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The incarnational and invitational God revealed

Last week Larry Crabb spoke on the theme of gender at Colorado Christian University and I want to share the videos with you.  It’s a brief look into an overall teaching of how we as men and women are designed to display the incarnational and invitational character of God.

If you want to skip straight to the teaching, in this video it starts around minute 21.

The teaching in this video starts around minute 18.

He rescued from the grave…I come alive

Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good;
his love endures forever.

Let the redeemed of the LORD say this –
those he redeemed from the hand of the foe,
those he gathered from the lands,
from east and west, from north and south.


Some wandered in desert wastelands…
Then they cried out to the LORD…
and he delivered them…

Let them give thanks to the LORD for his unfailing love
and his wonderful deeds for men


Some sat in darkness and the deepest gloom,
prisoners suffering in iron chains…
Then they cried to the LORD…
and he saved them…

Let them give thanks to the LORD for his unfailing love
and his wonderful deeds for men


Some became fools through their rebellious ways
and suffered affliction…

Then they cried to the LORD…
he sent forth his word and healed them;
he rescued them from the grave.

Let them give thanks to the LORD for his unfailing love
and his wonderful deeds for men.
Let them sacrifice thank offerings
and tell of his works with songs of joy.


Excerpts from Psalm 107

Playlist from 2011

Every year I have songs that become embedded in the fabric of my life.  They are lessons learned, prayers prayed, truths discovered, praises offered.

Here are the top ten eleven songs from my life’s playlist for 2011.  I wonder what 2012’s playlist will look like?

Rock of Ages/When the Day Seems Long – Sandra McCraken “Rock of Ages, When the day seems long, from this labor and this heartache I have come, the skies will wear out, but you remain the same, Rock of Ages I praise Your name….Rock of Ages You have brought me near…Rock of Ages I need Your grace”

Remind Me Who I Am – Jason Gray “When I lose my way and I forget my name, remind me who I am. In the mirror all I see, is who I don’t want to be, remind me who I am. In the loneliest places, when I can’t remember what grace is. Tell me once again who I am to You…Tell me lest I forget who I am to You, That I belong to You…I’m the one You love.”

Peace – Rich Mullins “Though we’re strangers still I love you. I love you more than your mask. And you know you have to trust this to be true. And I know that’s much to ask. O lay down your fears. Come and join this feast. He has called us here. You and me. …And His outstretched arms are still strong enough to reach, behind these prison bars to set us free.”

O For A Thousand Tongues – Mike Rayson “O for a Thousand tongues to sing…the triumphs of His grace…He breaks the power of cancelled sin, He sets the prisoner free…With the saints and the sages the song of the ages I bring.”

O for a Thousand Tongues

Christ is Risen – Matt Maher “Christ is Risen from the dead…Come Awake, Come Awake, Come and Rise Up from the Grave”

Something Beautiful – Nathan Tasker “I’m counting the stars, but the sky is overrun. You made a sea of endless lights. I would have been impressed by one. You’re more than enough. Your love shows no reserve, just like the brilliant sky above, You give me more than I deserve…Every day is a brand new miracle, when you keeping giving grace upon grace”

Something Beautiful

Highly Favoured – CompassionArt/Amy Grant “Who I have become in you, is grace beyond all measure.”

Highly Favoured

Just Grace – Mike Rayson “Not by the works of my hands or my best laid plans, just grace….from my first to my last all my life will pass through grace”

Just Grace

What Joy Is Found – Jeremy Riddle “What joy is found in communion with you, beholding your beauty and knowing your truth…singing O how lovely is the King in all His glory…and how amazing is His love so unfailing, is His grace that draws us near”

What Joy Is Found

Jesus Come – Evan Wickham “You said that you will, O but our prayer is still, Jesus Come, Please Come…The whole earth is reaching out, Yearning for your renown, Jesus Come…Waiting we long for the glory of Your presence…Let your glory be revealed in my life”

Jesus Come

Jesus Draw Me Ever Nearer (May This Journey) “Let the treasures of the trial form within me as I go…May this Journey bring a blessing, May I rise on wings of faith, And at the end of my heart’s testing, With Your likeness let me wake”

Did your year have a playlist? What songs were on it?

Just Grace

I had a wonderful week at Euro InTent and I’m thankful to have a moment to share with you just a few things that I am thankful for in the midst of a busy travel schedule.

  • I’m so thankful that we can come before the throne of grace
  • I’m thankful that He hears our prayers and delights to speak into our lives
  • I’m thankful that the Spirit is poured out in our hearts and our lives with the same power that raised Christ from the dead!
  • I’m thankful that when engage in intercession for others, God speaks to us as well and that we never leave the presence of the Lord unchanged
  • I’m thankful for our identity in Christ, that we are chosen and dearly loved
  • I’m O So Thankful for grace

Just Grace by Mike Rayson

Come to Jesus and Come Lord Jesus

Today (and for days now) I’ve been meditating on this truth of how to see ourselves and how to see others in our spiritual community.

“We are not our problems.  We are not our wounds.  We are not our sins.  We are persons of radical worth and unrevealed beauty.  If we face ourselves fully, we will be broken by what we see, by the selfishness and fear and rage and lust that cover our spiritual beauty like tarnish on silver.  But the silver is there.  Something brilliant and intact gleams through the stain of our brokenness.”

“…what is deepest within is not brokenness but beauty, the literal beauty of Christ.”

Larry Crab – Becoming a True Spiritual Community

And as I meditate on these things, this song is playing in the back of my mind.  Listen to Matt describe the birth and the lyrics of this song. It is such a perfect complement to the thoughts above.

Despite all our ‘tarnish” we are still invited to say, Come Lord Jesus.

Grace…so much grace…

For all the thirsty in need of the river
For all the sleeping hearts waking from their slumber
For everyone still standing at the shoreline, come

For all the hurting souls running from their healer
For all the skeptics running from an answer
Let everyone who hears these words say come

For the Spirit and the Bride say come
Yeah, the Spirit and the Bride say come

For all the Pharisees, empty on the inside
For all the lovers who spent their love on a lie
For the forgotten, the Father’s heart says come

For all the fatherless looking for approval
For all the daughters who’ve never heard they’re beautiful
Let everyone who hears these words say come

Amen, Amen
Come Lord Jesus, Come Again
Until then, Until then
Grace and Peace be ours, Amen

Till you come again
Peace be ours, Amen
Till you come again
Till you come again

The Love In Between on Itunes

How Majestic is Your Name

When I consider your heavens,
the work of your fingers,
the moon and the stars,
which you have set in place,
what is man that you are mindful of him,
the son of man that you care for him?

O LORD, our Lord,
how majestic is your name in all the earth!

Psalm 8:3-4, 9

Yet I am always with you;
you hold me by my right hand.
You guide me with your counsel,
and afterward you will take me into glory.
Whom have I in heaven but you?
And earth has nothing I desire besides you.
My flesh and my heart may fail.
but God is the strength of my heart
and my portion forever.

Psalm 73:23-26

Remember the beautiful video images as you listen to these words…

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Melodic Mid-Week

Here are some melodies to brighten your week…check out these great new artists/songs:

Sarah Kroger

Album: Your Time (5 songs)

Preview songs: @ itunes or @ amazon

In the silence of the heart You speak
And Your mercy is the air I breathe

To the quiet of this room You come
I am captivated by this love

Silence fall, Oh I am listening
I am listening, sing to me

Spirit fall, Oh please stay with me
I am listening now

In the stillness of my soul You know
You are hope that will not let me go

Excerpts of lyrics from “In the Silence”

Penny and Sparrow

Album: Creature (3 songs)

Preview songs: @ itunes or @ amazon

All I know is in sleep….
I can taste and feel need….
Life alone makes me shake….
If I die before I wake….

Every drop that I bleed…
It’s a gift You give me….
Let me spend my skin on You….
Kiss me, whisper, make me new….

I’m a creature for Your love….

On the day I come home,
And look at You and Your throne,
Every joy I’ve seen is waste,
When I touch Your gorgeous face….

I’m a creature for Your love….

Lyrics from the song “Creature”

UPDATE: Here’s a new widget with the Penny and Sparrow songs for your listening pleasure.

Jason Gray

Single: Remind Me Who I Am

When I lose my way,
And I forget my name
Remind me who I am

In the mirror all I see
Is who I don’t wanna be
Remind me who I am

In the loneliest places
When I can’t remember what grace is

Tell me, once again
Who I am to You, who I am to You

If I’m Your beloved can You help me believe it

I’m the one You love, I’m the one You love

Excerpts of lyrics from “Remind Me Who I Am”

Aware of Love

I’m a faithful fan of “So You Think You Can Dance”.   No, I can’t dance, but I do love watching the pure passion and abandon that the dancers infuse into their art.  But this post isn’t about the show.  It’s about love.

Did you watch the episode a couple of weeks ago where Jess and Kathryn danced to the song “The Lonely?”  OK – you don’t have to admit if you watched it.  I’ll embed the video for you.

The premise of the choreography is that love is right in front of her, but she just doesn’t see it.

Did you notice it?  The deliberate disconnect: no eye contact between them until the very end.  He pursued, seeking to draw her eyes, but she looked away each time.

So often this is my dance with my Savior.  He holds me.  He carries me.  He pursues me, passionately holding on, but I never lift my eyes.

I don’t believe that this blindness is mine alone.  The curse of fallen humanity bleeds with blindness.  We live and move and breathe and dance through life unaware of the great, great love of God.  The personal, pursuing love that gave everything.

I believe that truly opening our eyes to the love of God would change everything.

If I was aware of every touch, every look, every step…if I was aware of the lover of my soul moment by moment wouldn’t the dance of my life change?

Can you imagine?

Can you stretch wide your eyes and see Him right now as He reaches for you with longing?

Lift your eyes.

May they grow round with the wonder of His love.

May your dance be face to face, deeply gazing into the eyes of perfect love.

Think deeply on this truth:

“you are precious in my eyes,
and honored, and I love you”

Excerpt from Isaiah 43:4

May you walk this week practicing awareness and attentiveness to the pursuing, passionate and ever present love of God.