Sigur Rós: Hoppípolla

Indie music.
Lyrically artistic.
Fascinatingly ironic.

This film generates an intriguing thought.

Yes, one could take the simplistic approach, only identifying the theme of playful youthfulness still burning within the heart of the aged. Even from such a perspective, one could draw joyful parallels, where aging is inevitable, but growing up is optional.

When I first watched this film, my perspective jumped immediately to the eternal, coupled with the frailness of life. Our lives are short. We are here on this earth for but a breath.

Sentiment settled within me. I watch and feel as though every moment should be cherished.

While true, it also gives me hope as I anticipate a journey into the eternal. It was Peter Pan that voiced, “To die will be an awfully big adventure.” Culturally, we don’t talk much about death and we talk very little about the afterlife. We busy ourselves so as to deceive ourselves that death is anything but reality. However, if thought about intently, it is a fearful thought to those that are honest.

But as a Christian, I trust my God. I believe in an eternal. I believe that the journey before me is a road to a New Earth. I picture myself as an old passenger. One like such in the film. And I picture my life ending and the journey to the New Earth beginning. What would my initial reaction be entering the Kingdom that my Lord dwells? Words cannot describe the joy my heart will feel when that moment is upon me. Though I can imagine myself jumping through mud puddles, having a childlike giddiness, and a renewed spirit.

I am captivated by the loveliness of my future.

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[Free] Thursday Morning Expresso Shot of Encouragement

Thursday is one of those midweek days. We itch for Friday. We anticipate the weekend.

So to help you through the day today, meditate on the words of David found in Psalm 18:1-3, 28, 35: “I will love You, O LORD, my strength. The LORD is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer; My God, my strength, in whom I will trust; My shield and the horn of salvation; Your right hand has held me up, Your gentleness has made me great. For You will enlighten my darkness. You have also given me the shield of Your salvation; Your right hand has held me up, your gentleness has made me great.”

We have to remember that the struggles and stresses of the day are merely temporary. A piece of the fall as it were. What seems to challenge us today, yes, highlights our frailty as humans, but respectively illuminates the power of our Creator. And it is through trials we face every day that strengthen our ability to move forward. I heard it summed this way, “Where was faith, without trial to test it; or patience, with nothing to bear; or experience without tribulation to develop it?”

Embrace the light load God has allowed you to carry. Our King, our Deliverer is at our side, ruling the realms with His feet up!

So, add a spring to your step and rejoice! For this is the day that the Lord has made.

And do not forget to smile! http://youtu.be/9jyCfRHumHU

The Cloud Rider

I’m plagued with an intense longing.
Like a black hole deep inside my being.
It can’t be satisfied and it needs to be filled.

I’ve tried to fill the void.
Love. Money. Friends.
All meaningless.
My indulgences have been nothing more than temporary frills.
Frills that leave me empty and unfulfilled.

Purpose.
It’s what I desire.
What I seek.

Discovered in otherworldly realms.
The heavenlies.
My longing is for a home I will eternally dwell.
A renewed country.
A New Earth.
Where I can walk with my Creator in the cool of the day.
Where I can fall at Jesus’ feet in worship.
Where angels are known by name.
And where redeemed friends find perfection.

It’s my true home.

Emotion wells inside my soul.
Butterflies. Excitement. Anticipation.
My heart smiles.
My heart giggles.
My heart’s love is but one short lifetime away.

Awaiting the trumpet to scream,
I look to the skies for a Hero.
A Savior.
My Cloud Rider.

New Sermon Series: STRENGTH AND COURAGE!

North Park Baptist Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan is where I call home. The newest sermon series will be titled: “Strength and Courage!” The passage is Joshua 1:9 (one passage that I hold dear to my heart in particular). I have quoted the passage from the Message bible. It is a translation that is interesting to reference from time to time.

“After the death of Moses the servant of God, God spoke to Joshua, Moses’ assistant:

‘Moses my servant is dead. Get going. Cross this Jordan River, you and all the people. Cross to the country I’m giving to the People of Israel. I’m giving you every square inch of the land you set your foot on—just as I promised Moses. From the wilderness and this Lebanon east to the Great River, the Euphrates River—all the Hittite country—and then west to the Great Sea. It’s all yours. All your life, no one will be able to hold out against you. In the same way I was with Moses, I’ll be with you. I won’t give up on you; I won’t leave you. Strength! Courage! You are going to lead this people to inherit the land that I promised to give their ancestors. Give it everything you have, heart and soul. Make sure you carry out The Revelation that Moses commanded you, every bit of it. Don’t get off track, either left or right, so as to make sure you get to where you’re going. And don’t for a minute let this Book of The Revelation be out of mind. Ponder and meditate on it day and night, making sure you practice everything written in it. Then you’ll get where you’re going; then you’ll succeed. Haven’t I commanded you? Strength! Courage! Don’t be timid; don’t get discouraged. God, your God, is with you every step you take.'”

I spoke to my pastor and he explained that it will be a three part series. The series is called “Strength and Courage” from Joshua 1:1-9. The basis of it is that God commands Israel and us to be strong and courageous in living for him…but how do we do that? What is our resource for this strength and courage. The text give us three reason that form the three parts of the series on how we can be strong and courageous…

1. Because God uses his servants…it doesn’t matter whether it is Moses, Joshua or me and you. If we are simply servants, doing God’s will and relying on him, then God will use us.

2. Because God keeps his promises…He made promises to Abraham and  Israel and fulfilled every one and he will do the same for us.

3. Because God honors obedience…Joshua and Israel were to know the Book of the Law so they could be faithful to the covenant God had made with them. If they would simply obey God, he would bring them the success that he had promised. As Christians under the new covenant, obedience to his Word is still key.

So that’s the general idea. I will be sure to update this post and attach the podcasts for each message.

Stay sweet!