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A Jeep, The River Styx, and Jesus Centeredness

Michigan is cold. Frigid. Each gust of wind sends shrieks of resentment throughout my body, and causes every pound of me to shiver in protest. I walk outside and I have to brace for the inevitable paralysis as my joints refuse to work in these cruel and unusual circumstances. This is only exacerbated by the fact that the driver side windows do not stay up on my Jeep. Every time I drive down the road I cringe at every bump knowing that it could flood the cab with the tortuous wind liken to that which courses from the Hadean River Styx. It is no way to live life.

Melodramatic? Maybe, but I am Bishop, that is who I am. In all seriousness though, I drive around all the time terrified—scared, that at any moment my fear will come true. Can I make a confession to you? Forgive me Church, but I often live my faith walk like I drive my car. I am horrified that something will come in and cause my faith to crumble around me. What if something causes me to doubt? What if I ask some questions that shake my faith? What if the winds start blowing and my faith cannot withstand?

Jesus answers my concern. In Matthew 7:24-27 He gives a parable involving a wise man, a foolish man, and a SPLAT (or at least that is how the song goes). If we build our faith on things that are weak then we will live in fear of the storms of life. If our faith is built upon my goodness, my righteousness, and my worthiness, then I will live in agony, daily concerned about my Spiritual security. But if Jesus is my foundation, no storm can shake me. When the winds blow, and boy will they blow, I know that He and I can make it through. If I want to live in peace, I need to center myself around Him.

…and buy a GM.

--Bishop

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

Good morning!

Once again, I’m happy that all of you are here this morning! As you read this, I am likely in Henderson, Tennessee for the annual FHU Lectureship. I look forward to seeing you in person again this time next week! It’s always an encouraging thought to know that, though I’m 716 miles away, we’re both worshipping the same God on the same day. Though we’re apart, we’re all part of the same family.

It’s hard to believe we are already a month into this New Year. It seems like every February, I have that overwhelming feeling that time really goes by too quickly. I want to express what we discussed last Sunday at our youth devotional. Often in our New Year, we discuss new beginnings and how, if the last year was not our best, we can “turn over a new leaf” this New Year. Well, now we’re 1/12 into the year 2014, and my guess is we’ve all fallen to a sin or temptation at some point. We’ve all proved that we aren’t perfect. Luckily, God does not measure time in years, months, weeks, etc. like we do. We always have the opportunity to change for the better.

David, after being confronted by Nathan for his sin with Bathsheba, wrote the 51st Psalm. In verses 10-12, he prays this: “Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me. Cast me not away from your presence, and take not your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and uphold me with a willing spirit.”

We, like David, can and should pray this prayer. Unfortunately, we are imperfect. We have a Heavenly Father who understands that, and sent his perfect Son to die for us, so that we have a chance to come back to him, have our hearts made clean, and have our spirits renewed, not at the start of each new year, but whenever it is needed. Isn’t it a blessing to be a child of God?!