Showing posts from February, 2008

The Hungering and Thirsting

Jesus answered, "Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but those who drink the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life." John 4:13-14 "My food," said Jesus, "is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work." John 4:34 " As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, my God." Psalm 42:1 "Taste and see that the LORD is good..." Psalm 34:8 Have you ever wanted something so badly, it seemed like you would do anything to get it? What happened when you finally got it? I think of a child in November walking through the toy department pointing out to his parents all the new toys he wants for Christmas. Yet those objects that brought so much joy and excitement on December 25 tend to lose some appeal by mid January. They are old toys. They have been played with, now it is time to move on.

The Meek

Humility is strong--not bold; quiet--not speechless; sure--not arrogant. - Estelle Smith ---------------- Saturday was the big day. Charlie was finally turning seven years old. Anticipation increased as each day drew him nearer to that wonderful age. He would finally be able to help his dad with the farm work and do big-boy jobs, like milking the cows, branding the calves, building fences (with some help of course). He just knew that he would grow up to be big and strong like his dad. Charlie had spent hours watching his dad chop firewood, work on cars, plow fields, bail hay, and all the other things that real men do. Just the thought of actually being able to help with all this made him squirm in excitement. Saturday came and went. Charlie was finally seven. His parents had assured him that he would be out on the farm working with his father early Monday morning. He could hardly wait. After Sunday church, Charlie spent most of the day getting ready for the next morning. He kn

Those Who Mourn, part 2: The Comfort

"Our present joys are sweeter for past pain; To Love and Heaven by suffering we attain." - George Granville, The British Enchanters Act V, scene 2 _______________________ God, you are awesome! I will always remember your Power and Might You are worthy of praise because you are holy. You are holy and just, yet you are gracious Because you have heard me. Thank you. I now have the strength I need to yield all to you. You have given me the boldness I need As well as the opportunities to be bold for you. You have heard my cries and came running Like a father to his newborn son. I can never repay you for your gracious love Yet I will strive my hardest to try. Your name will be praised everywhere I go Whether eating dinner with my family, In the congregation of believers, Or even down the halls of my school. Everyone who sees me will know that I am different And that doesn’t scare me li

Those Who Mourn, part 1

Psalm 22 A Psalm of David, adapted by me God, Where are you? Have you turned you back on me completely? I feel like you’re so far away, Off in the heavens, somewhere out…there. As I speak, it feels like my words are just hitting the ceiling. I’m crying out to you day and night, So why won’t you answer me? I know you’re holy, you are bigger than me. You are worshipped by millions of people around the world. I remember all the Bible stories I heard in Sunday school, About Joseph, Daniel, Job, and the others. They cried out to you, and you brought them through. They put their trust in you and you made good on your promise. But how can I compete with them? I’m nothing compared to those great men I have read about. I don’t fit in, I don’t belong. My own youth group doesn’t accept me. Everyone at school makes fun of the fact that I’m a Christian. They mock my faith in you, they mock your power, And now I’m beginning to believe them. I feel so h

The Poor in Spirit

"Though free from all sense of possessing, they yet possess all things. 'Theirs is the kingdom of heaven.'" - A. W. Tozer, The Pursuit of God ____________ Jenny never really understood the point passing around those velvet-lined, gold-ish, fancy plates simply to collect the money people gave to the congregation. Something about it always made her uneasy, especially when she was the only one on the row who wasn’t reaching into her purse as soon as she passed the juice. She was only a poor high school student anyway. She gave to God in many other ways – time, energy, pretty much in any way that doesn’t cost money. College isn’t getting any cheaper. She has always justified herself by bargaining with God. She would promise to give way more than ten percent once she got a “big-girl” job if he would not hold her responsible until then. She was a pretty good Christian, after all. She grew up in one of the larger congregations in town. There were many rich people

The Not-So-Random Thought of the Day

God is BIG! I am small. See the difference? ---------------- Now playing: Chiodos - Life Is a Perception of Your Own Reality via FoxyTunes

The Superbowl Sunday Dilema

As excitement mounts on this day, the most highly anticipated Superbowl Sunday in many years (at least for me), Christians across the country are faced with the daunting decision. Should I watch this game from coin-flip to post-game, or should I be a 'good' Christian and go to Sunday night services for fear that God's gracious love towards us ends upon our 'forsaking the assembling of ourselves together'? Hm... What if I watch the Superbowl with fellow believers? I am not technically "forsaking" our assembly if I am assembled with other Christians, am I? Loop-hole. Go Pats! ---------------- Now playing: Jupiter Sunrise - Heaven and Endless via FoxyTunes

The Explanation

I feel that some explanation is needed in the meaning behind the blog title "Quench the Flame." Jesus said in his famous sermon on the mount that those who hunger and thirst for righteousness will be filled (Matthew 5:6). However, it is obvious to anyone who has ever felt the quenching power of the Spirit that the desire grows, the hunger pangs get sharper, and the fire rages stronger. If you have a candle-flame inside you, YHWH* wants you to burn like a blazing forest fire. YHWH* alone can quench the flame, yet each time he quenches, the fire grows stronger. This is one of the many paradoxical ways in which YHWH* works in the lives of those who seek him. Seek out ways to quench the flame inside. *YHWH is the name given for the god of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. ---------------- Now playing: Amos Lee - Truth via FoxyTunes

The House

The car came to a halt in a cloud of dust and fumes. After cutting off the engine, a man stepped out. Anticipation and apprehension garnished his face as if he were looking for something. But what? He sauntered toward the rickety front door of the decaying house. Dead grass and leaves crunched beneath his feet. The air, cool and refreshing, smelled of memories. A mockingbird flew out of a hole in the porch roof as the man drew near. Stepping onto the weather-beaten porch, the wood creaking beneath him, he stopped, inhaled the familiar air, and looked around - remembering. After a minute or two he turned to face the front door. He half expected the porch light to be shining for him and the smell of fresh baked pies to welcome him home. But there was only darkness waiting for him and the smell of damp, termite-eaten wood and dust to beckon him inside. The screen door whined as it was pulled open, not wanting to be disturbed. The doorknob cried