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Dear Friend

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Dear Lydia,(fictional name) I've thought a lot about you since our coffee day last week. Not in a 'creepy' way , but in how can I direct your steps to follow and love God, because I know that is your heart's desire. After seeing you I read an interview by Jen Wilkin, the author of Women of the Word. The interview was about books on her shelf, what she is reading and the authors that have influenced her life. Here is her brief list.
  • The Knowledge of the Holy by A.W. Tozer... I have read this since college and read it almost every year.
  • The Attributes of God by A.W. Pink
She has also been influenced by Dietrich Bonhoeffer, G.K. Chesterson and Augustine. She also read R.C. Sproul, Wayne Grudem, James Boice and John Stott. I like Christian Beliefs by Wayne Grudem and was encouraged as I read the scriptures pointing me to Jesus.
...keeping our eyes on Jesus, the source and perfecter of our faith.,,...therefore, strengthen your tired hands and weakened knees... Hebrews 12:2, 12 Let us strive to know the Lord. His appearance is as sure as the dawn. He will come to us like the rain, like the spring showers that water the land." Hosea 6:3
So, dear friend, shall we start together in knowing God and looking to Him every second of everyday. I am making Colossians 1:10 my new life verse because I want to walk worthy of the Lord. I want to be fully pleasing to Him and bear fruit in every good work and grow in the knowledge of our Great God. Love, Jody This letter is not fiction, but the name is. I wrote it earlier this year to a friend who asked for some reading material to help her focus on the Lord. This letter is a result of that request. 

I Was Them

As we walk the way of the cross this week towards Good Friday, I have been reminded of a very simple truth. We remember that Jesus was arrested for a crime he did not commit, questioned by the high priest then shuffled off to the office of the roman governor who would not make any decisions as to Jesus' future but took the coward's way out by letting the crowds decide.
Crucify him, crucify him was their demand and cry.
There's much more to the story, I encourage you to read it in Luke 22-23. But the end of the story, Jesus is crucified, dead , buried and rose again on the third day...that's why we celebrate Easter. The simple thought I was led to Sunday morning was Luke 23:34
Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.
I have been gently reminded I was them.  No, I wasn't standing at the foot of the cross as Jesus was dying, no I didn't cast lots for the clothes that had been stripped off him and no, I wasn't there condemning him to death or yelling from the crowd to crucify. And yet... my sin put him on the cross, my rejection of what Jesus Christ came to do; reconcile me back to a loving Heavenly Father; was why he hung on the cross, bore the shame and agony of his Father turning away from him, yes... I was them. But it didn't end there for me and it doesn't for anyone who repents of their sin, asking forgiveness of their sin through Jesus Christ, and trusting in him for salvation, of being able to say I am now a friend of God. It's all right there, read for yourself in Luke 23. And no longer be among them.

Why Should I Pray?

My post, Do Not Disturb, not only generated some great comments from you, but reading through the post several times, gave me thoughts for continuing the discussion. One question I have had in the past is not how to pray but why should I pray? Just Googling 'books on Christian prayer', there were bout 37,000,000 results. There are many books, articles and blog posts you could read for the answer as to why we pray. I don't have all the answers, but I would like to share briefly why and how I pray. What is prayer? I like the simple definition found at Dictionary.com, which says prayer is entering into spiritual communion with God. God Who called everything and everyone into being by just saying it, wants to be in communion with me. God Almighty wants little 'ole me to talk to Him. I want to know the God of the Bible who loves me so much He made a way for me to be in relationship with Him, through Jesus Christ, and this is possible by prayer. The goal of prayer is not only to ask, but to worship and adore He Who gives me my every breath and a new day.
Devote yourselves to prayer...Colossians 4:2
  • Scripture encourages us to be constant in prayer.
Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, persistent in prayer. Romans 12:12
We have also been given a model to pray, often called the Lord's Prayer, but more of an example to follow. Our Father who art in Heaven--is He your Father? Is God your Friend through a saving relationship with Jesus? Hallowed by Your Name--I acknowledge God is the Only One Who is Holy and there is no other Name upon which we can call to be saved. Your Kingdom come--do I want God's Kingdom to come? Or do I want Jody's kingdom to come everyday? Do I want to be a part of God's Kingdom? Your Will be done on earth as it is in heaven-Will I bend my will to God's will or will I continue to insist on my own way, my own rights? Give me this day my daily bread--In praying this I surrender to the fact I will not worry about tomorrow, and trusting God will provide for everything I need for today. Forgive my trespasses as I forgive those who trespass against me. Not only am I sinned against, I'm a sinner too. Will I extend the same forgiveness God has given me to someone who has hurt me? Lead me not into temptation, but deliver me from the evil one. I need to know what my weaknesses are, recognize what I am tempted by and where the temptation comes from and flee, run from evil, don't keep it company. For Thine is the Kingdom, the power and the glory forever. Amen