Faith Meets World

Reflections on faith in a messed-up but beautiful world

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Who is this man?

As Easter steadily approaches, I thought it would be a good time to share a video based on a compilation of sequences from Mel Gibson’s The Passion of the Christ. It’s titled “Who is Jesus?”, and I originally made it to use in an evangelistic church service in France back in 2008. However, being kind and thoughtful as I am, I’ll give you the English version…

Perhaps the most important question we will ever face is when Jesus asks us, as he asked Peter, “Who do you say that I am?”

Better than sacrifice

If you’ve been following this blog for any length of time, you’ll know that I’m a big fan of the late Keith Green. Here’s an example of why, thirty years on, his music still continues to challenge and inspire.

To obey is better than sacrifice
I don’t need your money, I want your life
And I hear you say that I’m coming back soon
But you act like I’ll never return

Well you speak of grace and my love so sweet
How you thrive on milk, but reject My meat
And I can’t help weeping at how it will be
If you keep on ignoring My words

Well you pray to prosper and succeed
But your flesh is something I just can’t feed

To obey is better than sacrifice
I want more than Sundays and Wednesday nights
‘Cause if you can’t come to Me every day
Then don’t bother coming at all

To obey is better than sacrifice
I want hearts of fire, not your prayers of ice
And I’m coming quickly to give back to you
According to what you have done

When I look at the blood

Of what does the blood of Jesus primarily speak to you? Does it speak to you of anger, divine justice and ritualistic sacrifice? Or does it speak to you of love, love, love?

Take a few minutes and let Godfrey Birtill help you see the love of God:

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Your love broke through

I often like to start the week off on the blog with a song. And who better to help us on our way this Monday morning than the one and only Keith Green singing about the unstoppable, uncontainable love of God?

Like a foolish dreamer trying to build a highway to the sky
All my hopes would come tumbling down, and I never knew just why
Until today, when you pulled away the clouds that hung like curtains on my eyes
Well I’ve been blind all these wasted years and I thought I was so wise
But then you took me by surprise

Like waking up from the longest dream, how real it seemed
Until your love broke through
I’ve been lost in a fantasy that blinded me
Until your love broke through

All my life I’ve been searching for that crazy missing part
And with one touch you just rolled away the stone that held my heart
And now I see that the answer was as easy as just asking you in
And I am so sure I could never doubt your gentle touch again
It’s like the power of the wind

Like waking up from the longest dream, how real it seemed
Until your love broke through
I’ve been lost in a fantasy that blinded me
Until your love broke through

A song to start the week

In the Palace, in the land of mercy
The King looked out from His throne
He saw the sick and the homeless and hungry
He saw me lost and without hope
And, moved with compassion
He sent out His only Son
With the invitation to come

This is your invitation
Come just the way you are
Come find what your soul has been longing for
Come find your peace
Come join the feast
Come in
This is your invitation

So I stood outside the gates and trembled
In my rags of unworthiness
Afraid to even stand at a distance
In the presence of Holiness
But just as I turned to go
The gates swung open wide
And the King and His only Son
They invited me inside

[Chorus]

So now will you come with me
To where the gates swing open wide
The King and His only Son
Are inviting us inside

This is our invitation
Come sinner as you are
Come find what your soul has been longing for
Come find your peace
Come join the feast
Come in
This is your invitation
This is our invitation
This is the invitation

— Steven Curtis Chapman

A prayer in song

Create in me a clean heart, O God,
and renew a right spirit within me.
Cast me not away from your presence,
and take not your Holy Spirit from me.
Restore to me the joy of your salvation,
and uphold me with a willing spirit.

— Psalm 51:10-12

Open up

This Monday morning, let’s begin the week with a prayer in the form of a song:

You heard the cry of our hearts
And You came down
Freely You gave us Your love
Showing us how

Make me an instrument of Your peace
Where there is hatred let me sow love
Where there is darkness let me shine light and
May Your love cause us to open up
Cause us to open up our hearts
May Your light cause us to shine so bright
That we bring hope into the dark

All that we do without love
It means nothing
Grant us the courage to give
As You’re calling

Make me an instrument of Your peace
Where there is hatred let me sow love
Where there is darkness let me shine light and
May Your love cause us to open up
Cause us to open up our hearts
May Your light cause us to shine so bright
That we bring hope into the dark

Hope for the hopeless, Your love is
Strength in our weakness, Your love is
May we love, as You love
Hope for the hopeless, Your love is
Strength in our weakness, Your love is
May we love, as You love
(As only You can love, oh God)
May we love, as You love
May we love, as You love

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