Playing God

Sep 28, 2019 — Leave a comment

I had the opportunity to write for the blog Proverbial Thoughts a few years back and here is one of my post.

Stop by http://www.proverbialthought.com everyday for a thought from the book of Proverbs.

Proverbial Thought (& More)

Proverbs 14:12

“There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death”

Marco Polo

Growing up, I played a lot of “Marco Polo” during the summer at my grandparent’s pool. If you are not familiar with the game, let me explain. It is a game that you play in water. One person is “Marco” and everyone else is “Polo”. The person that is “Marco” must keep their eyes closed while they swim around in the pool. They would call out “Marco” and everyone else must answer “Polo” and the one that is “Marco” has to listen to where the voices come from and try to swim and tag the “Polos”. Got it?

Well, one day, my brother and I were out in our neighborhood playing with a group of friends when someone suggested we play “Marco Polo”. I had never played…

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Last month I had the opportunity to take a short-term missions trip to the country of Panama. Not only was it to visit one of our sent missionary families from our church, but it was a time for me to reconnect with a life-long friend.

Each day we traveled to the town of Espave, Panama, to do painting and to build windows for their church building. The community where this church is located in is a charcoal community, which means that there is always charcoal residue present and with no windows in the church building, it was causing problems inside. We also had the opportunity to install a water tank for their bathrooms, which provided them with water to use in their sinks and toilets.

I can’t say enough about the team that God put together for this trip. I am not a builder but God had the right people, in the right place, at the right time and for that I am truly grateful.

The theme for my church this year is “Until The Whole World Hears”. That is our goal and should be the goal of every Christian this side of heaven, to proclaim His name to the nations. I hope you enjoy the video!

What does God want from me? A total surrendered life where we are leaving nothing on the court! Read the following from Pastor Rob…

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2 Timothy 4:6-8 CSB

[6] For I am already being poured out as a drink offering, and the time for my departure is close. [7] I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. [8] There is reserved for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give me on that day, and not only to me, but to all those who have loved his appearing.

“Don’t leave anything on the court or field…” this was the way I was taught to compete as an athlete. And this is the sentiment behind what Paul writes here in 2 Timothy.

A drink offering would have been poured out on or alongside a blood sacrifice. Paul is saying that his life has been poured out as an accompanying sacrifice to the death of Christ on the cross. Paul’s life has been…

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As Christians, we all seem to lose our focus on Christ from time to time. The great hymn writer Robert Robinson, even added our loss of focus to his song when he penned “Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing”.

O to grace how great a debtor, daily I’m constrained to be!

Let Thy goodness, like a fetter, bind my wandering heart to Thee.

Prone to wonder, Lord, I feel it, prone to leave the God I love;

Here’s my heart, Lord, take a seal it, seal it for Thy courts above.

So, from time to time, we need to be reminded of who we are but more importantly, we need to be reminded of who HE is.

Today’s Worship Wednesday song is entitled “Is He Worthy?” from Andrew Peterson. Peterson has written this song as a reminder to us as to the power and worth of God Almighty! We are reminded of His power and worth in chapter 5 in the book of Revelation. It says,

Then I saw in the right hand of him who was seated on the throne a scroll written within and on the back, sealed with seven seals. And I saw a mighty angel proclaiming with a loud voice, “Who is worthy to open the scroll and break its seals?” And no one in heaven or on earth or under the earth was able to open the scroll or to look into it, and I began to weep loudly because no one was found worthy to open the scroll or to look into it. And one of the elders said to me, “Weep no more; behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has conquered, so that he can open the scroll and its seven seals.”And between the throne and the four living creatures and among the elders I saw a Lamb standing, as though it had been slain, with seven horns and with seven eyes, which are the seven spirits of God sent out into all the earth. And he went and took the scroll from the right hand of him who was seated on the throne. And when he had taken the scroll, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb, each holding a harp, and golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints. And they sang a new song, saying,

“Worthy are you to take the scroll and to open its seals, for you were slain, and by your blood you ransomed people for God from every tribe and language and people and nation, and you have made them a kingdom and priests to our God, and they shall reign on the earth.”

I hope you enjoy “Is He Worthy?” and worship our Lord today because He is the ONLY ONE WORTHY!


Do you feel the world is broken? (We do)
Do you feel the shadows deepen? (We do)
But do you know that all the dark won’t stop the light from getting through? (We do)
Do you wish that you could see it all made new? (We do)

Is all creation groaning? (It is)
Is a new creation coming? (It is)
Is the glory of the Lord to be the light within our midst? (It is)
Is it good that we remind ourselves of this? (It is)

Is anyone worthy? Is anyone whole?
Is anyone able to break the seal and open the scroll?
The Lion of Judah who conquered the grave
He is David’s root and the Lamb who died to ransom the slave

Is He worthy? Is He worthy?
Of all blessing and honor and glory
Is He worthy of this?
He is

There are a lot of great songs out there for the church to sing – A LOT! One of the things that I have really been challenged with over the past four years is selecting songs that are theologically sound! This includes both worship songs and hymns!

With this in mind, today’s Worship Wednesday song is a song that I absolutely feel in love with the first time I heard it. The song is “His Mercy Is More”. This song was written by Matt Papa & Matt Boswell.

This song is a glorious reminder of the mercy that is freely given to everyone, but it is alway an incredible reminder of the cost that was paid by our Savior.

VERSE 1
What love could remember no wrongs we have done
Omniscient, all knowing, he counts not their sum
Thrown into a sea without bottom or shore
Our sins they are many, his mercy is more
 
VERSE 2
What patience would wait as we constantly roam
What father, so tender, is calling us home
He welcomes the weakest, the vilest, the poor
Our sins they are many, his mercy is more
 
VERSE 3
What riches of kindness he lavished on us
His blood was the payment, his life was the cost
We stood ‘neath a debt we could never afford
Our sins they are many, his mercy is more
 
CHORUS
Praise the Lord
His mercy is more
Stronger than darkness, new every morn
Our sins they are many, his mercy is more

I hope you enjoy today’s Worship Wednesday song as much as I do and I hope that we will thank God today for his mercy!

Micah 7:14 – “He will again have compassion on us; he will tread our iniquities underfoot. You will cast all our sins into the depths of the sea.

Written by Matt Papa (ASCAP), Matt Boswell (BMI) © 2016 Common Hymnal Publishing (ASCAP), Love Your Enemies Music (ASCAP), Matt Boswell’s BMI Publishing Designee (BMI).