Spreading a passion to prize God supremely, to praise God wholeheartedly, and to proclaim God universally.
A Good Friday Reflection
"Father, I desire that they also, whom you have given me, may be with me where I am, to see my glory that you have given me because you loved me before the foundation of the world."
The cross has opened the gate into a world which Jesus Himself desires
to share with us. He fully knows the glory that awaits those who follow
Him. Jesus has tasted the delights of this "heaven" for all of
eternity. We ourselves encounter it briefly and find ourselves trying to
cling to elements of it that are yet beautifully reflected in this
realm. We reminisce of moments when we have caught a glimpse of it but
find that we can not hold it or even recapture it. We create idols that
we vainly hope will continually convey to us the pleasures of which our
souls have once tasted and for which we now long. Yet, these are fading
shadows indicating the reality of that ultimate pleasure that He has
always known in communion with His heavenly Father. The death of Jesus
on the cross ought to indicate something to us of the infinite beauty
and worth of what is to be enjoyed if we should follow Christ. The cross
was the sacrifice that He was willing to pay in order to share His joy
completely and fully with as many as would come. When you think of how
terrible the cross must have looked to the Son of God, imagine how
glorious heaven must be that He was willing to pay the price.
God wants His people to have strong encouragement. Particularly, when the mission of the church to spread the Kingdom of the Lord Jesus is met with aggressive hostility, God wants His people to know for certain that He has got this. His resolve remains unchanged. His plan will not fail. Our hope for the future is rock solid. The church, historically, has gone through extensive periods of hardship and opposition. Right from the get-go, it was understood that the way of Jesus was going to be radically counter to the patterns and priorities of every culture into which Christianity would be sent. We would not get a warm welcome. Our Christian mission began with these words of Jesus: " In this world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world ."  Jesus told his disciples quite frankly, " If the world hates you, know that it hated me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love you as its
I watched the birth of my granddaughter "Skippy" on the screen of a smartphone yesterday. Actually, I read the birth of my granddaughter on the screen of a smartphone yesterday. While Kathy, my eldest daughter, and her husband Steve were enduring the marathon of the miracle, my wife MariAnne and I and Kathy's dear friend Sarah were anxiously staggering the floor of the waiting room. It was a long and far more torturous event than I had imagined. I am thankful that compared to the old days when you waited restlessly for someone to come through the door announcing "It's a boy!" or "It's a girl!", Steve was doing us a great kindness by sending us updates by text every half hour. I would then relay what I knew to my daughter, Lauren, in Honduras. After twenty-seven hours of the usual childbirth progression or, at times, the lack thereof, the texts took a rather serious and urgent twist. The baby's hear