God is Our Refuge and Strength

Nested dolls
Nested dolls

Jeremiah 23:1-6
Psalm 46
Colossians 1:11-20
Luke 23:33-43


Now Christ is the visible expression of the invisible God…. He is both the first principle and the upholding principle of the whole scheme of creation…. Life from nothing began through him, and life from the dead began through him, and he is, therefore, justly called the Lord of allPhillips

As Thomas à Kempis said, we should be The Imitation of Christ. (His book by that title was first published in Latin in 1418 as De Imitatione Christi). It is too bad Cotton Mather did not pattern his preaching after the book; the witch trials might have been avoided.

Luke, along with Matthew, Mark, and John, described the crucifixion of Jesus in detail because it is the central pivot point of history. Jesus had to die to this world just as all of us must die. Our real lives will begin when Jesus returns to earth for the final battles against evil. When the Holy Temple and the New City of Jerusalem descends to earth, we will all take our places per God’s invitation, based on his Mercy.

What stands between us and the New Jerusalem?

Those who do not believe in God drift through this life, always searching without knowing what it is they seek. Substitutes abound: drugs, alcohol, sex, work, fame, but they all fall short over time. Many dabble at religion, sometimes jumping from one to another. Of those, many dabble at Christianity without making a commitment. They join the church the same way they join clubs; attending when they feel like it.

There is a simple test to discover if you are a committed Christian (or any other group member): how do you spend your time? Don’t simplify the answer by thinking about where you are at eleven on Sunday morning, or even if you attend church.

Do you comfort those who are suffering, feed the hungry, do what is right for all people, show mercy to everyone, seek peace between friends and strangers, or visit those in prison?

The truth is, we find the time to do the things that are important to us. Do we find the time to do the things that are important to Jesus?


Be righteous and do good.

Mike Lawrence

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