God of the Little Things

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“What is the price of five sparrows—two copper coins? Yet God does not forget a single one of them. And the very hairs on your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are more valuable to God than a whole flock of sparrows.” Luke 12:6 – 7 NLT

Sometimes we forget how God is interested in even the little details of our lives.

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It All Comes Down to Love

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Every once in a while you come across a blog post that is just too good to keep to yourself.  Brian Zahnd’s recent post titled Love Never Ends:  A Meditation is one of those.

Brian is the Lead Pastor of Word of Life Church in St. Joseph, Missouri.  He is one of those guys who is all about the Kingdom of God.  I have enjoyed many of the insights he has shared.

Excerpts

In his post, Brian shares on the foundational and enduring quality of God’s love.  You need to read and pray through it in it’s entirety, but let me provide you with a couple of excerpts that will inspire you.

Why is there something instead of nothing?
The only answer I can imagine is Genesis 1:1. In the beginning God…
But why would God say, “Let there be light” and initiate Creation?
The only answer I can imagine is God is love.

What is light? God’s love in the form of photons.
What is water? A liquid expression of God’s love.
What is a mountain? God’s love in granite, so much older than human sorrow.
What is a tree? God’s love growing up from the ground.
What is a bull moose? God’s love sporting spectacular antlers.
What is a whale? Fifty tons of God’s love swimming in the ocean.

Love never ends.
At the end of all things there is love. Love abides. Love endures.
When the last star burns out, God’s love will be there for whatever comes after.
In the end it all adds up to love. So when you are calculating the meaning of life—
If it doesn’t add up to love, recalculate, because you’ve made a serious mistake!

Existence only makes sense when seen through the lens of love.
At the beginning of time there is love.
At the bottom of the universe there is love.
It’s in God’s ocean of endless love that we live and move and have our being.

So Much More

There is so much more here that you need to take in and mull over.  Please, stop whatever you are doing and carefully read over Brian’s post.  It is inspiring and uplifting, while at the same time being challenging and convicting.  After all, it all comes down to love, and love is the only sure sign that we are truly, genuinely, living in the Reign.

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The Root Cause

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At one point in my life I worked for a pharmaceutical company.  The job I enjoyed more than all the others I did there was conducting investigations.  Because we were manufacturing medicinal products for human consumption, each product had to be manufactured according to strict governmental guidelines.  Any anomaly in the manufacturing process could jeopardize the saleability of the product and potentially cost the company millions of dollars.  Therefore every time something went wrong in manufacturing, the incident had to be carefully investigated to determine its impact on the product.  Some investigations were quite simple and easily resolved.  There were some investigations, however, that were quite extensive and would involve several departments within the company. 

When conducting an investigation, one thing we always had to look for was the root cause.  In other words, what was the underlying factor(s) that caused this anomaly to occur in the manufacturing process?   Once that was determined we could come up with a preventative action to keep the problem from reoccurring in the future.  Determining the root cause and coming up with a preventative action sometimes required some very creative thinking!

With this investigative process as a basis, I have a question I would like to ask:

What is the root cause of all the pain, heartache, and woes of our modern society?

The answer might be easier to determine than what you think.

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Something to be remembered

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Christmas is a time for remembering.  We remember a young virgin, hardly more than a child, who abandoned herself to the Lord to bear His Son before she was even married.  We remember her young fiancée who obediently married her, even though he could hardly understand what was going on.  We remember the Child born in a stable.  We remember the angels visiting shepherds in the field.  All of these images flood our hearts and minds with cherished memories.  I would like to propose one more very important thing that needs to be remembered at Christmas time.

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