It’s Friday but Sunday’s Comin’!

The other day I watched this video clip that was titled Sunday’s Comin’. The images that went by depicted Christ’s Passion. The words that were spoken were adapted from a sermon made famous by Dr. Tony Campolo and they went something like this:

It’s Friday. Jesus is arrested in the garden, Peter is sleeping, and Judas is betraying. But Sunday’s comin’.

It’s Friday. Pilate is struggling, the council is conspiring, the crowd is vilifying. But Sunday’s comin’. Continue reading

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Adopt or Adapt?

It’s amazing how one letter can change the meaning of things. It’s easy to mix up words like affect and effect, alter and altar, compliment and complement, desert and dessert. But we probably don’t have trouble keeping straight adopt and adapt. Or do we?

Have you been adopted into God’s family? Or are you just trying to adapt to the church environment around you?

God went to great lengths to make available to us salvation. It cost him a great deal. But with Christ’s sacrifice and the Holy Spirit’s indwelling upon our acceptance of this free and priceless gift, God sealed the deal.

God sent him to buy freedom for us who were slaves to the law, so that he could adopt us as his very own children. Galatians 4:5 NLT

As adopted children, we’ve been given the important command of loving the Lord with all our heart, soul, mind, strength and loving our neighbors as ourselves. And Christ called us to go and make disciples of all nations.

Of course, the Apostle Paul made it a point to find common ground with everyone. But why? To fit in? To be popular? No. He did it so that he could save some. (read 1 Corinthians 9:19-23)

Now even within the family of God, there is a need to adapt. There are times when someone is in need. There are times when we mourn and rejoice along with our brothers and sisters. There are times when we disappoint each other. But again, Paul calls us to something else.

Do all that you can to live in peace with everyone. Romans 12:18 NLT

As we serve alongside each other, let us be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry (James 1:19). We will do well to humbly accept the word God has planted in your hearts (adapt), for it has the power to save your souls (adopt). Then we may become adept at living for Christ.

Are You Amazed?

I’m amazed as I read through Isaiah 53 (and as I’ve been rehearsing Handel’s Messiah) at the prophecy of Christ’s suffering. Everything’s there: rejection; unjust condemnation; punishment by piercing, crushing, beating, whipping; and silence. The silence is what really gets me. From the time Jesus is arrested in the garden to the final “it is finished!”, He is a man of few (but powerful) words. During all the trials, mocking, and plain noise “He did not open His mouth.” It just speaks to me of his obedience to do His Father’s will. Continue reading