"Anxiety in a man's heart weighs him down, but a good word makes him glad." -Proverbs 12:25

"Anxiety in a man's heart weighs him down, but a good word makes him glad." -Proverbs 12:25
Midnight Blue (1963): Jazz guitarist Kenny Burrell featuring Stanley Turrentine on tenor saxophone, Major Holley on double bass, Bill English on drums and Ray Barretto on conga. Midnight Blue is one of Burrell’s best-known works for Blue Note Records. In 2005, NPR included the album in its "Basic Jazz Library", describing it as "one of the great jazzy blues records".

He said, She said...

"You are not designed for everyone to like you - Wise Man Phil

FRAGILE: Sting, Yo Yo Ma, Dominic Miller & Chris Botti

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Alpha & Omega

Timeline: a linear representation of important events in the order in which they occurred. A schedule; timetable.

7 On this mountain he will destroy
   the shroud that enfolds all peoples,
the sheet that covers all nations;
 8 he will swallow up death forever.
The Sovereign LORD will wipe away the tears
   from all faces;
he will remove his people’s disgrace
   from all the earth.
            The LORD has spoken.
 9 In that day they will say,
   “Surely this is our God;
   we trusted in him, and he saved us.
This is the LORD, we trusted in him;
   let us rejoice and be glad in his salvation.” 
-Isaiah 25:7-9

The Cross: Power & Peace

Genesis 1:1, the first book and verse of the bible, states; "In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth." Revelation 22:21, the last book and verse of the bible, states; "The grace of the Lord Jesus be with you all." In between those two verses there are 31,171 verses, 1187 chapters and roughly 807,340 words. 

And in between those first and last verses in the bible there are words of encouragement, chapters full of forgiveness and hope, and verses that communicate faith and love.

As Pastor Ken wrapped up his sermon series entitled "Story: from cover to cover" this Easter Sunday we realize that God truly is the Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, and the creator of all.  From cover to cover the story, the good news if you will is shaped around one principal: God is the way. 

The only way.

John 4:6 states; “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me."

God also had one principal in relation to man: fellowship.

God created man so as to have a relationship with him. What was a perfect relationship in the beginning with Adam & Eve was short lived. The relationship became broken.

With Adam & Eve sin was introduced.

The undeniable fact is that we are all full of sin and it is only by the blood of Jesus Christ that was shed on the cross that we have any true hope and forgiveness at all.

The good news is that God had a plan for the sin that would separate man from God. Over 2000 years ago God decided that He would send His only son to die a horrible death so as to provide us with eternal salvation if we would only believe and put our faith in Him.

There was no other way the brokenness of man was to be restored except through the cross.

That still holds true today. 

Many of us are living miserable lives and are broken, leaving us with only one true solution and answer; the cross.

Because of our sin and brokenness the cross represents restoration, power and peace. It also represents mercy and grace. 

I once heard it said that Mercy is not getting what we deserve and Grace is getting what we don't deserve.

I agree.

Finally, everything we observe or experience in life has a timeline. Whether it is college, a job, athletic event or the Easter dinner we will eat later there is always a beginning and an end. Our life is no different. Life is fragile and tomorrow is never promised, and because of this none of us have any real idea where we are on the timeline called life.

Only God knows.

And because of this God so wants to fellowship with us. We were created by God for God and it is truly impossible to rest and have peace unless we invite Him into our hearts and lives.

Without Him we will be defeated, with Him we can overcome.

We can overcome past failures, drug and alcohol addiction, broken relations and failed marriages, the loss of a child or a loved one, anger, depression and bitterness just to name a few. In the end we might experience all of these things and more, but with God we can overcome all of these things. With Him we can overcome anything and everything.

You can truly overcome all things with Jesus Christ.

With Jesus Christ we can, and will, win. The victory is ours... all we have to do is invite Him into our heart and lives

The middle verse in the bible is Psalm 118:8. There are 594 verses before it and 594 verses after it. The Psalm simply states; "It is better to trust the Lord than to put confidence in people."

In the heart and center of God's word He directs us to trust Him over everything else.

The only perfect and true relationship man can have is with Jesus Christ.

In the beginning there was God, in the end there is His grace and mercy, and in the middle there is our need to trust something bigger than ourselves. In the end that need only can be filled by Jesus Christ.

Be filled today... accept and acknowledge Jesus Christ as the Alpha & Omega; the only true Savior. 

Your only true savior.

Make Him you personal savior today. 

Happy Easter.

sbb  24.4.11

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