Tuesday, December 23, 2008

The Lord sustains all who fall

Psalm 145:14-21
The Lord sustains all who fall, and raises up all who are bowed down. The eyes of all look to You, and You give them their food in due time. You open Your hand and satisfy the desire of every living thing. The Lord is righteous in all His ways and kind in all His deeds. The Lord is near to all who call upon Him, to all who call upon Him in truth. He will fulfill the desire of those who fear Him; He will also hear their cry and save them. The Lord keeps all who love Him but all the wicked He will destroy. My mouth will speak the praise of the Lord and all flesh will bless His holy name forever and ever.

Saturday, December 6, 2008

First I would like to thank you all for the outpouring of love on our family. It has truly been awesome to see how many lives and hearts Scott has touched or impacted. I want you to know that if you were a part of Scott’s life, you have been prayed for by him. Whether you worked with him, or simply ate at the restaurant… You have been covered in prayer. Our purpose statement for the Attic was that people would sense the presence of God and encounter more than just another meal. That has also been the purpose statement of our lives.

The bible says that eternal life is in knowing the one true God and Jesus who he sent. In the midst of confusion and pain, I KNOW that Scott KNEW Jesus and is now with Him. That gives me great comfort. Scott knew Jesus more than being a regular church attendee and more than wearing a cross or having a fish logo on something. You can tell a tree by its fruit and by Scott’s fruit everyone knew that He really knew Jesus and walked with him. No one is perfect and God knows it is impossible for us to be on our own. Our heart condition has to be one that is listening and leaning into God. Scott had a very tender heart towards God and others. It would be his prayer that through his death those who know Jesus would press in and go deeper and for those of you who don’t know Jesus, who have already been prayed over by Scott, that this would be a defining moment in your spiritual journey. If you are in a place where you don’t even know what you believe about God or if there is a God, there is an illustration that has helped many. We can’t see the wind, but we can see the effects of the wind. The effects of God’s handprints have covered over Scott’s life.

I can’t explain or understand all of God’s timings, but I can say that in the midst of any circumstance, HE IS GOOD. I pray that as you hear from Scott’s heart that yours is stirred. Please see the video at the bottom of the blog. If you have any questions, I'd love to help you on your journey!

Friday, October 3, 2008

The bottom line of "Christianity"

The Gospel

“There is no greater message to be heard than that which we call the Gospel. But as important as that is, it is often given to massive distortions or over simplifications. People think they’re preaching the Gospel to you when they tell you, ‘you can have a purpose to your life’, or that ‘you can have meaning to your life’, or that ‘you can have a personal relationship with Jesus.’ All of those things are true, and they’re all important, but they don’t get to the heart of the Gospel.

The Gospel is called the ‘good news’ because it addresses the most serious problem that you and I have as human beings, and that problem is simply this: God is holy and He is just, and I’m not. And at the end of my life, I’m going to stand before a just and holy God, and I’ll be judged. And I’ll be judged either on the basis of my own righteousness – or lack of it – or the righteousness of another. The good news of the Gospel is that Jesus lived a life of perfect righteousness, of perfect obedience to God, not for His own well being but for His people. He has done for me what I couldn’t possibly do for myself. But not only has He lived that life of perfect obedience, He offered Himself as a perfect sacrifice to satisfy the justice and the righteousness of God.

The great misconception in our day is this: that God isn’t concerned to protect His own integrity. He’s a kind of wishy-washy deity, who just waves a wand of forgiveness over everybody. No. For God to forgive you is a very costly matter. It cost the sacrifice of His own Son. So valuable was that sacrifice that God pronounced it valuable by raising Him from the dead – so that Christ died for us, He was raised for our justification. So the Gospel is something objective. It is the message of who Jesus is and what He did. And it also has a subjective dimension. How are the benefits of Jesus subjectively appropriated to us? How do I get it? The Bible makes it clear that we are justified not by our works, not by our efforts, not by our deeds, but by faith – and by faith alone. The only way you can receive the benefit of Christ’s life and death is by putting your trust in Him – and in Him alone. You do that, you’re declared just by God, you’re adopted into His family, you’re forgiven of all of your sins, and you have begun your pilgrimage for eternity.”

— R.C. Sproul

1 Colossians 1: 13-17

For He rescued us from the domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son,

in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.

He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation.

For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities -all things have been created through Him and for Him.

He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together.

He is also head of the body, the church ; and He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that He Himself will come to have first place in everything.

For it was the Father's good pleasure for all the fullness to dwell in Him,

and through Him to reconcile all things to Himself, having made peace through the blood of His cross ; through Him, I say, whether things on earth or things in heaven.