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Friday, February 7, 2020

Re-cycle

Growing up in New York I never heard the words recycle. It wasn't a thing that we did.  When the cereal box was empty it went in the garbage. Once the can of Coke was empty it was flipped into the trash.

I think the only thing that was reused were the glass bottles with milk or soda pop. The truck would come through the neighborhood and collect the bottles and then fill them and bring him back the next time he was in our neighborhood.

Today just about everything is recycled. Our world is being weighed down with garbage. Everything is disposable for the sake of convenience.

Whether it's cardboard, water bottles, or Coca Cola cans. Recycling is almost mandatory in some areas due to the overload of trash.

Recycling – to use again.

The Word of God. Do we re-cycle it? Have you passed it on?

Preachers do it every week. TV programs can be watched over and over again. Even the disciples as we read in the book of Acts went around preaching this great news of God and thousands were converted and acknowledged Jesus as Lord and Savior.

Digital Re-cycle.

The Message is the same.  It has not changed. We have more platforms than ever before. The opportunities are endless.

Digital Re-cycle. That's what the Lord whispered to me. That's when we take the Word of God in whatever format we have it and pass it on. Did you get a great message or image on Facebook that honors God? We can surely like it but better yet ---share it and pass it on!

Did the preacher minister a transforming life changing message from the Word of God – Pass it on! YouTube a platform used weekly to live-stream messages – share it, re-cycle that Good Word!

Sharing the Word of God can bring life and light to those in darkness. There are so many different teachings, books, and writings that contradict the truth of the Word of God. Why not take the Truth and pass it on! Yes, re-cycle the Word of God, use it again! Get your digital soap box, stand and share!

I love to write and design digital marketing images. Everything I do stems from this core; the truth of the Word of God. I don't need 1000 likes on my page. Sharing and reusing and retelling of God's truth is what I desire. In other words, once we have received this truth whether we read it on some media platform or heard it proclaimed on the church platform, we should take this truth and share it.

Sharing or forwarding or re-cycling these truths that arrive in our inbox, tweets or podcasts – we should pass it on. These digital platforms are available to us to reach our circle of influence with the truth of the Word of God.

There's plenty of garbage all around us. Teachings they lead people to believe they can save themselves. Fine-tuned arguments they lead people astray from the Lord. The devil has polluted the world and desires to keep the soul unredeemed. But this is the truth, Jesus came into the world as a baby. He walked among men and became very familiar with their sufferings. He performed miracles even calling the dead back to life. He came to redeem the lost.  He was crucified, died and was resurrected on the third day. The world and the powers of the air are screaming for our attention.

Jesus silently went to the cross to pay for our redemption. Tweet that!

“And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.” 
(Mark 16:15)

This is the charge that God has given us, to those who have believed this great message, those who have been transformed, those reborn of the Spirit of God. Go and pick up your soap box, stand and proclaim The Gospel message.

As you spend time on these digital platforms, re-cycle the good news. Don't let these great works of art be seen by your eyes only –pass it on. Take God's message and send it to your friends and family that need encouragement or perhaps salvation.

“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.” Colossians 3:16

Let the message that has brought salvation and joy to your heart also bring joy and transformation to someone else's life. Yes, YouTube, Instagram or your Twitter platforms can be your voice of life, the saving grace of Jesus Christ proclaimed to those bombarded with trash.

The good news has come through Prophets, Disciples, preachers and teachers. Jesus himself spoke to the multitudes about this Good News.

Don't be afraid, fear has no place in the mission that God has given us.

Go, like it, share it, tweet it, send an email or forward the podcast. But go!

“Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all long suffering and doctrine.” 2 Timothy 4:2

God bless you!~Liz

Friday, January 31, 2020

The Whip

I remember being a little girl hanging out with my sisters in our bedroom. It was bedtime and my father had instructed us to go to sleep. Instead we were giggling making noise, just being silly kids.

My father warned us several times to go to bed. We could have obeyed his authority but children as we were, we continued to laugh, giggle and make a ruckus out of bedtime.

I come often to this memory because it showed me my dad's authority but also his mercy. My dad came into our bedroom clicked on the light and commanded that my two sisters and I get out of bed. He lined us up military style with the belt in his hand. We knew we were in trouble!

My dad had never used the belt on us. Just one look was enough of a warning for me. But that night we challenged his authority. 

It seemed like forever as we stood at attention waiting for the discipline to come. Suddenly, my dad with belt in his hand burst out laughing. I'm sure that was odd for us. After all laughter that was the very reason we were in trouble!

Actually, it wasn't the laughter at all! We chose to challenge of his authority!

Well my dad in his gentleness commanded us to go to bed and this time we obeyed.

In the book of John, we see Jesus in the temple courts addressing an issue that had developed in the place of worship. The temple built with specific instructions from God himself. It was a place to meet with God. A place of consecration. A place of prayer and worship.

Jesus arrives at the scene. The part that stands out to me always is verse 15. “And when he had made a scourge of small cords, he drove them all out of the temple, and the sheep, and the oxen; and poured out the changers' money and overthrew the tables.” (John 2:15 KJV)

How long was Jesus watching the scene? How long did it take him to make the whip? Was he walking among the people and not recognized?
“He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him.” (John 1:10)

Jesus exhibits his patience. How often has he watched us in our own demise, perhaps trying to get our attention but we have ignored or not recognized his authority? A heart of rebellion always challenges authority. Whether we are a little girl in a room not listening to her daddy or redeemed child of Almighty God still messing with sin; He wants us to obey.

Did Jesus sit in a corner and watch his House of Prayer turn into a marketplace? As he put the whip together was, he praying for them?

How many times have we been in sin and we hear the Father enter in and turn on the light during our times of darkness? Have we recognized his authority? Is it not his mercy that leads us to repentance? “Or do you show contempt for the riches of his kindness, forbearance and patience, not realizing that God’s kindness is intended to lead you to repentance?” (Romans 2:4)

John says that the whip was used to disperse the animals. Tables were overturned and the coins were scattered all over the temple floor. Not once do we see the Lord harming any animal or for that matter any person involved in this shamble.

“The Jews then responded to him, “What sign can you show us to prove your authority to do all this?” (v18)

Why would the Jews ask him that question? They didn’t recognize the Authority in the room! Yet, I am certain their hearts were challenged that day. Darkness does not like to be exposed.

A repented submitted heart allows God’s mercy to flow.

That night as a little girl I'm sure I went to sleep thankful I didn't get whacked with a belt.

Today as a child of God I am thankful for his mercy and his grace. I know the Lord has watched we make mistakes. Perhaps at times outright rebelled. But the Lord is gentle. He is the authority over me helping to shape this stubborn heart. Causing me to bend toward righteousness as he leads me by his Spirit.

So, let’s enter the place of worship and give to Jesus our attention, devotion and worship. He promises to meet with us.

He has called! “Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God—children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.” (John 1:12-13)

Let’s pay attention. He is speaking and even walking among us.

The whip never touched the sinners and those making a mockery of the temple that day.  Yet, the Innocent One was beaten and whipped and the hands of rebellious men with a whip made by their hands.  

"Then Pilate therefore took Jesus, and scourged him." (John 19:1)

God bless you!~Liz

Wednesday, January 8, 2020

The Reveal

I love watching Undercover Boss.  It's a program where the owner of a business or the a CEO of a corporation dinguses him/herself and interacts with its employees.

When I read chapter one of the Book of John today this program came to mind.

The employees of these businesses don't know that they are being observed and are interacting with their ultimate "boss."

When then Undercover Boss program comes to an end, the boss reveals him/herself.

The Apostle John records the unveiling of Jesus. Jesus is not disguising himself. He is not trying to find deficiencies in the world. He knows they already exist. He interacts with those made in his image and they do not recognize him.  They continue walking with scales in their eyes unable to see the Creator of the world among them.

"He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him. He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him." (John 1:10-11)

Jesus came just as it was foretold.  The enemy of our soul works really hard to make sure we stay blind.  Groping around this fallen world, trying to "save" or make a name for ourselves. We are broken and at times disgruntled.  Our anger and disillusionment comes from a broken relationship with our Creator.  We were designed for fellowship with God.

Born in sin we don't know true Joy & Peace. The Holy Spirit draws us to himself but often we don't recognize his wooing. God loves us!  God loves us!  He is not trying to play hide and seek.  He is not masking himself so that we don't recognize him. On the contrary, he clothed himself in flesh, in human-likeness and came to be with us on earth. He came with a purpose to ransom us back to God.

John writes "Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God— children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God." (John 1:12-13)

Now that is great news!

The Undercover Boss concludes with their reveal.  Those who were disgruntled are encouraged and at times sent for proper training. Most are commended for their efforts and are even rewarded with gifts that promote continued growth and a fine-tuning of their skills and craft. Usually I am in tears by the time the episode is finished.

When our hearts realize our own mess, Jesus doesn't refuse our surrender to him.  On the contrary, he calls us sons and daughters.  Children born of God.

Just imagine the Lord taking us by the hand and bringing us close to himself.  He wipes away tears of brokeness and rebellion.  He washes us away filth that has tried to define us.  The scales that are off our eyes are tossed away.  He begins to teach us and renew our minds.  He comes developing gifts that have been in us.  There is this sweet tenderness in his words toward us.  He loves us! He knows we messed up.  He knows our distance from him lured us into all kinds of idolatry. But now he has revealed himself to us!  The past is behind and a new road has been set for us.  Let the tears flow.  He has done a new thing in us.  We are new and the old things have passed away!

"The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth."  (John 1:14)

The true light that gives light to everyone has come into the world. (v9)

God bless you!~Liz

Thursday, January 2, 2020

I'm No Puppet

“All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues 
as the Spirit enabled them.” (Acts 2:4)

“When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” (John 8:12)


Driving down my neighborhood these last couple of weeks has been an interesting adventure. A lot of homes are beautifully decorated with lights shimmering in the darkness. What a beautiful picture of the light of Christ that lives in us.

Subsequently, I’ve also seen homes that look like front yard graveyards. It seems that the owners of the homes periodically unplug the power of these plastic animations in their front yards leaving remnants of what was. I must admit this is not a great curb appeal!

These plastic animations are at the mercy of oncoming storms and winds. When it is perceived that the weather is changing the owners unplug their puppets because they are unable to withstand the storm.

Everyday circumstances and things I experience have a way of filtering into the reality of my life. It propels me to examine the condition of my heart.

When the storms of life come, am I still shining bright anchored to a foundation that won't move? Is the light of Christ shining, even at times becoming brighter in the midst of turbulent winds?

The Holy Spirit has come to live within me. I’ve been redeemed, purchased and made a representative of Jesus Christ. More tenderly God calls me his daughter. He has warned me that in this life there will be trouble. But he has also promised to help me remain.

When life's troubles arrive and the winds of life take a turn, I am commanded to remain in Christ, connected an anchored to him. It is his power within me that keeps me standing and shining bright.

I am the fragrance of Christ. The joy of the Lord is within me. The righteousness of Christ has made me right with the Father.

Are we shimmering lights in the midst of darkness or deflated, defeated puppets laying down with no life that would represent Christ and all his glory?

Let the on lookers, look. This house will stand! You will not find a menagerie of deflated puppets to represent me. I bear the light of Christ within me for the whole world to see. A vessel weak at times but held together by his Spirit.

Fill me up Lord! Breath on us again. Let the light of your glory sustain us and keep us. In our brokenness, mend us back together. Keep us humble and pride far from us. Go before us and help us to follow obediently that we may experience the fullness of your glory. Holy Spirit fill us and empower us. Baptize us with your spirit.

PS:  Nothing again these puppets :)  They look cute when they are FILLED!

Wednesday, December 25, 2019

The Road

Show me your ways, Lord, teach me your paths. (Psalm 25:4)

The community I live in is under construction. Roads are popping up everywhere. After several months of driving on a "new" road I came to a halt as I stared at a heap of dirt that could have been called a mountain in its own right. What happened to the road?

Isn't that like life? One day you are going down a road and all of a sudden there is a detour that diverts you down a new path.

Sometimes those new life trails leave us asking questions. Why am I here? Life was great before this life deviation. Why the turn Lord?

What I've learned is that the road was only temporary. It looked pretty permanent to me. There was blacktop, double yellow lines and plenty of traffic going in both directions. There was even grass growing on the side road. But, nevertheless it was short-lived.

Today this road no longer exist. That which had escaped my vision, now I clearly see. It's an entire new freeway that seemed to emerge right before my eyes! The diversion kept me focused on the temporary when in actuality there was a new way of travel, a brand new highway developing giving me easier access to places I need to get too.

The temporary distraction blinded me. My focus was blurred.

So where are you traveling to today? Has the road been changed? Perhaps the diversion is the loss of a job. Is the road filled with decisions that seem to have no answers? Often temporary roads are a "bumpy ride."

Mary and Joseph traveled such a road. Mary was young and pregnant. Joseph pledged to be married to Mary, but now she is pregnant and the child is not his. Now that's a road!

But as we follow the story of their lives, they were entrusted with the responsibility to care for another life. Not just any life, but God Incarnate! Yes God in the flesh, Immanuel - God with us. The Savior of the world emerging on earth bringing Salvation to all. For he loved the world, you & me and knew the sinful state and condition of our lives.

No matter what the road looks like we must trust the Way-Maker. He makes our paths straight and often allows situations to arise that seem like a bumpy road.

Looking back over the past year, I can see that God has always been with me. Even when we don't see it or perceive it at time, He is Faithful. Won't you trust him today to guide you?

The steps of a [good and righteous] man are directed and established by the Lord,
And He delights in his way [and blesses his path]. (Psalm 37:23)

You provide a broad path for my feet, so that my ankles do not give way. (Psalm 18:36)

Direct me in the path of your commands, for there I find delight. (Psalm 119:35)

God bless you!~Liz

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

It's Bright in Here!

I love the fact that I am never alone. 

This is a GREAT Truth that I cherish 
and embrace daily. God speaks!

I was getting ready this morning and as I looked in the mirror I kinda' said to myself, "what can I do to make my face look radiant?" And just that quickly, the Spirit of the Lord said, "get into the Word."

I put down my makeup brush and opened the Word!

Those who look to him are radiant; their faces are never covered with shame. (Psalm 34:5)

A few minutes later my husband came in from outside. He had been cleaning the snow from the last two days.

As he is helping me unravel an item that I had in my hand he says, "wow I've been outside in the light so long that everything looks dark in here."

I smiled and said, "wow, that is truth." Those who stay in God's presence, who stay in His Word are more apt to recognize darkness quicker.

When we surround ourselves with the Truth of the Word of God, this "Measuring Stick" reveals to us our own inadequacies, our sin, rebellion, our actions that break the rules of God, and even cause our ears to hear better!

Just a small reminder my friends, stay in the Word! Allow yourselves to be enveloped in His Presence!

The Light has come!

The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of deep darkness a light has dawned. (Isaiah 9:2)

God bless you!~Liz

Thursday, November 21, 2019

In Addition

"In addition to what you vow and your freewill offerings, offer these to the Lord at your appointed festivals: your burnt offerings, grain offerings, drink offerings and fellowship offerings." (Numbers 29:39)

The words “in addition” sound very good when we are the recipients of something great, aren’t they?

I just finished reading chapter 29 of the Book of Numbers. Ironically, I began to count how often the words “in addition” are found in this chapter.

I am not an expert on the rules and guidelines of all the offering in the Bible, but I do know that God was always teaching something even through the rituals of the days of old.

God is holy and we are not. He wants us to understand our need for Him.

There were burnt offerings, grain offerings, peace offerings, sin offerings and guilt offerings all being overseen by the priest. A system to show mankind that sin had a cost.

I wonder how we would fare if that system was in place today? I can barely keep track of them as I read it!

I believe the heart being cultivated is to release what often we hold tight. It was about giving your best to a Holy God.

The law of Moses required many offerings. In this chapter the command was, “in addition” also bring these animals as an offering. The requirement was specific, and the animals presented had to be healthy free of blemishes. In other words, the best of the best.

In today's currency it would translate to our hard-earned money.

With Thanksgiving on the horizon would we say that our hearts are filled to overflowing with Thanksgiving? What if the Lord said, “in addition” to us? Those words mean above and beyond what you plan on doing. Do more! Stretch yourself. Trust in God. 

Would we feel inconvenienced or maybe just stingy and afraid to let go?

We give at the church but what about if additional offering are presented to us? Do we justify that we gave enough?

If someone needs a financial hand, do we keep our two hands in our pocket?

If we are familiar with the scriptures, we know that the money entrusted to us is actually on loan from the Lord. He instructs us on how to use it and even when to release it. He does this not only with money but with our time and the possessions that we have. He gently spurs us on to do more. If we are still, we can hear the words, “in addition.”

During this thanksgiving season often our hearts become a little bit more tender and our ears more receptive to hearing the words, “in addition.” Praise God!

Let's do this together and when we hear the words “in addition” let's bless the household of faith and our neighbors next door. Let out actions speak of the great work that God has done in us. He has saved us and blessed us richly. 

 Let's be like the little boy who gave up his lunch on the side of the mountain and Jesus was able to multiply it and feed the masses.

“In addition”, pass this message to encourage someone else. Let's learn to bless others during this Thanksgiving season.

God bless you!~Liz