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February 2014

Psalm 139 (ESV)

Search Me, O God, and Know My Heart

To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David.

1 O Lord, you have searched me and known me!
You know when I sit down and when I rise up;
    you discern my thoughts from afar.
You search out my path and my lying down
    and are acquainted with all my ways.
Even before a word is on my tongue,
    behold, O Lord, you know it altogether.
You hem me in, behind and before,
    and lay your hand upon me.
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me;
    it is high; I cannot attain it.

Where shall I go from your Spirit?
    Or where shall I flee from your presence?
If I ascend to heaven, you are there!
    If I make my bed in Sheol, you are there!
If I take the wings of the morning
    and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea,
10 even there your hand shall lead me,
    and your right hand shall hold me.
11 If I say, “Surely the darkness shall cover me,
    and the light about me be night,”
12 even the darkness is not dark to you;
    the night is bright as the day,
    for darkness is as light with you.

13 For you formed my inward parts;
    you knitted me together in my mother’s womb.
14 I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.[a]
Wonderful are your works;
    my soul knows it very well.
15 My frame was not hidden from you,
when I was being made in secret,
    intricately woven in the depths of the earth.
16 Your eyes saw my unformed substance;
in your book were written, every one of them,
    the days that were formed for me,
    when as yet there was none of them.

17 How precious to me are your thoughts, O God!
    How vast is the sum of them!
18 If I would count them, they are more than the sand.
    I awake, and I am still with you.

19 Oh that you would slay the wicked, O God!
    O men of blood, depart from me!
20 They speak against you with malicious intent;
    your enemies take your name in vain.[b]
21 Do I not hate those who hate you, O Lord?
    And do I not loathe those who rise up against you?
22 I hate them with complete hatred;
    I count them my enemies.

23 Search me, O God, and know my heart!
    Try me and know my thoughts![c]
24 And see if there be any grievous way in me,
    and lead me in the way everlasting![d]

A Coin From the Jar: 3

The Change Jar

What is Communion?

Communion is a profound, spiritual experience. It was during the Jewish celebration of the Passover, on the eve of His death, that Jesus instituted a new fellowship service that we observe to this day. It is a symbol, metaphor and a teaching tool, remembering our Lord’s death and resurrection, and looking for His return in glory that we now call “Communion.” To best understand communion, we also need to understand a little about Passover and its symbolic meanings. Although the following is not a comprehensive study of all the meanings of Passover and Communion it should help to shed some light on the reasons why we practice communion today.


The Passover is the most sacred feast of the Jewish religious year and is detailed in Exodus 12. It commemorates the final plague on Egypt, when the firstborn of the Egyptians died and the Israelites were spared…

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Lately, I have been facing the big things that I never realized have impacted how I view myself and others. God has been working on me, and I am realizing how deeply impacted one little insecurity can have impact. Many times over, people think that if they show weakness they are invincible. Sure, they may that appearance but in reality they are weaker than the one who admits weakness.

2 Corinthians 12:1-10

I must go on boasting. Although there is nothing to be gained, I will go on to visions and revelations from the Lord. I know a man in Christ who fourteen years ago was caught up to the third heaven. Whether it was in the body or out of the body I do not know—God knows. And I know that this man—whether in the body or apart from the body I do not know, but God knows— was caught up to paradise and heard inexpressible things, things that no one is permitted to tell. I will boast about a man like that, but I will not boast about myself, except about my weaknesses. Even if I should choose to boast, I would not be a fool, because I would be speaking the truth. But I refrain, so no one will think more of me than is warranted by what I do or say, or because of these surpassingly great revelations. Therefore, in order to keep me from becoming conceited, I was given a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me. Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

Paul’s strength was not in hiding his weakness, but admitting that he was weak and through that he came to understand that his strength  is found in weakness. Paul was speaking about how we come to grips with reality, that we as ‘strong’ people really are not strong. It is in our weakness that strength is found.

For example. Many people think that beauty is the cultural style of beauty. That what the world chases is ‘beauty’. But what the world feeds those who run down that road is a bunch of lies, and deceptions. Really, it is sexuality, lust, and lies that the world feeds. Beauty is not necessarily being skinny, have a pretty face, or being squeezed into clothes to make you feel ‘sexy’. Beauty comes from the fact that we are all created in the Image of the Beautiful Creator. Our beauty is not based in the cultural norms, Christian beauty is based in the fact that God is beautiful and he created us in his image. Beauty is not something that can be replaced, because even the ‘ugliest’ person by the worlds standards, is beautiful because they are made in the Image of God. Imago Dei.

I have struggled all my life with this concept, and God has been unraveling me to reveal this fault in my view.  In  all my short years, I have come to realize this now. My beauty is not by the World’s standards, and when I deny my beauty, I deny God’s beauty. Now this is not to say I pride myself in being ‘beautiful’, but that I recognize the source of beauty–God. To deny being pretty (in terms of the physical) is to deny that God created me in his Image. Why would the beautiful creator of the world create his crowning jewel on creation as ‘ugly’? He does not, he would be a human if that happened. God is so far beyond our scope of understanding, and this little unraveling has revealed more about the heart of my issues.  My perspective yet again…

This is why I have come to understand that beauty for ashes does not mean that we will not face pain, it means that God is taking those world standards that we judge ourselves by (ashes) and exchanging them for his beauty. Through God’s work, we are redeemed to be his beautiful creation where we exemplify God’s totality. He’s not just concerned about our souls…but also about our bodies and reclaims them from the standards of the World and into our world. He’s not just redeeming our souls, he’s redeeming the complete person when we accept Christ as Lord and Savior.


Sorry for the extended silence as of late, but that is what God has been working out in my life plus a whole lot of other stuff.
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