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Lord of Lords

Beholding your beauty is all that I long for
To worship you Jesus is my souls desire
This very heart you have shaped for you pleasure,
Purposed to lift your name high

Here in surrender, in pure adoration
I enter you courts with an offering of praise
I am your servant, come to bring you glory
As it’s fit for the work of your hands

Now unto the lamb who sits on the throne
Be glory and honor and praise
All of creation resounds with the song
Worship and praise Him, the Lord of Lords.

Some Music

Hq version:
http://www.godtube.com/view_video.php?viewkey=8d5e7b4f965599342d79

Remember to always praise God.

I just met the gardener

I heard the doorbell ring this morning. It was the neighbor complaining about Grace Community cardboard boxes in the trash room. Thus, I had to go downstairs to break down boxes.

I met the gardener Ramiro. We were talking about working. “God sees your work,” I said. He asked if I was a Christian, and he said he is pastor’s assistant at a Christian church. We chatted about doing your best and working “heartily as to the Lord” (Col 3:23).

So what was seemingly a bothersome situation was actually a cool time of encouragement.

Foods

“Food is a gift from God to be enjoyed. And God is eager to give us grace to exercise self-control and glorify Him when we eat.”

The body is a complex system. Common sense shows that high quality fuel makes the body run better.

I think everyone can benefit from eating nutrient-dense foods. I remember reading a while back: “When I see food, I see bricks and [muddy garbage]” You want to put bricks in your stomach to help you, not mud. This applies to big and litter eaters. Even if you are trying to cut down, you must take care of your diet by eating balanced meals. Sometimes people try strange diets like only eating nuts and water or something. These methods are largely unsuccessful after weeks of nuts. Also it is not balanced. It would be much better to eat less in general, but still consume a balanced meal of nutrient dense foods.

Junk foods generally should be restricted for Americans, but I think such foods can be enjoyed in moderation, unless it is clearly “junk” and will do you obvious harm (like drinking syrup). In fact, by eating a good balance of food, you could give yourself an allowance for a moderate amount of nutritionally bankrupt “mud” food. Try to find nutrient dense foods that can taste good and can substitute your junk. It’s hard. Remember that self-control is a fruit of the Holy Spirit, so know that He will help you. Check out Fitday if this interests you. Plug in your regular diet, and you will be able to identify which foods are working the best for you.

Finally, direct your diet to Christ. He made the body, taste, and food. With every brick, dedicate yourself to the glory of Christ. Sounds weird, but that’s only because they don’t talk about diet in church very often.

“If we diet only to improve our appearance or reach a personal goal, we are no more pleasing God than if we indulged our every desire for food. Not eating for vanity’s sake is as sinful as gluttony for appetite’s sake.”

On a completely unrelated note, I learned how to use a sewing machine. I sewed up my t-shirt.

Opposition and Grace

At Sunday school the teacher mentioned how a prayer to be humble is a scary prayer, because it invites humbling circumstance. That really turned a light on for me. I heard a sermon a while ago on Isaiah 66:

Isaiah 66
Thus says the Lord,
“Heaven is My throne and the earth is My footstool.
Where then is a house you could build for Me?
And where is a place that I may rest?

“For My hand made all these things,
Thus all these things came into being,” declares the Lord.
“But to this one I will look,
To him who is humble and contrite of spirit, and who trembles at My word.

I hadn’t heard this passage explained before. I was moved. Wow, I thought. Ok, this sounds good. I will pray for God to humble me. So I started praying that, very simply. It seemed all right. What I had failed to realize was the “getting divinely owned” aspect of the path to humility.

This is kinda funny now, but yeah, wasn’t really at the time. I thought asking God for humility was a tune-up… like you put a car in the garage and the guy fixes the brakes. I think I thought that maybe you would wake up every day humbler? Ahgg! But there is HUMBLING involved. Humility can only be obtained where God is around. I.e. big, big God and little, little human. Pride comes before a fall, and unfortunately I’m a sinner so… I got perfectly put in place, God style.

So fast forward some months: I am praying bug-eyed on my knees for God to go easy on me. God humble me, but please, please don’t let me get in any more trouble. Is this the UFC? God is a holy, mighty, awesome God who “opposes the proud” but give grace to the humble.

But I can say with confidence what a blessing it has been. There are two things that I get to enjoy because of this. First, not only do I get to enjoy God being God for humbling circumstance (“wow God, you’re strong”), but for also for all the times God shows his supreme kindness. God humbles his children, then gives grace, and exalts them (1 Peter 5). Second, I don’t have to worry about things. Because I’m a Christian, I know that God will give me enough grace to please Him in every circumstance.

That’s all for now, blessings.

A Quote.

“Don’t waste your life trying to look good.

Spend your life making God look good.

So if you have a hunch in your back, pot in your belly-your hair not doing what you want it-you just might be a candidate to bring glory to someone else.”

Hosanna


these are good lyrics:

BRIDGE:
Heal my heart and make it clean
Open up my eyes to the things unseen
Show me how to love
Like you have loved me
Break my heart for what breaks yours
Everything I am
For Your kingdom’s cause
As I walk from earth into eternity