Saturday, February 25, 2012

February 26, 2012

When you want to express the inexpressible, look to a poet. It doesn’t take you long to run out of adjectives when you begin trying to describe the amazing infinite love of God. Nearly 100 years ago, a gentleman by the name of Frederick Martin Lehman penned this poem that was later put to music in a hymn called appropriately – “The Love of God”.

I think he captures it pretty well! See what you think.

The love of God is greater far, Than tongue or pen can ever tell.
It goes beyond the highest star, And reaches to the lowest hell.
The guilty pair, bowed down with care, God gave His Son to win;
His erring child He reconciled, And pardoned from his sin.

O love of God, how rich and pure! How measureless and strong!
It shall forevermore endure  The saints' and angels' song.

When age and time shall pass away, And earthly thrones and kingdoms fall;
When men who here refuse to pray, On rocks and hills and mountains call;
God's love, so sure, shall still endure, All measureless and strong;
Redeeming grace to Adam's race — The saints' and angels' song.

O love of God, how rich and pure! How measureless and strong!
It shall forevermore endure  The saints' and angels' song.

Could we with ink the ocean fill, And were the skies of parchment made;

Were every stalk on earth a quill, And every man a scribe by trade;

To write the love of God above, Would drain the ocean dry;

Nor could the scroll contain the whole, Though stretched from sky to sky.

O love of God, how rich and pure! How measureless and strong!
It shall forevermore endure  The saints' and angels' song.

WOW! What a CRAZY love!

February 25, 2012

“But what things were gain to me, these I have counted loss for Christ. Yet indeed I also count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as rubbish, that I may gain Christ, and be found in Him, not having my own righteousness, which is from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which is from God by faith; that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death,  if, by any means, I may attain to the resurrection from the dead.”  Philippians 3:7-11

So, God has a plan and a pattern to reveal His crazy love to us!

He hopes to catch your attention and your awe by the majestic beauty of His creation. Once you look at the sky above and the flowers around He wants you to think, I need to check into God and find out Who He is.”

Once you begin to study His Word and listen to sermons and talk to Christians you discover not only is God a great Creator but His character is even more inspiring. Learning about His holiness and His Omniscience and His Omnipotence combined with His justice, mercy and grace, many want to know Him even better.

Knowledge is good but experience is better! Knowing about God is inspiring but KNOWING God is transformational. The only way to know God’s love is to receive God’s Son, Jesus!

I had heard many good things about Barbara before I met her. We had some mutual friends who sang her praises and encouraged me to meet her. Years before I met her I had heard of her healing story and had even seen it on the TV show “That’s Incredible!”

Everything I heard about her got my attention and inspired a desire to want to know more.  So, I got her telephone number from my friends and called her. The talk we had over the phone made me want to meet her in person, so I asked her out.

The more time I spent with her left me wanting to spend more time with her.  Now, after 25 years of marriage I still feel the same way! Loving her and being loved by her has changed my life.

So it is with God! First, He gets your attention through nature and creation causing you to want to know Him more. As you learn of Him through the Scriptures and as you see His love manifest in people who know Him, you find a desire growing within you to know Him, too. To know God in a more personal and intimate way so you can receive His love you must get to know Jesus.

John 3:16 – “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”

Romans 5:8 – “God demonstrated His love in this way, while we were yet sinners Christ died for us.”

I John 4:7-10 – “Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God.  He who does not love does not know God, for God is love. In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him. In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.”

To receive the CRAZY LOVE of God, look around at His Creation, then look into His Character and then fall in love with His Christ. Receive Christ and you receive love!