Thursday, April 23, 2009
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Those who do not remember the past are destined to repeat it.
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
How beautiful is that!
Can you see the white circle in the center between the tree line and the bluff? That's my dad and Candace.
These girls surely scared 20 years off my life by getting so near the edge!
My mom, dad, Cassie, Candace, and started for the bottom. My mom wasn't able to quite make it. I can't believe I didn't get any pictures of her. :-( I'll have to take extra when we go on our next excursion to the Palestine Gardens in Lucedale, MS.
The girls and I made it to the very bottom and walked the tracks a short way. My dad didn't come down the final incline so he could help us back up.
We didn't have time to hike to the Pearl River, but we did find this beautiful creek. We want to go back some time and follow the creek for a while.
Sunday, April 12, 2009
That only God can forgive sins is clearly stated in Scripture. So what can John 20:23 possibly mean? A theologian I am not, but I’ve been wondering….
While stones were hurling Stephen to his death he prayed, “Lord, do not hold this sin against them.” (Acts 7:60)
In the ultimate act of clemency, Jesus asked God to forgive the crowd for crucifying the Lord of the universe.
What if God answered those prayers? What if, as those executioners stand before God on the day of judgment, their sin of murdering the Messiah and stoning His servant Stephen is no longer on their rap sheet? Could John 20:23 possibly mean that God won’t bring to account the sins against us we’ve forgiven?
Think about it:
The rapist forgiven by his victim won’t face God on her rape charge.
The forgiven murderer won’t give an account for the lives lost at her hands.
The lying backstabber won’t be punished for destroying a reputation.
Hmmm? Let me think on that.
The point of this pondering is not to determine my ability to keep someone from being judged based on my forgiveness. The point is…do I want to?
Very often I pacify my anger with the thought, “Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.” (Romans 12:19) I say I forgive, but secretly I hope ole “So-and-So” gets his/her “just desserts” one day.
And yet, somehow I know it’s true: if I can’t honestly pray, “Lord, do not hold this sin against them” then I haven’t truly forgiven.
© Drewe Llyn Jeffcoat 2009
Monday, April 6, 2009
While smiling down at my personal sunbeam, I noticed dozens of white cat hairs and fuzz all over my black skirt. My smile faded. Surely they weren’t there earlier. Where did they come from? Well, obviously they weren’t clearly visible in the artificial light of the house, but in the sunlight all was revealed. I brushed them off the best I could learning a valuable lesson: “Be sure to keep a lint roller in the car.”
Ok, so I learned more than that.
I was reminded that when I check my attitudes, habits, and spiritual growth in the artificial light of what others do, I’m sure to miss something and feel pretty smug about myself. But when I stand in the Sonlight, I see myself as I really am. All my imperfections are revealed. They cannot be hidden. Jesus doesn’t even attempt to brush my faults away. He gives me a new garment without spot or wrinkle; He clothes me in His perfection. He clothes me with Himself.
“…for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ.” ~ Galatians 3:27