Sunday Devotional: Matthew 9:12-13

“But when he heard it, he said, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick.  Go and learn what this means, ‘I desire mercy, and not sacrifice.’  For I came not to call the righteous, but sinners.””  (Matthew 9:12-13)

Jesus speaks these words to the crowd that is around when he is spending time eating with Matthew, a former tax collector whom Jesus called to be a disciple.  It’s a declaration to everyone Jesus’ mission.  He came to heal, to restore.  He came to redeem sinners.  What an encouraging thought.  We are all sinners who need redemption.  We are all sick in need of healing.  Jesus comes directly to us.  We just have to invite him in.  He still does that today.  He wants to redeem us.  He wants to heal us.  We have to accept what he’s offering.

Sunday Devotional: Romans 12:15

“Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep.”  Romans 12:15

In part of being in community with others, there are some who are celebrating and there are some who are mourning.  There are some who are blessed with good times and there are some who are enduring rough times.  I’m reminded of this regularly when I hear news from friends and family.

I’m reminded of one couple that I knew from seminary that are celebrating the arrival of their son whom they adopted from Ethiopia.  I rejoice for them as they have waited for a long time for the paperwork to go through to be able to bring him home.  I’m also reminded of a friend from grade school who is grieving over the loss of his wife who passed away after a long fight with cancer.  I weep for him and his family over the loss.

When we rejoice with others and when we weep with others, we are reminded that it’s not just about us.  God wants us to see beyond us to those around us, to love on those around us.  At the same time, when circumstances bring us to joy or to grief, others need to come alongside us to rejoice and weep.

This week, celebrate the victories and mourn the losses.  And remember that throughout all of it God is right there through it all.

Bastille and Rebuilding

Sometimes the most introspective thoughts can come out of the most random locations….

I write a weekly column for a website run by some friends.  They also have a weekly podcast that I have appeared on several times.  One of these times, there was a song played to open the show that got stuck in my head.  That song was “Pompeii” by Bastille.  It’s a very catchy tune.

The lyrics really got me to think, especially the bridge of the song.  The bridge goes like this:

Oh where do we begin?
The rubble or our sins?

Makes you think doesn’t it?  When things are a mess in our lives regardless of the circumstances, it brings us to the point of reflection and introspection.  It also makes us assess where we are in the rubble.  Before any rebuilding can take place, we have to assess the damage.  Sometimes it can seem like a daunting task.  Where do we begin?  It is important to deal with our sins.  We need to confess them to God and ask for forgiveness.

There are those times when we’re in the rubble because of circumstances beyond our control.  Living in a fallen world, there are times when we are hurt when we do nothing wrong.  In those moments, we have to watch our hearts and not be tempted to get angry and want vengeance.  Forgiveness is paramount.

The rubble may look daunting but the awesome thing is that Jesus forgives us of our sins when we confess them.  He also is there to help us through the rubble and rebuild.  That is some encouraging stuff.

Sunday Devotional: Psalm 13:5-6

“But I have trusted in Your faithful love; my heart will rejoice in Your deliverance.  I will sing to the Lord because He has treated me generously.” Psalm 13:5-6

God is faithful to us.  That is an awesome thought to remember.  He is faithful to us.  Even more so, He delivers us.  He delivers us from all that we face.  Even more so, he treats us generously, way more and way better than we deserve.  And even more so, He loves us.  He loves us so much that He desires to have a relationship with us.

David, in this Psalm, sings out about this.  David trusts God because God has been faithful.  He never fails at being faithful.  He is always there.  He loves us.

This week, remember God’s love for you and his faithfulness.  Trust in Him.

Thursday Quote Day: Shaun Alexander

For this week’s Thursday Quote Day and in honor of the Seattle Seahawks winning the Super Bowl, here’s a quote from former Seahawks RB and NFL MVP Shaun Alexander:

“I’m not really a nice guy. I’m a man of God. That means I have fire, and I have passion, and the Word says there’s nothing wrong with kicking a little butt now and then.” (Shaun Alexander)

Favorite Super Bowl XLVIII Commercials and Memories

The Super Bowl last night was a great game in my book.  Granted I’m a Seattle Seahawks fan so that made the game special to me.  It was the first time watching a Super Bowl that a team I rooted for won the big game (having seen the Titans lose in Super Bowl XXXIV and the Seahawks lose in Super Bowl XL).

I saw on social media this morning something that summed up the game:  “It was a Seahawks highlight reel with fun commercials”.  I would have to agree with that statement.  People that follow me on twitter got a lot of live-tweeting involving the game.  I tend to do that with sporting events or particular TV shows.  Like a said, it was a great game to me and I’m happy for the people of Seattle and my friends up there.  I lived there the first time the Seahawks went to the Super Bowl and can only imagine how excited the city is today.

There were some pretty good commercials last night in my book too.  Some were down on the commercials but for the most part I liked them.  There were some particular ones that I really liked and wanted to post them on here.

The first is a MetLife commercial starring the Peanuts gang.  Fitting a MetLife commercial during a Super Bowl played at MetLife Stadium:

Another really great commercial was the Cheerios commercial:

The T-Mobile commercial with Tim Tebow was pretty good as well:

There were several trailers for movies that were pretty good but the one that debuted at the Super Bowl was Transformers 4.  It’ll be interesting to see how the movie turns out:

Finally, the Radio Shack commercial was totally awesome (80’s style):

Sunday Devotional: Galatians 6:2

“Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.” Galatians 6:2

We are not meant to live life alone.  We were created to live in community.  In living in community, we are to care for one another.  We are to like the verse in Galatians 6:2 says ‘bear one another’s burdens’.  When we are living in community as followers of Jesus, we are able to better reflect Him.  We are showing first hand Christ’s love when we care for one another.  So this week, find someone who’s hurting and come alongside them and care for them.  If you are the one that’s hurting, express that with others so they can come alongside you.