fervour, this resolve, this holy pursuit resolve play out on Monday?

The pursuit of righteousness and holiness or the passion to allow these to possess us is inextricably intertwined with the heart-n-soul commitment to exercise justice in all things. Now I don’t think that I’m out on a limb to say that the big, hard core issues of injustice such as human trafficking, dictatorial oppression or abuse of any kind are an affront to the moral code of your soul and spirit. But what about the softer areas of injustice which present themselves to each and every one of us, every day? Like when the cashier at your grocery store gives you an extra $20 change or inadvertently discounts a product in your basket by mistake? When it comes to financial stewardship I am sure that you, like me, are astute when it comes to being overcharged or short-changed, but do we always correct the same errors when they benefit our side of the ledger? Is that hungering for righteousness?

Or when someone eats a large portion of their restaurant meal only to send it back because they found it to be “unsatisfactory” and ask for a new dinner or refund? Flagging a problem one or two bites is sometimes necessary, but after you’ve picked the T-bone clean? Sadly, I have heard brothers in Christ brag about such an experience with satisfaction and pride. Is that thirsting for righteousness?

What about those times when you have an opportunity to get back at someone who did you wrong and you let ’em have it. Feeling absolutely justified in our actions you savour the sweetness of revenge, but is this attitude or response consistent with the message of unconditional love that Christ spoke of in the second greatest commandments – to love our neighbour as ourselves (Matt 22:39)?

You see, just as “Cedar planks do not make a great King“, our pursuit of righteousness and justice is just a false front if we are unwilling to do the right thing at all times in our everyday. The purity of our pursuit for holiness and righteousness cannot be measure by how it looks but how it’s lived. Let’s live everyday possessed with the passion to “. . . to act with justice, to treasure the LORD’s gracious love, and to walk humbly in the company of your God.” (Mic 6:8, ISV)

“To Be” and not “To Do” – Keepin’ it Simple.

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“Just because you can doesn’t mean you should.” I don’t know who coined this phrase, but I’ve been using it as part of my regular re-calibration of my priorities and my relationship with God.

“The Shoulds”. That addictive attitude that derives self-value from gaining approval and praise from others through over-commitment, over-promising and (ultimately) under-delivering. The Shoulds are a cornerstone to Satan’s devious strategy to entice us with the counterfeit truth that “busy-ness with commitment” is better than “Godliness with contentment”.

And he’s doing a fantastic job at it!! With the advances in technology we are able to accomplish in a morning what would-have-been taken an 8 hour day, but instead of resting in benefits of that we fill our 8 hour day with 16 hours worth of work. Who saw that coming??

Multi-tasking at work, at home, at church. Touching everything but not doing any one thing really well. We can’t focus our efforts for too long on a single task lest we fall too far behind on everything else and sink, like a bullfrog on a lily-pad.

Overworked

Over-stressed

Under-nourished,

sleep-deprived,

all with the façade of “I’m doing great, living the dream”. More like a nightmare at times if we are truly honest.
Ahh, but then there’s the church. Our sanctuary of peace and serenity, where we can focus our spirit on listening to hear God’s voice. Our shelter in a time of storm.

Until that Sunday morning when that tearful plea pours from the pulpit for Sunday School teachers, worship leaders, youth chaperones, all which – of course – we are eminently qualified for, and before we know it we are hopping like mad from lily pad to lily pad. Once again we’ve embraced the counterfeit message of Satan that a genuine relationship with God is measured by all that we do on His behalf. And even more insidious, by keeping ourselves “all about the mission” we invariably find ourselves distant and disconnected from the One who gives purpose, meaning and passion to be “on mission.”

God’s unique and individual calling on your life and mine is a delicate balance between “to do” with “to be”. Our faith is a call to action, to DO the work of a disciple of the cause of Christ in word and deed through our willingness to BE salt and light, to BE His hand extended, to BE a conduit for His light to pierce the darkness (John 1:5), underpinned by an unquenchable desire to BE in close commune with Him where The Holy Spirit restores our faith in the one, sovereign God who cares, listens and responds to those whose passion is to bring glory, honour and praise to His name in all of our “being” and “doing” (Heb 11:6).

Let’s be busy in our pursuit to know the passion behind the mission. Let’s commit to intentional quality time as times “to be” restoring our faith as we seek His face. Let’s rest in the assurance that He will show us the “do”. And let’s commit to keeping these priorities straight!!

{Online Book Study} Too Much Goes Unsaid

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Birthdays.

We all have them, every year, and have God to thank each time they roll around. I had my 53rd recently. No big deal; 53 is not a special number, just another prime number with no sexy or spiritually metaphoric spin. One of those numbers that once paralyzed baristas in the new era of copper-less currency (is it 50 cents or 55 cents?) until they programmed the cash registers to do the hard math.

But still, it was my day, so I relished the well wishes that flooded social media for a couple of hours from true friends and followers. And while many were expressing hope that I would have a great day, some people actually took time to reflect on our relationship and offered true words of encouragement.

I read some of these testimonies to my wife as we were enjoying our Sunday morning coffee. After a brief period of silence, my wife made a simple yet powerful observation: “those are great words of encouragement, Phil, but just think how much more meaningful and life changing those words could be if they were spoken. How many people out there are craving affirmation and acceptance yet never hear such words that could make all the difference in their world?

Too much goes unsaid.

My mind went to Matthew 5:13, 14 where Christ exhorts the disciples to personify a life committed to the cause of Christ, anchored in the promise of salvation and a life eternal, both in word (salt), actions and deeds (light).To manifest the power of salvation in word is to speak into the lives of others in every situation, not from the finite reservoir of our human understanding, empathy or intelligence but from the infinite, limitless reservoir that is the saving Grace of our Lord and Saviour. And when we proclaim the power that is His name we open the door to the infinite, limitless possibilities for God “. . . through His might power at work within us, to accomplish more than we might ask or think.” (Eph 3:20, NLT).

There is a popular quote attributed to St Francis of Assisi states “Preach the Gospel at all times. Use words if necessary.” While there is truth in this statement it can (and dare I say, HAS) become an excuse in many circles for “live a good life so people will see goodness” in place of proclaiming the power that comes from speaking His name into any situation. After all, it’s easy to live a good life as measured by world standards, but takes courage, compassion and commitment to be the voice that speaks into the darkness the power of salvation through the name of Jesus. Showing our faith is a must, but it will be found lacking without proclaiming its source. We need to do both. We need to live both.

The group “Jesus Culture” has written a power song “Break Every Chain” that magnifies and lifts up above all else the power that is the Name of Jesus:

There is power in the name of Jesus,
There is power in the name of Jesus,
There is power in the name of Jesus,
To break every chain,
Break every chain,
Break every chain.”

In Chapter 6 of Priscilla Shirer’s book “God is Able” she reflects on the Apostle Paul’s time in prison where he declared in song (his “prison doxology”) that despite his chains, he believes in the power that reigns in proclaiming the name of Jesus Christ.

The good news is that this power reigns today and changes lives today. We must speak into any situation the name of Jesus –

Speak salvation in the name of Jesus,
Speak forgiveness in the name of Jesus,
Speak hope in the name of Jesus,
Speak restoration in the name of Jesus,
Speak peace in the name of Jesus –

and believe that the power that lives in the name of Jesus will break every chain. It’s not up to us to create change; that is what the Holy Spirit does best. Ours is to speak, to proclaim, to lift above any other name, the name of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.

Let’s live, like “a beacon on the hill”, and proclaim, in the Name of Jesus, a life that manifests the greatness of God’s grace in His gift of salvation, in every situation, in every opportunity.

{Online Book Study} I’m no Artist!! Learning to Rest

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Recently, when I read the Chapter “Truth” in Priscilla Shirer’s book my mind went back almost one year when my wife and I were in the final throes of moving back to Halifax. In two years we had uprooted ourselves for a new adventure – living away – only to have the term cut short and find ourselves moving back.

Yes, it’s great to be back home, but I was just getting into a groove with my routine away when work needs caused me to return home. I was involved in an international gospel choir (“the pale white guy playing the bass” as the guys in the choir would quip!), enjoying the company of my work mates and building relationships with neighbours and our church community.

So on that moving day some 11 months ago, with our belongings packed up in a truck, we decided to counterbalance the anxiety of yet another move and enjoy – for one last time – a caffeine fix at our favourite café.

As we sat in silence with lattes in hand I could not help but cry out (in my head) “God, what in the blazes is going on? What are you doing with us?” and as if on cue, the Holy Spirit impressed on my mind a simple yet powerful message of assurance:

Rest in My Promise.

He reminded me of the words of Christ to His disciples in Matthew 6:19-34 that His Father wants complete dependence on Him for all of our worldly, daily cares. Verse 24 of the New Living Translation reads “No one can serve two masters. For you will hate one and love the other; you will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and be enslaved to money.

That is none too subtle. But it does not end there; He does not merely command us to ignore the trappings and circumstances of life with a glib “don’t worry, just be happy” but instead He – the Holy Sovereign God – makes a covenant with all who will heed His words and rest in His promise that He will provide. The Message in verse 34 succinctly captures this covenant:

“Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now, and don’t get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow. God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes.

Rest in My Promise.

That moment inspired me to pen the following word which I share with you in the hopes that you will find peace and comfort in His promise, and that in your tough times you will remember to rest in His promise.

Left one empty house,


Walkin’ into another.

Our stuff


in a truck, 


Somewhere between here


and there.

It took months to get into a groove

and now, again, a do-over, a move.

Roots started to take, 
Now pulled up to be transplanted – again.

From the outside looking back,


Analyze the facts,


A mess of random acts
,

With no obvious thread or logical link to any sort of plan.

What am I doing this for? When will I be able to just, simply, settle?

Self preservation cries out – GOD, WHAT’S THE PLAN? WHY CAN’T YOU JUST LET ME SETTLE???

FINALLY.

The right question, to the Right One who has the Right Answer.

For it’s then that He reminds me of the futility in striving to fix my situation or to understand every reason and purpose using my limited, temporal reasoning and imagination – Like trying to paint a brilliant sunset using a monochromatic palette of whites and greys.

And it’s only then that the peace that cannot be explained gently takes the brush from my hand, and using the same palette with my life as His canvas create splashes of sunset colours that I could never imagine.

In that same way I can never begin to understand what God has planned

For you,

For me,

but I can rest
 in the knowledge that He does.                                    

It’s enough for me to rest.


It’s up to ME to rest.

{Online Book Study} Allies to Adversaries: The Pandemic of a Distracted Church

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“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven” (New King James Version)

The Brexit drama has more twists and turns than the most pathetic of soap operas. Colleagues become enemies, power plays and back-stabbing hijack political ambition, all at the expense of a people that have no choice but to strap themselves in a ride it out.

History is replete with other examples of how allied leaders and countries over the ages have perpetuated the cycle of

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A sad commentary on the human condition. Fortunately we never see this play out in the community of faith believers that we call God’s church . . .yeah, right!!

As sad and disturbing as the stories of broken relationships on the world stage can be, even more disappointing are the hardened battle lines drawn between peoples who each proclaim to be born-again believers, committed to the cause of Christ, yet cannot seem to make room for our differences or imperfections that come with being human. We acknowledge our common belief in one sovereign God and His unmerited favour manifested in the life, death and resurrection of His Son, Jesus Christ, yet are quick to be offended, “to take up arms” in a manner-of-speaking – against our very brother or sister in Christ because of something they said or did that rubbed us the wrong way or even. We can even get our knickers in a knot over differences in small “t” theological nuances. As my friend, Pastor Phil Taylor once said, “We too often find ourselves majoring in the minors!” Regardless of the trigger, our unity of purpose, our commitment to our common goal, once again finds its normal place in the cheap seats as this counterfeit call-to-arms takes center stage once again. The pandemic of the distracted church claims another victim. If I can be honest with you, I’ve been there myself on more than one occasion and truth-be-known did not always honour God in my actions or reactions.

Meanwhile our true enemy, the prince of the power of darkness and evil and his host of armies continue to be resolute in their quest; united in purpose, committed in their goal, to steal away from our God as many souls as they can.
You see, we are all imperfect beings, all on our own journey to meet God, all trying to learn what a life the gives glory to Him should look like. So what is it about us, then, that we can be so easily distracted from our eternal purpose, so intolerant of the imperfections of those around us yet be so justifiably indignant when such intolerance to our own imperfection is thrown in our face?

Things brings me back to my opening verse, the first of 9 “tough love” challenges laid down by Jesus in His Sermon to the crowd of followers. In this verse Jesus addresses the root cause of the pandemic of the distracted church. The New Life Version translation of this verse sheds a light on what “poor in spirit” represents with my commentary in {}:

“Those who know there is nothing {naturally} good in themselves are {blessed}, because the holy nation of heaven is theirs.”

Poor in spirit. To acknowledge that there is nothing naturally good in us. To have no spiritual assets in our own strength. To see our want, lament our guilt and yearn for a Saviour. This is salvation through repentance at its core and absolutely necessary for any person to receive God’s gift of eternal salvation. But this spirit condition cannot be limited to the event of our salvation because we are helplessly human and if left unchecked will naturally revert towards selfish, arrogant pride. And that is all the enemy needs to distract the community of believers – God’s church – from our daily calling, to be salt and light to a world that desperately needs a Saviour.

A proud spirit, a distracted church. Yes, I am sure that you and I could come up with other plausible causes for the distracted church of today. Yet at the core of each possible reason we will find the absence of a poor spirit, a contrite spirit that depends solely on the mercies and grace of God and in its place a spirit of pride, arrogance and self importance. If we – if I – would only remind ourselves daily

That we are nothing without Christ (John 15:5),

That we can do amazing things for the Kingdom of God when we fully and completely rely on His saving grace (Phil. 4:13), and

That it all starts and ends with our commitment to shed the imperfections of our human nature and replace them with the pure and holy character of God (Rom 12:1-2)

then we would see advances in God’s Kingdom. For His glory and praise!!

How Does An Online Book Study Work?

I have received multiple inquiries this week as we approach the start of our Online Summer Book Study on how a book study like this actually works.

I hope these FAQ’s will help with your questions 🙂

Q: Do I need to commit to certain times?
A: No. Our study is crafted in a way that leaves room for flexibility. We understand that not everyone is available at the same time of the day and we also recognize that most people have a certain time of day that works best for them when working on their spiritual growth (…and maybe even a special place in which to do it in.) We want to encourage you to read the book, participate in discussions and journal any thoughts or revelations that you may have at a time that works best for you.

Q: What do I need in order to participate?
A: You will need the book God Is Able by Priscilla Shirer, the internet and a device to acquire our daily online study material (found on our website: weareHisdaughters.com), paper & a pen (for note taking) and a heart that desires spiritual growth.

Q: What are the fees for the Online Book Study?
We are happy to offer you participation in our study at no cost. FREE.

Q: It seems like a lot? What if I fall behind?
A: One of the beautiful things about a study like this is that you can choose to participate in whatever you wish. There will be discussion questions for you to participate in every day right on the website— you can join in whenever you wish, or not at all. There will be some extra fun things in our study group (on Facebook) during the week and we encourage you to join in and make some new friends and get to know the other ladies doing the study— but it is not required. And we have divided the book up into six sections to make studying more manageable for time.

Q: So…how exactly does it work?
A: Every Monday morning at weareHisdaughters.com (our website) there will be a teaching post from our Director of Online Book Studies; Doretta Zinck. It is here that Doretta will highlight the week’s reading schedule as well as key points to remember from the chapter(s) being covered. Doretta will also have a few discussion questions at the end of her post to start some dialog within our online community of ladies. Tuesday-Sunday, our regular writers will also be sharing thoughts on that week’s readings and will pose an additional question for contemplation and discussion at the end of their post. In addition to our weekly readings we have a private Facebook study group (https://www.facebook.com/Summeronlinebookstudy/?fref=ts) where we will socialize and nurture friendships by means of icebreakers, discussion questions, worshipping together and praying together, to name a few.

I hope that this email helps you better understand what our summer together will look like! If you haven’t signed up for our study yet, I encourage you to do so!

Much love,
Mandy Lawrence-Hill
for Team WAHD

 

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{Faith} Our God Is A Jealous God!!

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Our God is a Jealous God!!

Interesting.

Interesting how the vast majority of people – professing to be Christian or not – will respond to the question “How would you describe Jesus?” with attributes bestowed on one who was seen as good, positive, compassionate, a great role model, an all-around nice guy.

Interesting, on the other hand, when the same question is posed of God, the contrasting opinions become very obvious, very quickly. Hard lines are drawn, intolerance becomes palpable, emotions quickly bubble to the surface, and at times breach the banks of propriety.

You see, depending on which flag you sail under, God is
“Love, Faithful”;
“Cruel, Hateful”;
“Just and Right”;
“No care for my plight”;

“Ever present, Everywhere”;
“When I called out You weren’t there!!”;

But, jealous? Not an obvious or familiar word used to describe who God is.

In Exodus (Ex) 34:1-17 God once again shows mercy on the people he loves and offers to renew His covenant to bring them across the Jordan to the land he promised, driving out with extreme prejudice its current inhabitants. However, consistent with all covenants, there are expectations on His people:

Do not make peace with that which I war against, and in case this was not clear enough, make war against that which I war against. (Vs 12-14)

There can be no ambiguity, no room for compassion. The message is crystal clear; “you’re either for Me or against Me!!

For the Lord, whose name is Jealous, is a Jealous God” (Ex 34:14, NKJV)

So, He’s jealous; of what? Of whom? Obvious question, wrong preposition. It’s not what God is jealous OF rather what He is jealous FOR.

Fast forward to the New Testament and God’s ultimate demonstration of His love for us and His desire for eternal commune with all who believe.  John 3:16-17; Rom 5:8, 8:28-39; 1 John 4:16; Eph 3:17-19; and so many more. These all speak of God’s inclusive love for ALL PEOPLE, desiring our exclusive praise and worship as we accept His gift of salvation and eternal life through the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, His Son, so that He may enjoy the presence, praise and worship of His creation.
And in return for such a gift? To live a life that honours the amazing gift of grace – eternity as He knows it to be – and to worship Him as the one, holy, sovereign God.

Now here is where it gets interesting again.

For if I was to draw a parallel with the passage in Exodus 34, a life the honours God and a heart that worships His Name must also:
Not make peace with that which He saved us from (Rom 12:2; Jas 1:12-15, 4:7,8; Eph 4:21-29; and others), and for clarity,
Be intentional in our war against the evil one, against any counterfeit message of hope which will only bring death (Ps 119:11; Eph 6:10-18; 1Pet 5:8-11; 2 Tim 2:22; Jas 4:7; and others).

It’s more than our Sunday experience, more than doing good for others, more than reading and prayer. Those are all beneficial to the heart of the believer. But if we allow our hearts and minds to be drawn into desires and priorities that do not reflect a heart of thankfulness and worship due His Name then we are sharing His throne with that which is diametrically opposed to the person, the Name of the most Holy God. And He cannot share His Name with any other, for

God is a Jealous God, jealous FOR His Name!!

God can be nothing else than jealous FOR His name, because that is the essence of who He is. And none other than His Name has

The power to reveal, refine and restore a broken spirit,
The power to give hope, joy and peace,
The power to protect and provide and most of all,
The power to offer eternity to the lost, the sinner saved by grace!

Lord God, I want you to be Lord of all in my life. I want all that I say, think and do to wholly and solely bring glory to Your Name; No ambiguity; no need for interpretation. And Lord, I need you to show me in my everyday what that looks like. Amen.

{Father’s Day Week} A Salute to my Family

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“Every day is Fathers Day.” Like pretty-much every dad on the planet I’ve heard this more than once and, like every other dad, just laugh it off.

But recently I got to thinking about this and realized that it’s true. For me it is anyway.

Her husband can trust her, and she will greatly enrich his life. She brings him good, not harm,
all the days of her life.Proverbs 31/11-12 (NLT)

I get to live everyday with my perfect partner in crime (and whatever other adventure we find ourselves in) who reminds me every day in word and in deed that she loves me. And on rare occasions I feel like I deserve it.

“I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the Truth.” 3 John 1:4 (ESV)

And I get a front row seat next to my wife as we watch and celebrate the amazing individuals that our two daughters have become.  At times I have to quell the dad’s urge to coach, to correct, to do, but always happy that I didn’t when I see that, once again, they not only survive but thrive.

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And if that is not enough, a fantastic son-in-law who loves God, protects and provides for our oldest daughter and is about to become father to our first grandchild!!

No, my life isn’t perfect. I don’t live in a perfect world. But my life is pretty awesome;

Awesome because my God has been faithful to His Word as it relates to my everyday,

Awesome because I’m about to become a grandfather (we are on Day 7 of the Baby Watch)!!

Awesome because as I sit here sipping my double latte (I like the extra hit ☺), reflecting on my family and putting these thoughts to words, I can’t help but smile – and laugh a bit, but mostly smile.

So, on this Fathers Day, I salute my family. Thank you for making every day Father’s Day!

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Phil thanks God everyday for Doretta, his perfect life partner and their two amazing daughters who are living their lives as young women desiring to serve Him in their own unique and special way. Once Mandy’s youth leader, Phil is thrilled to now be following Mandy’s lead as part of “Team WAHD”. Phil is seldom at a loss for words and regularly blogs on what he sees and reads as received through the lens of who God is and who He wants us to be (with the occasional humourous reflection!). http://phlipper1963.tumblr.com.
Phil believes that chocolate should be a part of Canada’s Food Guide, enjoys jazz’ing-up hymns with his bass and is a Leafs fan forever.