Can You Imagine Drawing Near to God in His Throne Room?

In the year that King Uzziah died I saw the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up; and the train of his robe filled the temple. Above him stood the seraphim. Each had six wings: with two he covered his face, and with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew. And one called to another and said: “Holy, holy, holy is the LORD of hosts; the whole earth is full of his glory!” And the foundations of the thresholds shook at the voice of him who called, and the house was filled with smoke. And I said: “Woe is me! For I am lost; for I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; for my eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts!” Then one of the seraphim flew to me, having in his hand a burning coal that he had taken with tongs from the altar. And he touched my mouth and said: “Behold, this has touched your lips; your guilt is taken away, and your sin atoned for.”Isaiah 6:1-7

Do you remember Sammy Davis Jr? This amazing man sang, danced, acted, and joked his way into my heart. He visited Clark AB in the Philippines and performed for the troops when Keith was stationed there. Keith and I were fortunate enough to attend a reception with him after the performance. Although he walked by, I was in so much awe of him that I didn’t stick my hand out to shake his hand until Keith got frustrated with me and pushed me to shake his hand!

If I was in that much awe of Sammy Davis Jr., how much more awestruck am I going to be when I approach the throne of grace and mercy?

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The Secret of Rest

Feel like you’re jammed in traffic all the time? You’re going here and there. There’s no time to rest, no time to enjoy this life you’re living?

You’re busy doing good. Maybe you’re taking care of the kids or grandkids, and there’s soccer practice, homework, dance lessons, dinner, lunches to pack, science project, and in between you’re getting groceries, cleaning the house, doing laundry and helping the neighbor with her sick mom.

You’re visiting the sick, delivering meals to shut-ins, and teaching a Bible study.

You’re busy doing good at work. You are tied to your phone and your computer. There’s the social media for work and for yourself. You need to write that report, and the meetings take the day away. When you get home, you cook dinner, help the kids with homework, bathe them, put them to bed, snuggle with your husband, put him to bed, then you settle in to get the work done for the next day at the office.

The “To Do” list is 10 sheets long and growing.

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5 Reasons for Hope, 3 Steps to Hope

nathan-dumlao-487458“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you; Before you were born I sanctified you; I ordained you a prophet to the nations.” Jeremiah 1:5

But I’m not even 20!

I chose you to tell My people that they have sinned, and I’m bringing judgment.

They won’t listen to me or respect me!

I chose you.

“They will fight against you, But they shall not prevail against you. For I am with you,” says the LORD, “to deliver you.” Jeremiah 1:19

Tell My people that they will be overcome and go into captivity for 70 years because they have forsaken me and not repented of their wicked ways.

Alas! Lamentations! Jerusalem is lonely. It used to be full of people. Now, the few people it has scavenge for food.

But there is hope!

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Imagine mercy in Paris, in the world

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Blessed are the merciful; for they shall obtain mercy. Matthew 5:7

This weekend, there was an attack upon humanity. This weekend, evil visited Paris, France. This weekend, the world grieves. This weekend, the world needs mercy.

This weekend, Davide Martello loaded his piano on a trailer and drove from Germany to Paris, a 400-mile trek to unload his piano outside the Bataclan theatre and play Imagine by John Lennon. He wanted to give comfort and hope. He wanted to show mercy to grief-stricken people. Below are the words to Imagine.

“Imagine there’s no heaven
It’s easy if you try
No hell below us
Above us only sky
Imagine all the people living for today

“Imagine … no religion too
Imagine all the people living life in peace …

“Imagine all the people sharing all the world …

“You may say I’m a dreamer
But I’m not the only one
I hope some day you’ll join us
And the world will be as one”

I applaud Martello for his compassion, his mercy.

“Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.” Matthew 5:7

“An eye for distress, a heart of pity, an effort to help, in spite of enmity—that’s mercy.” John Piper

Martello is known for loading his piano ono a trailer and taking it to troubled areas. Mercy.

Jesus showed His mercy through healing all who came to Him, teaching and feeding the masses, and challenging the traditions of the religious leaders.

“When Jesus went ashore, He saw a large crowd, and He felt compassion for them because they were like sheep without a shepherd; and He began to teach them many things.”  Mark 6:34

After His teachings, Jesus fed the crowd. Sheep without a shepherd. Isn’t this the condition of most of our world?

It’s been said that the Isis terrorists want to be part of something larger than themselves. They want to change the world, even at the risk of death.

There are many Christians who are this passionate, many who are in prisons, who are being beaten and killed for their faith. They are making a difference in the world, even at the risk of death.Through their persecutions, their persecutors are recognizing something different about them. Some come to know Jesus. Some become Christians.

Jesus died to pay the price for man’s sin. He was beaten beyond recognition and suffered a horrible death upon the cross … because He is merciful … because He loves you.

“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16

There is hope. God raised Jesus from the dead, and He is our merciful and faithful high priest. He advocates for His followers.

“Therefore He [Jesus] had to be made like His brothers in every respect, so that He might become a merciful and faithful high priest in the service of God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people. For because He Himself has suffered when tempted, He is able to help those who are being tempted. Hebrews 2:17-18

I wish Martello had played Amazing Grace.

“Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound,
That saved a wretch like me.
I once was lost but now am found,
Was blind, but now I see.

“T’was Grace that taught my heart to fear.
And Grace, my fears relieved.
How precious did that Grace appear
The hour I first believed.

“Through many dangers, toils and snares
I have already come;
‘Tis Grace that brought me safe thus far
and Grace will lead me home.

“When we’ve been there ten thousand years
Bright shining as the sun.
We’ve no less days to sing God’s praise
Than when we’ve first begun.”

My prayer

Father in heaven, the world is reeling at the evil that just happened. Use this to bring hope to the world, to show the world that Jesus is the world’s Great Shepherd, that He is the only way to peace, the only way to a world imagined with people sharing, people as one, people redeemed. Thank You that Jesus has paid the price for our sins, and He is our advocate in heaven. Thank You for the salvation that You have provided. Thank You for Your mercy.