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Deeds Like a Filthy Garment

Went to Joplin on Saturday, with a heavy realization I am fully resolved:

For all of us have become like one who is unclean, And all our righteous deeds are like a filthy garment; And all of us wither like a leaf, And our iniquities, like the wind, take us away. (without Christ, indeed)
Isaiah 64:6

Pray that God continues to use His people to do His work and good will.
Lord willing we’ll be going back soon.


Faith Like…

The Story of Zac Smith from NewSpring Media on Vimeo.

Zac Smith went to be with Jesus in May of 2010.
A video from his wife, after his passing:

A Story | Tears of Hope from NewSpringMedia on Vimeo.

Good Rides, Cold Days

I’ve come to the conclusion that if on a regular basis you do not feel the overwhelming contrition that you are weak, God is great, and even the most common aspects of his beautiful creation are more than enough to kill you: You need to get out more.
We all do. It does a great deal to help place unseen things in perspective. For instance: In my daily modern routine of life, work and blessings I rarely am faced with the absolute reality of my own frailty, but given one half hour of basic exercise out in 15 degree weather, even prepared; I am aware of it completely. We should be able to agree that we, as human, are creatures of habitual comfort. You think not? You need to get out more. We are certainly missing a great deal of physical description of God’s attributes if we don’t.

So last week alone here are four things that gave me the above mentioned assurance;
1. Cold
2. Wind
3. Simple Exercise on Bicycle
4. Average but nonetheless Beautiful Country

I try to remind myself of this truth as often as I can. I encourage you to as well.


The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork.

Psalm 19:1

This is the Life…

“She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.” Matthew 1:21

On the cross, for our sin, bloody and beaten:  “And Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.” Luke 23:34

We also know that Jesus was raised from the dead.

“See my hands and my feet, that it is I myself. Touch me, and see. For a spirit does not have flesh and bones as you see that I have.” Luke 24:39

“While He blessed them, He parted from them and was carried up into heaven.” Luke 24:51

It is because of this Life that we are here…me typing and you reading. We are living because of the grace of God. I hope the “wow” factor has flipped a switch in you. It’s amazing.

The Reconciler

[some daily reading notes]

One of the best learning tools someone once mentioned that I keep in mind when reading the Bible is this- a question: How is what I’m reading describing an attribute of God?

2 Corinthians 5:18-19, where Paul describes God the Father to us as The Reconciler, explains that He is so through Christ, and in Christ we are a new creation.

Ezekiel 36:26 “I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you. And I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh.”

I am also reading in Galatians and see some action we are to do as this new creation. Galatians 6:8b-10but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life. 9And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up. 10So then as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith.” Read on, we should be as Paul was- ‘crucified to the world’ and bearing one another’s burdens along the way. Not possible for you or I, right? I mean, you’re probably not worth it, I know I’m not. So, despair, or

HOPE! If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation, crucified to the world, with a heart of flesh, bearing one another’s burdens in a relationship with the one who has reconciled him to Himself, God the Father: The Reconciler.