Archive for February, 2011

The Giver of all Good Gifts…Including Romance

February 28th, 2011 1 comment

I shared in earlier blogs that the longings of our hearts point us back to their Source, namely God Himself.

For instance, when we have a longing to be loved, in the midst of a fallen world where love is at best conditional, imperfect or twisted, that unfulfilled longing should lead us straight to the heart of God. The fact that our hearts long for perfect love, and yet never seem to find it, points us to the deeper questions of life:

Where does this desire originate?

Is there such a thing as perfect love?

Why would we be longing after an ideal, like “perfect love,” if it did not actually exist?

The Bible tells us, “Whatever is good and perfect comes down to us from God our Father.” (James 1:17, NLT)

Every good thing we experience in this broken world comes from God. He is the Giver of all good gifts. Is the desire to be loved perfectly a good thing? Of course it is. And it points us to the Author and Source of every good desire, the Divine Romancer, our Great God!

The Bible tells us, “God is love” (I John 4). He is the perfect fountain from which all human demonstrations are but a trickle.

Have you thanked Him today for all of the incredible things you enjoy in life?

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The Beauty Behind the Blush

February 25th, 2011 1 comment

I can’t conceive of a better picture to highlight the beauty behind the blush! That’s my beauty, my beloved bride Marion, sitting behind the rosy cheeks of my little blusher, Caroline.

Here’s the point. There would be no princess Caroline apart from the beauty of her Mother. Her beauty is an echo of the beauty of her mother. On the human level, the echo can be traced all the way back to the Original Voice. That, of course, would be the voice of our Creator and King, God.

Every good and perfect gift which we enjoy as humans can be traced back to God, the Source of all that is good. When we are enjoying the gift, it should remind us of the One Who is greater.

I love the way John Eldredge captured this principle in his book, The Sacred Romance:

Indeed, if we will listen, a Sacred Romance calls to us through our heart every moment of our lives. It whispers to us on the wind, invites us through the laughter of good friends, reaches out to us through the touch of someone we love. We’ve heard it in our favorite music, sensed it at the birth of our first child, been drawn to it while watching the shimmer of a sunset on the ocean. The Romance is even present in times of great personal suffering: the illness of a child, the loss of a marriage, the death of a friend. Something calls to us through experiences like these and rouses an inconsolable longing deep within our heart, wakening in us a yearning for intimacy, beauty and adventure.

You see, our amazing God is the Beauty behind the blush. The love, romance, and pleasure we derive from relationships should point us to the One who loves us more than we can imagine. The best of our earthly pleasures are shadows and echoes designed to point us to the Beauty behind the best of earthly blushes.

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Stand for Marriage – Honor the Law

February 24th, 2011 No comments

Yesterday, President Obama did something that is unprecedented, unbelievable and un-American. He instructed our Department of Justice to completely ignore the law of the land, specifically The Defense of Marriage Act. This piece of legislation was overwhelmingly supported by the American people and by Congress and became law in 1996 during the Clinton administration.

As law, DOMA does two very important things: First of all, it protects each state from being forced to honor marriage policies from another state, particularly those who have attempted to re-define marriage. Additionally, DOMA defines marriage as only between a man and a woman (I know…who would have dreamed marriage needed a definition).

President Obama “opposes DOMA and believes it should be repealed.” That’s fine. He is entitled to his opinion, however, he does not have the authority to unilaterally make laws or disregard laws that have been enacted by Congress. In fact, the President took an oath where he promised to uphold the Constitution and to “take care that the laws be faithfully executed.”

So what can we do? What must we do?

We must call on Congress to remind the President of his reckless and illegal behavior and force him to do the job He swore on oath before GOD and the American people to perform.

I urge you to pick up your phone immediately and call your U.S. Representative at the Capitol Switchboard at 202-224-3121. Express your outrage over this incident!

Then forward this blog to as many people as you can. Our liberty depends upon it!