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Adventures in Finding God

Feeling Good

“It’s a new dawn
It’s a new day
It’s a new life for me
Yeah it’s a new dawn
It’s a new day
It’s a new life for me”

— Nina Simone, 1964

Wow, I didn’t know that song went all the way back to the mid 1960s (below you can hear what I think is the original version on YouTube), as I’m more familiar with newer versions. Could it be just because it is a brand new year that that song, and in particular the words above were on my mind when I woke up this morning?

There are two phrases that I left out above, ones that didn’t come to mind at 6:00 this morning when I first stirred. Right before the words above, these words are in the song “You know how I feel”. Are you kidding me? There is only one person who knows how I feel. God. Also in the song is the phrase “You know what I mean.” Again, only God has that ability. I do not know what the original writers of the song were thinking, and I’m not trying to force something there that isn’t, but WOW! Just adding a slight different perspective gives the song a new spin, especially when the song is titled “Feeling Good.”

What would it take to make you feel good right now? Whether you are suffering or rejoicing, what if Good knew how you felt?
“Since the children have flesh and blood, he too shared in their humanity so that by his death he might destroy him who holds the power of death.” – Hebrews 2:14

Whether you are in sin or in service to God, what if God knew what you meant, what you were trying for?
“Search me, O God, and know my heart; try me and know my anxious thoughts; And see if there be any hurtful way in me, and lead me in the everlasting way.” – Psalm 139:23-24

As we begin a new year, a new dawn, may we find ourselves rejoicing despite our circumstance and the gripping the world right now. May we always find a way to rejoice in knowing whose we are and rejoicing for the gift that has been given to us…

“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.”
— John 10:10

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His Name: Bright Morning Star

“I, Jesus, have sent my angel to give you this testimony for the churches. I am the Root and the Offspring of David, and the bright Morning Star.”
–Revelation 22:16

On this day we celebrate the birth of Christ into our world, it seems appropriate to me to welcome Him as the Bright Morning Star. Those three words say so much about our Savior and Redeemer.

Bright – bringing into a dark world.
Morning – signifying a new beginning.
Star – radiant.

Christ came for so very many reasons. Chief among those, if I strip everything away, is that Christ came that I, that you, would have an abundant life…filled with things this world can not properly measure.

By whatever name you choose to call Christ, whatever characteristic you need Him to be for you right now, may you find it.

You and I are not called to be Christ.

We are to be like Christ.

Merry Christmas to all,
Keith

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His Name: Your Shield

“Do not be afraid, Abram.
I am your shield,
your very great reward.”
Genesis 15:1

A forcefield. Ah, how many times have I watched or read about a superhero who among his arsenal is a forcefield…an impenetrible shield that wards off bullets, magic spells and death rays. If just that single power isn’t enough to sign up to be a defender of justice what is?

There are no shortage of events to remind me that it’s a pretty evil world out there. Unfortunately an event like the one in Newtown are all too horrifying. Through it all, what a joy to know that we have a Shield.

You and I. Our Shield does not stop bullets. It does not stop evil spoken against us. Nor does it prevent us from getting sick or seriously ill. Or worse. But God does protect us. He is Our Shield. Let us not get caught up in debates about where God was on 9/11 or that Friday in Newtown. May we not doubt His omnipotence, His omniscience, or His Omnipresence, for His ways are not my ways. He says He is my Shield, so He is.

On this day, the day before we celebrate His coming, let us rejoice in I AM.

Psalm 27:2-3
“When the wicked advance against me
to devour me,
it is my enemies and my foes
who will stumble and fall.
Though an army besiege me,
my heart will not fear;
though war break out against me,
even then I will be confident.”

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His Name: Light of the World

Unscrewed light bulb still glows“When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, ‘I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.'”
John 8:12

My perception of darkness would probably be much different if I lived in Alaska. Here in the lower forty eight I take my daylight for granted. And when I don’t have it, I make it!

Inside the house I take turning on the light for granted. When I wake up, first thing I do? Turn on the light. When I leave the house and know it will be dark when I return? Turn on some lights. My car even turns its lights on by default. That reminds me, I’m missing a little flashlight on my keychain…for emergencies. All this and I tell myself I’m not afraid of the dark…like the small child I used to be be?

Yet how many times a day do I go or think without inviting God into the conversation? Without God in the equation my actions and thoughts are like walking around in the pitch black. I’ll bump into all sorts of things. Miss all sorts of things placed in my life by God.

I want The Light. And I also want to be His light to the world.

“In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”
Matthew 5:16, NIV

ps…thank you for your prayers and financial assistance. Lori and I and our Pastor Chris were able to meet with Graham and Danae yesterday. What a blessing. They were so very overwhelmed by and thankful for your generosity. I am thankful the small role I was able to play in that. Thank you all for being His light for them.

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