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He Doesn’t Care For Plastic Surgery

first_surgery_1Modern medicine is simply amazing. They can almost do anything with surgery and creativity. You can be remade, refurbished, re-fixed, remolded or re-anything for that matter. There have been those who have had catastrophic accidents and the surgeons were able to correct it to almost its original state.

Men and women who have been injured on a battlefield have required extensive skin and bone surgery and our wonderful doctors have been able to bring some semblance of hope and joy to these people because of their skills.

Dr. Jonathan Dutton came into my life years ago when I was required to have a tumor examined behind my left eye. Dr. Dutton, an ocular-plastic surgeon at Duke University shared with me, pre-surgery, that he would leave a line on my eyebrow that would give the appearance of an expression line. This was to keep from having a major scar. He was true to his word. More years later, Dr. Dutton shared with me his involvement in introducing and utilizing Botox to the market of the common public for cosmetic purposes.

I have had difficulties and situations in my life that have left scars, rips and tears in my emotional and spiritual appearance that needed some major work so that others would perceive me as having it all together and in total and complete health in both areas. However, as usual in plastic surgery, I knew many people could see through that and knew that I had an artificial makeover. The makeover was more embarrassing than the actual disfigurement. It made me look proud and vain.

However, God showed me that agape went deeper than my scars, rips and tears. In fact, He didn’t like the fact that I was trying to take care of something that I had no education or skill in. He didn’t like that I was trying to do self-surgery and internal spiritual repair. His agape to me revealed what my lover knew about me all along. See, in spite of my emotional and spiritual disfigurement, He agaped me for who I was. He agaped me for me. He knew I had been afflicted, storm battered and un-pitied. He told me He didn’t care for plastic surgery. For He showed me scars of agape on His body. I smiled when He said, “Look, see these deep scars on my forehead?” He told me of the crown of thorns. “And look,” He said, “see these scars on my back?” I turned my face in horror. But when He took my hand and grasped them with both of His, I wept as I felt two very deep scars; one on top of my hand from His hand and one underneath my hand from His hand.

He told me that His agape for me would take care of me above and beneath. His scars were proof of that agape.

I’m so glad that that He doesn’t like plastic surgery. However, I realized that my scars don’t matter anymore. His scars are all that matter now. For when I looked again at mine, they were gone, and I looked at Him again and saw them on Him where mine once were on me.

That’s what I think about it.

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Who Wants To Believe This?

painDo you realize pain is pain? It doesn’t really matter how it is incurred or inflicted. Whether you have a toothache or a broken leg, pain is still pain. Now, grant it, the intensity of a particular pain makes a difference in the tolerance of that pain, but still, it is pain.

When we look at the way pain is inflicted, we have to understand that it occurs either by accident or intention. It can be caused by falling down the stairs or by someone pushing us down the stairs. However, the results of both actions are the same; pain.

When pain leaves us, it often leaves a calling card behind. It is called a “scar.” The scar, be it large or small, is a reminder that we had pain, and it was intense. The scar is the equivalent of the pain being gone. It is the remnant. However, in all this, there are certain scars, called “adhesions,” that can cause even more pain. See, scars (whether emotional or physical) are not all the same. Some scars mean the pain is gone, while others are the nagging reminder that we have suffered. Ironically, pain is something we don’t want in our lives, and yet, it is something we can’t escape.

Many try to hide their pain. Some try to mask the pain with drugs, alcohol or even food. While others try to put make up on their scars, so that you cannot see the pain they have suffered.

But I have a better remedy that I read about if you care to believe it. Who wants to believe this with me?

I read in the scriptures in Isaiah chapter 55, verse one, that the question is asked, “Who believes what we’ve heard and seen? Who would have thought that God’s saving power would look like this? (The Message.)

So true.

Who will believe what Jesus did for us? Who will believe that, out of His agape, He died for us so that our sorrows would be minimal? Isaiah 55:4 tells us that He took our burdens, hurts and pains because he “agaped” us. Can you believe that? And verse 5 said it was so that we could (and would) have peace as a result of us believing. And allowing Him to become our burden bearer and our scar carrier, would mean that we wouldn’t have to carry those things. We, in essence, become “freed from them.” Who wants to believe that?

I do. I want to. I must. I have to. I fiercely need to.

And you should too.

Put the drugs down. Quit pouring the drinks. Get rid of all that junk food. It’s not necessary. The burden/scar carrier has taken your pain for you. Just believe it! It’s true.

That’s what I think about it.


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Be Encouraged; God Is In Control

a330_cockpit1That’s good news!

If we listen to what every financial prognosticator says, we’d think there is no hope. If we listen to President Obama every time he spoke, we’d think no one has the answer.  If we believed everything some of those intellects in the world of science and climatology are saying, then we would think the world was going to burn up from global warming.

However the good news is that God is in control.

People, especially Christians, sometimes live their lives like there is no hope available.  Their thought processes during their times of trouble range from unsettled to panic.  Their hearts are saying, “Stay calm, stay calm, don’t panic, don’t panic–on second thought, PANIC!”

Then they start scrambling to see what they can do to solve the problem.  This problem weighs heavily on their mind.  This is compounded by the fact that other problems arise while they are working on the present problem.  Then the problems begin to accumulate.

Sickness creeps in while they are working on other problems and this compounds the problem solving process.  They miss more work because they were working on problems, got sick and now can’t work.  (This is the lifestyle of many Christians you and I personally know.  I’m doing all I can to show them and teach them that God loves them and He is in control!)

Did you see yourself as you were reading?  Did you see how things get out of control for you?

The main problem lies in the fact that you leave out the very ingredient to problem solving; God.  Yes God.  God is in control of all the things in our lives.  We can’t do one thing about keeping the planet warm or cool.  We can’t do one thing about the world’s problems.  We can’t do one thing to keep others from being mean to us.  But there is one thing that we can do and that’s rest in the Almighty.  Relax in His care.

News flash!  That’s exactly what He wants you and me to do; rest.  He wants us to bring our burdens, our anxieties and our problems to Him.  Don’t keep trying to fix them yourself.  Your God is so much bigger than your problem.  Remember that.

He loves you so very much. He cares for you. Don’t ever forget that.

That’s what I think about it.

DTW – http://www.exaltationchurch.com

Love Is A Wonderful Thing

320_si_207_kissDuring the campaign of President Obama, there was much talk of religion and him having to distance himself from his pastor of 20 years as a result of political pressure. This action didn’t help those who see themselves as being “religious” and only aided the cause of those who do not see the need for religion. To some he was doing the right thing, to others he was playing the role of the hypocrite for just now doing this for the sake of his campaign. I have a gut feeling that he’ll be viewed as a prodigal who lost his mind for a while and then returned to the safe haven of his former pastor.

All too often, people view events such as this and shake their head in bewilderment and confusion wondering what the real deal is as it is pertains to Christianity. People want to see and know if believers are “keeping it real.” Now, here is where it gets perplexing.

Everyone uses phrases like, “we ought to love one another. We ought to love our neighbor as ourselves. Love is a many splendored thing,” and on and on. However, are we really receiving this kind of love?

Imagine with me a world where people actually loved one another like family. Ok, so that’s not going to happen, I agree. So where are we going to get this love? And when we need it, where do we find it? Don’t you know of people that are in dire need of love? Don’t you know of people who don’t have any love? What do they do?

God originally asked his children to love others and to show His love to others. I long for our Christian brothers and sisters to become skilled at of the love of the Father and distribute it with others. However the first thing we have to do is recognize, experience and know this love. It’s not just any kind of love. It is a love that looks beyond faults, failures and flaws. It’s a love that gives someone a hug because you know they need it. It’s the kind of love that kisses someone on the face because they need it. It’s the kind that cries for the person who needs it–out of concern for them. It is a love that loves intensely.

See, this is the kind of love of which Jesus was speaking. When you understand this love, you’ve understood God’s love; agape love. A love that comprises all loves within one. A love that cares, embraces and serves others. A kind of love that is so far above all other types of love, that it is inexplicable.

Anybody need some love?

We have plenty of it.

That’s what I think about it

DTW – http://www.exaltationchurch.com

My God, What Is This World Coming To?

gunmanOn Sunday morning, March 8, 2009, a deranged and violent person causally waltz into the First Baptist Church in Maryville, Illinois and unloaded 4 rounds toward the pastor as he stood in the pulpit, with one of the rounds finding their target in the chest of the pastor. The pastor died as a result of this senseless act.

A while back in January, a Richmond, VA pastor was attacked in his study on an early Saturday morning by two men who came in and demanded money. He was stabbed several times and beaten.

While these are two examples of senseless acts of violence, random at best, it still causes one to ponder and consider what in God’s name is going on in America.

Then there are the gun control advocates who want to take away the guns from the law abiding citizens–which really means that it would only cause more people to be in harms way without having a means in which to protect themselves.

Had there been someone in the congregation who was a law abiding citizen with a concealment license and having his weapon on him or her, that pastor might still be living.

In the case of the Richmond Pastor, had he had a gun nearby, he could have used it for the purpose of thwarting off his attackers or fully disengaging their acts of crime by stopping them in their tracks temporarily or permanently.

You say, “We don’t need guns.” No, but what are we going to do if we DO need one?

I have people say to me, “Pastor, God’s going to take care of us.” I know that.

I also know that God gave us a great brain, super good logic and reasoning. I also realized that if David had not had that sling the day that sword-toting giant threatened him, he would have been up that creek where he got those five stones, with out a paddle.

I’m glad that the Bible tells us Nehemiah stationed guards around the city with swords in the people’s hands as they rebuilt the city God had called him to rebuild and restore.

Look, with the economy in jeopardy, crime will become rampant. People will become more depressed because the money god they depend on isn’t working out for them. When a person needs money and they don’t have it and their hopes of getting it look slim to none, they will do whatever is necessary to get it. Mark it down.

As believers, let’s be smart and don’t stick our heads in the sand as it relates to protecting ourselves. And let’s not be so religious that we inwardly fear that which we think might come upon us.


That’s what I think about it.

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