Thursday, December 10, 2009

So Cool

It happened again. That thing about coincidence I mentioned happened again today in church! SO cool. I've been reading the book Lifestories by Mark Hall (Casting Crown's lead singer) and listening to 2 of their CD's; Lifesong and The Altar and the Door. There is a song on The Altar and the Door called East to West. There is a line that goes: "Can you show me how far the East is from the West?; From one scarred hand to another."

Paslm 103:12 says: As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us." That song is talking about this verse and I love the image of Christ saying, "This far" and stretching out his arms at his sides; from east to west or from one scarred hand to the other.

So, our worship leader (Kirk) started to lead a song and said that the previous week all of the slips of paper people had written on (things that they believed were holding them back from a true relationship with God) had been collected and burned. He called those slips of paper "lifestories." So cool. I had never heard that term before reading this book and now, a mere few days after I start reading it, that term is used again at church. Then...he also mentioned the east from the west verse and that song has been rattling around in my head for days. Love when stuff like that happens.

My chapter for yesterday was Matthew 5. That was also a key verse in today's sermon; Matthew 5:14-16 "You are light of the world. A city on a hill can't be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives its light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in Heaven."

So many themes are repeating themselves for me. It's affirmation.
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