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Has Your Fire Grown Cold?


A bruised reed He will not break, And smoking flax He will not quench; He will bring forth justice for truth.

   Isaiah 42:3 paints a picture of how God sees the wounded. As long as there is some sign of life, He still sees that person as worth the investment. You may think your fire has gone out but as long as there is a flicker, He has not given up. You may feel battle weary and bruised but you are still valuable.

   There are times when each of us will feel unworthy, unloved and undeserving but, God says "Not so." He is always ready to pour into us. There is never a time He says we have gone too far. Our past is a poor representative of our future. God will continue to reach out and send help. I am reminded of the Chilean miners who were trapped when their mine collapsed. All around the world we waited and watched and anticipated their rescue. When a search and rescue bot was sent down it sent back images of the miners. What was seen was unexpected. We may have expected …

Finding You and Finding Nemo


   In the movie 'Finding Nemo', Marlin and Coral are looking into the nursery when Coral brings up the point that the babies still do not have names. Marlin's quick solution is to name one half Marlin Jr. and the other, Coral Jr. but Coral liked the name Nemo. Marlin agrees to name one child Nemo. Soon after, while the couple plays in their new home, a barracuda enters the scene and disaster ensues. Marlin and one egg are the only survivors and the story begins.

   We see Nemo grow up and quickly encounter trouble as he is captured by a diving dentist. This blog is not about tropical fish and orthodontists though. I want to talk about identity. Before you stop me, yes, I realize this is a cartoon, a silly children's tale. I believe this illustration fits though. Let us suppose for a moment, that the baby they chose to name Nemo was the survivor, though any of the eggs could have made it past the barracuda. Let's pretend that the one which was to be Nemo was the s…

You Are His Testimony


   The Bible says in Romans that the invisible things of God (His beauty, majesty, perfection, goodness, power, etc.) are clearly seen in His creation. God's creation makes, clearly visible the awesomeness of Him. Throughout the Psalms we see scripture reminding us that creation proclaims His glory. If we are His handiwork. If we are part of His creation, we also proclaim His glory. Our existence sings of His majesty. We are crafted in the image of God and are beautiful. We attest to His wonder and proclaim His glory. When we pursue our purpose we proclaim that glory all the more. So, if the invisible things are seen through that which has been created then, we are the testimony of God. We stand as exhibit 'A' as a bold testament of the goodness of God. Does it end there? Do we just testify about God? Is this our only purpose?

    If this was the only reason we existed it would be enough but He does not stop there. We are here to point others to Him. We are here to…