In August of 2010, on a warm summer Saturday, I put on my shoes, a pair of shorts, and a sleeveless t-shirt. The grass grows quickly in the summer in Ohio, and as I am our yard’s barber, I was preparing for my weekly ritual to style it to our liking once again.
As I was mowing over the little hill at our house in Pataskala and worshiping the Lord to the sound of worship music from my mobile phone, I heard the voice of the Lord clearly speak to me. This is normal for me – to hear God. What is strange and always stands out to me is when I hear Him without searching for Him to speak. I love the Lord, and I love singing to Him. But once in a while, when I come to praise God – not seeking anything from Him or desiring Him to give me something or to do something for me – but just to praise Him for who He is and all He’s already done – He speaks to me. He wanted to tell me something, you see. He wanted to warn me – to prepare me for battle, because He loves me that much. He loves you that much too. And He’ll speak to you the same way if only you’ll make time to listen.
Have you ever wondered why people often recite the 23rd Psalm at funerals? At least they do on TV shows and movies. It’s almost to the point where people think of death and sadness when they hear it. I don’t know if you’re like me, but I know for a while I refused to consider Psalm 23 after my grandma died, as thinking of it made me sad. I wish I would have considered it more fully sooner, because I'm telling you, it's full of life and promise!
God has determined that everything He does in the earth, He will do through a seed. The Scriptures say, “a seed shall serve Him” (Psalm 22:30) and, “While the earth remains, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease” (Genesis 8:22). From the foundations of the earth, God has ordained this way that His will should be accomplished. Then He made man in the image of Himself – to understand and uphold His principle of the seed.
Linkin Park's fourth studio album, A Thousand Suns, is today. The album brings us the hit single "The Catalyst" along with 14 other amazing tracks. Linkin Park is known for their musical talent and ability to push the bounds of the current era of music. This album can be reviewed in one simple phrase: a magnificent work of art.
Suppose for a moment that you are the first human created by God. You’ve just been created, and God has just breathed into you the breath of life. Since everything God made was created in adult form, you’re an adult. You already speak the first language, and are fully aware of God’s names for the colors. From laying on the ground, looking up into the sky, this is what you see...
On my way to work this morning, I had a song stuck in my head. Kelly Clarkson – Behind These Hazel Eyes. I decided to listen to the song, as often I do when a song finds its way into the repetitive regions of my brain. As the song played, I thought about the lyrics. Song lyrics are usually something highly personal to me, and I sought after what exactly they were touching in my heart. I realized all at once, that these words would be what I would write if Jesus left me. I know and I’m thankful that He’ll never leave or forsake me.