Death sucks

I have a buddy I've known for about 23 years who just lost his 7 year old son. His loss and going to the funeral of my music teacher I took lessons from in high school have made me think about death. You've probably heard the saying, "timing is everything"? Well with death, the timing sucks 99% of the time. My dad died an hour before I got to his bedside. With my music teacher, I never took the opportunity to write her a letter or give her a call to tell her that she was the nicest person God ever sent into my life. I'll be writing that letter to her son.

The minister who officiated at the boys funeral did a great job. What can you say? He quoted a number of scriptures, some of which I have used at my grandparents funerals. These scriptures are true and comforting. But I have reflected on how that the highest form of worship is the lament. When we relate how much pain we are in and how confused we are and even angry, I think that should connect with where we are truly at


Matthew 19
And Jesus said to his disciples, “Truly, I say to you, only with difficulty will a rich person enter the kingdom of heaven. 24 Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the kingdom of God.” 25 When the disciples heard this, they were greatly astonished, saying, “Who then can be saved?” 26 But Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”

From this passage, we get a definition from Jesus of what it means to be "saved". It means to enter the kingdom of God. Being saved or becoming saved is not defined as one who is (now) going to heaven, but as one who has become subjected to God's kingdom, and those who have willingly subjected themselves into God's kingdom will inherit eternal life. Those who walk in and under God's kingdom and his reign will continue to do so after they die.

Also from this passage, we recieve the insight that it's harder, almost impossible, for rich people to become saved; although with God, this is very possible. Jesus is saying that the difficulty is on the human side, that wealth makes it harder for people to become in need of being saved.

I also believe that most Americans and first world people fall into the wealthy category. I think that we make it too easy for people to get saved. When you give your life to God, and that's what it means to be saved; it's not like joining a club, or putting a new credit card in your wallet, or building a room addition on to your house. It's surrender. To recieve Him, you have to give all of you. When you enter the kingdom of God, you come under God's total rule in your life and become recipents of God's blessings. This is salvation.

So salvation is an event and a lifestyle. Saved people behave a certain way, they love a certain way, they are generous, they're on their master's mission.


Consecration is the solemn dedication to a special purpose or service, usually religious. The word "consecration" literally means "setting apart. (Wikipedia)

We consecrate the communion elements when we bless them or ask God to bless them. We consecrate our meals the same way. We also consecrate our selves to God. We also can consecrate our homes our places of worship our times together. To me, it's a raising of the bar, in taking seriously that God dwells among us and that God is real and that God's presence changes everything.

If we are consecrated and our place of meeting is consecrated, then we can really love each other and really be loving and gracious and kind and optimistic. If we are consecrated and dwelling in God like a branch in the vine, we'll be able to confront evil as well; wise as serpents and as gentle as doves.

When we are consecrated we also cherish the sacred things. We need to see God and the Word and the Spirit as sacred. What has been consecrated becomes sacred and needs to be held dear. This is the raising of the bar I mentioned. We need to recognize how we treat each other or God or worship or the Word with contempt, even subtly. We need to repent and consecrate ourselves.

God isn't worried

This is a simple "no-brainer" thought. But my point is that if . God isn't worried, then you don't need to be. I remember listening to the late George Mallone talking about the gift of prophecy. He heard someone try to give a prophecy say, "behold my people, I know you are worried, and I understand because I'm worried too!" This was an example of a person not speaking from God, because God doesn't worry.


During my prayer time this morning, I asked God when a certain thing would happen and I got the impression or heard the still, small, voice say,"go outside and look at your neighbor's licence plate."

As you might know, The Call Nashville will take place on 7-7-07. Watch the video on the sidebar here to find out more.

Update (9-4): My friend said that 777 means God's perfect timing. Just came across an article where Ryan Wyatt says that 7 means perfection, rest, refreshing, and promised land.

Sky Links, 9-27-17