Archive for November, 2014

Creation and Christ

New Day, November 6, 2014

Creation and Christ: An inexhaustible theme! Dwell on these verses all day whether sunny (not here in SE Tennessee) or cloudy and misty (our gift this morning):

   “For by him all things were created…all things were created through him and for him.
And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together.” (Colossians 16-17)

How can we not be trusting–faithing, praising, telling, and focusing all day on the One who made us?!

Compelling PInk

New Day, November 4, 2014

An amazing pre-sunrise this morning–perhaps the most compelling pink pre-sunrise horizon I’ve ever seen. Beautiful beyond adequate description, but let’s try…In short, paint an atmospheric backdrop of gray with a foreground layer of blue-purple clouds and add a broad stroke of stunning, brilliant pink lurking from behind to heralded the sun.

Interestingly, I have been thinking about the glory of God. Glory is the manifestation of who God is. Like smoke is to fire, the sunrise is a reflection of the sun but is not the sun. The sun is so much greater. God’s is, in His person/nature/character, eternally more than the glorious manifestation as seen in creation. Romans 1:20 notes, “For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made…”

Wonderfully and thankfully, the Father’s glory is perfectly seen in His Son, Jesus Christ our Creator and Savior, and we will see fully see them face to face soon.
When I get to heaven I can’t wait to see the Father and Son–and the video of the minute the sun was made!

Autumn Believes and Anticipates

New Day, November 3, 2014

“Jesus said to them, ‘I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst” (John 6:35).

Puffy, gentle clouds and coolness are ours this November autumn day. Monday morning blahs are chased away when surrounded by His glory.

Autumn anticipates. Though it is not cold yet, the coolness is a wonderful foretaste of things to come and, surprisingly, what it means to believe. God sent this quote came along early this morning:

“The tireless search for satisfaction has blistered our souls like the scorching sun in the dead of winter. We’re stuck, without coats, without shade, unbroken wind chapping our faces, throats frozen dry. Our stomach is so empty our toenails are aching, whatever is left that we can feel. Our heads are pounding in pain, our senses completely disoriented, and then someone walks out and throws a heavy blanket over us. This person digs us out of the miry snowfall and leads into his cabin. He sits us next to a crackling fire and hands us a cup of hot coffee and a warm slice of buttered toast. He tells us that he is the blanket, the coffee, the toast, and that we’ll never be cold again, or hungry, or thirsty. So we stay there to eat and drink. That is what it means to believe.” Jonathan Parnell (Desiring God)

Enjoy the meal today. Again.


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