Friday is for Heart Songs

Some of the Dogs from Lutheran Ministries (Comfort Dogs)
Some of the Dogs from Lutheran Ministries (Comfort Dogs) 

It has been a busy week of service to the King and our community here at Trinity Church. The flood on the West side of town (#2 in six months period), has brought the Red Cross to our doors and many of our neighbors as well. Volunteers from Trinity, the Red Cross and a host of other agencies (Lutheran Ministries Comfort Dogs for one) have all been working together to care for people and, in our case, represent Christ. Two funeral’s this weekend, hosting the MARC (Multi Agency Resource Center), caring for broken people, preparing messages, elder board meetings, meetings with staff, counseling, studying for up-coming messages, and lots of prayer. It has been full.

In the midst of it all, I read some great things this week that nurtured my soul. Others that challenged my heart, or broke my heart, inspired my spirit or just seemed like the right word at the right moment. Here’s a few to encourage you in your weekend.

George Orwell’s vision of the future from the novel 1984:

“If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face– for ever.”

Contrast that with Jesus’s truth statement about the future of those who call Him their Lord from John 14:2.

“In My Father’s house are many dwelling places. If it were not so, I would have told you.”

This one broke my heart out the mouth of Cooper (Matthew McConaughey) in the movie Intersteller. (Highly recommended.)

“After you kids came along, your Mom said said something I never quite understood: Now we’re just here to become memories for our children,’ until now.”

John Piper has been an inspiration for me for nearly 35 years. Here’s another great quote from his God-entranced vision of the Christian life.

“If you don’t feel strong desires for the manifestation of the glory of God, it is not because you have drunk deeply and are satisfied. It is because you have nibbled so long at the table of the world. Your soul is stuffed with small things, and there is no room for the great.”

And this great statement on the importance of the cross in our daily meditation from Erik Raymond including a link back to the entire article. (Worth your time.)

“It should come as no surprise to us who are Christians to find that Satan’s chief temptation of us is to have us forget the cross. Satan is not so concerned with moral living as much as moral living apart from Jesus. Satan is not concerned with emptying churches of people as much as he is emptying the pulpit of the cross of Christ. Satan is not so concerned with busy church calendars as much as he is with busy churches that have assumed or forgotten the cross. Satan is not so concerned with people who pray as much as he is concerned with people who pray broken, grace-grasping, desperate prayers in the shadow of the cross.

We are not ignorant of his schemes (2 Cor. 2.11). If Satan can’t destroy you he is content to simply divert you.”

—Erik Raymond 
(Link to article)

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