Thursday, October 4, 2012

There It Stands {The Bible}

In the late 1960’s, A. Z. Conrad penned a poetic tribute to the indestructibility of the Bible:
Century follows century-There it stands. 
Empires rise and fall and are forgotten-There it stands. 
Dynasty follows dynasty-There it stands. 
Kings are crowned and uncrowned-There it stands. 
Despised and torn to pieces-There it stands. 
Storms of hate swirl about it-There it stands. 
Agnostics smile cynically-There it stands. 
Profane punsters caricature it-There it stands. 
Unbelief abandons it-There it stands. 
Higher critics deny its inspiration-There it stands. 
Thunderbolts of wrath smite it-There it stands. 
An anvil that has broken a million hammers-There it stands. 
The flames are kindled about it-There it stands. 
The arrows of hate are discharged against it-There it stands. 
Radicalism rants and raves against it-There it stands. 
Fogs of sophistry conceal it temporarily-There it stands. 
The tooth of time gnaws but makes no dent in it-There it stands. 
Infidels predict its abandonment-There it stands. 
Modernism tries to explain it away-There it stands. 

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Draw Me Nearer

I am Thine, O Lord, I have heard Thy voice,
And it told Thy love to me;
But I long to rise in the arms of faith
And be closer drawn to Thee.

Draw me nearer, nearer blessèd Lord,
To the cross where Thou hast died.
Draw me nearer, nearer, nearer blessèd Lord,
To Thy precious, bleeding side.

Consecrate me now to Thy service, Lord,
By the power of grace divine;
Let my soul look up with a steadfast hope,
And my will be lost in Thine.

O the pure delight of a single hour
That before Thy throne I spend,
When I kneel in prayer, and with Thee, my God
I commune as friend with friend!

There are depths of love that I cannot know
Till I cross the narrow sea;
There are heights of joy that I may not reach
Till I rest in peace with Thee.

{Fanny Crosby}

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

The Crimson or Scarlet Worm

This is an article that I found on that I thought was such a beautiful representation of our wonderful Savior. To Him be all glory, honor, and exaltation!

Psalm 22 (sometimes called the Psalm of the Cross) is a great chapter of the Bible that tells about the suffering and death of Christ 1,000 years before he actually gave his life upon the cross. Verse 1 says, “My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? …” In the gospels of Matthew 27:46 and Mark 15:34, Jesus cried out the same words while hanging on the cross. In verse 6 of Psalm 22, Jesus says something odd: “But I am a worm, and no man.” What did he mean by saying “I am a worm”?

Usually in the Bible, the Hebrew word for a worm is “rimmah”, which means a maggot – but the Hebrew word Jesus used here for worm, is TOLA’ATH, which means “Crimson worm” or “Scarlet worm”. Both scarlet and crimson are the colors of blood – deep red.

The Crimson worm [coccus ilicis] is a very special worm that looks more like a grub than a worm. When it is time for the female or mother Crimson worm to have babies (which she does only one time in her life), she finds the trunk of a tree, a wooden fencepost or a stick. She then attaches her body to that wood and makes a hard crimson shell. She is so strongly and permanently stuck to the wood that the shell can never be removed without tearing her body completely apart and killing her.

The Crimson worm then lays her eggs under her body and the protective shell. When the baby worms (or larvae) hatch, they stay under the shell. Not only does the mother’s body give protection for her babies, but it also provides them with food – the babies feed on the LIVING body of the mother!

After just a few days, when the young worms grow to the point that they are able to take care of themselves, the mother dies. As the mother Crimson worm dies, she oozes a crimson or scarlet red dye which not only stains the wood she is attached to, but also her young children. They are colored scarlet red for the rest of their lives.
After three days, the dead mother Crimson worm’s body loses its crimson color and turns into a white wax which falls to the ground like snow. So what did Jesus mean by saying “I am a worm”? There are a lot of ideas what Jesus might have meant, but nobody really knows for sure. However, it is very interesting that, just like the Crimson worm, Jesus sacrificed or gave up his life on a tree so that his children might be washed with his crimson blood and their sins cleaned white as snow. He died for us, that we might live through him!

“Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.” Isaiah 1:18

By Lanny and Marilyn Johnson

Friday, February 3, 2012

Resting In Jesus

Snow is flurrying past the windows of our small coffee shop in Estes Park as I write. A steaming cup of chai is warming my hands, and the Love of Jesus warming my heart. :) 

I just want to send out a simple reminder to continue rest in Christ and allow Him to overflow your hearts with joy as you continue to put your trust and confidence in Him!

“But blessed is the one who trusts in the LORD,
whose confidence is in him.
They will be like a tree planted by the water
that sends out its roots by the stream.
It does not fear when heat comes;
its leaves are always green.
It has no worries in a year of drought
and never fails to bear fruit.” -Jerimiah 17:7
Have a blessed evening! 

Lovingly in Christ,