Monday, April 21, 2014

Pieces of Light by Julie Cave

This was, by far, my least favorite of this series. The writing was good and the characters you could identify with, which I liked. I was also thankful to see a downfall of a "villain" who had been in the other books, but it was still unfinished. (This is supposedly only a trilogy.) However, it was so obvious to me who the guilty party was the moment they were introduced. I tried to look at others when they came in, but it was so obvious. This made it much less fun to read. I also felt a situation with Dinah was handled poorly in my personal opinion. If you have read the first two then go ahead and read this one, but be prepared for a let down, especially after the second. 

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Death in His Grave

Though the earth cried out for blood
Satisfied her hunger was
Her billows calmed on raging seas
for the souls of men she craved

Sun and moon from balcony 
Turned their heads in disbelief
Their precious Love would taste the sting
Disfigured and disdained

On Friday a thief
On Sunday a King
Laid down in grief
But awoke with the keys
Of Hell on that day
The first born of the slain
The man Jesus Christ laid death in His grave

So three days in darkness slept
The Morning Sun of righteousness
But rose to shame the throes of death 
And overturn his rule

Now daughters and the sons of man
Would pay not their dues again
The debt of blood they owed was rent
When the day rolled a new

On Friday a thief
On Sunday a King
Laid down in grief
But awoke with the keys
Of Hell on that day
The first born of the slain
The man Jesus Christ laid death in His grave

He has cheated 
Hell and seated 
us above the fall
In desperate places 
He paid our wages
One time once and for all

Jesus has overcome death for us! Thanks be to God!

Listen to the song here.

Friday, April 18, 2014

On The Day The Sky Went Black

On the day the sky went black 
The Light of the World obscured 
Sins of the Earth strapped on His back 
The shame of the cross to endure

Oh - Oh

On the day the sky went black 
Christ in the death machine 
A Roman spear spilling blood from his side 
That would wash all the stained ones clean

Oh – oh Itʼs over and done, Itʼs over and done 
Oh – oh Itʼs over and done, Itʼs over and done 

From that dark travail 
He will claim the conflict won
And over death prevail to lift high the holy ones
To lift high the chosen sons to God

On the day the sky went black 
The Breath of God drew his last 
Death into life and light into dark 
And praise in the lungs of the blessed 

Oh – oh. Itʼs just a bite to the heel, a bite to the heel 
Oh – oh. And a bite to the heel gets a boot to the head

From that dark travail 
He will claim the conflict won
And over death prevail to lift high the holy ones
To lift high the chosen sons to God

On the day the sky went black 
The Light of the World shown high 
The debts of the Earth are paid in full 
And the well of wrath drained dry. 

Oh - oh

From that dark travail 
He will claim the conflict won
And over death prevail to lift high the holy ones
To lift high the chosen sons to God

Listen to this song here

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Beautiful Scandalous Night

Go on up to the mountain of mercy
To the crimson perpetual tide
Kneel down at the shore
Be thirsty no more
Go under and be purified

Follow Christ to the holy mountain
Sinner sorry and wrecked by the fall
Cleanse your heart and your soul
In the fountain that flowed 
For you and for me and for all

At the wonderful, tragic, mysterious tree
On that beautiful scandalous night you and me
Were atoned by His blood and forever washed white
On that beautiful scandalous night

On the hillside you will be delivered
At the foot of the cross justified
And your spirit restored
By the river that poured
From our blessed Savior's side

At the wonderful, tragic, mysterious tree
On that beautiful scandalous night you and me
Were atoned by His blood and forever washed white
On that beautiful scandalous night

The beauty and scandal of the cross is so evident in life. Thank You, Jesus, for washing us white!

Listen to the song here

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Taking It For Granted

As I have been reflecting on sin and the death of Christ, I have realized how much I take Jesus's sacrifice for granted. I easily excuse sin, I refuse to repent or just treat it as if it is no big deal. Jesus died so that we could live in freedom not bondage. When I take the cross for granted I am hurting so many. I think many of us are guilty of doing this.

Let's stop abusing the cross and taking it for granted. Let's call sin what it is and seek together through the power of the Trinity living inside of us to put sin to death.

Lord, help us to over come! Help us to no longer take our salvation for granted, but live a people saved by grace to a higher calling, Your calling, where we put sin to death and live the life You have created us to live.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Jesus The Passover Lamb

Now on the first day of Unleavened Bread the disciples came to Jesus, saying, "Where will You have for us prepare for You the Passover?" He said, "Go into the city to a certain man and say to him, 'The Teacher says My time is at hand. I will keep the Passover at your house with My disciples.'"
~Matthew 26:17-18

It was the time of Passover when Jesus was to be crucified. Who but the Lord could time something like that? When the first Passover took place a few thousand years before Jesus walked the earth, it was pointing to the Christ, The Ultimate Passover Lamb. Before the foundations of the world, God intended it to be that way. 

A life for a life.

The difference is that because Jesus is God, His life could cover every life that has ever been. We do not each need our own individual Jesus, but every one of us can be covered by Jesus Christ, the Savior of the World. Jesus died so that we might live.

Thank You, Jesus for being The Ultimate Passover Lamb!

Monday, April 14, 2014

The First Passover

In Exodus 12 we read the account of the first Passover. The people of Israel were slaves in Egypt and God put forth His plan to rescue them my killing the first born in all of Egypt. The Israelites were to take a year old male lamb without blemish, keep it in the house with the family 14 days, kill it and put its blood on the door post of the house. The blood would serve has a covering and protect their firstborn from death.  

God gave His people a covering, and that covering required blood, the blood of a perfect lamb. When the angel of death saw the blood on the door post he passed over their home, keeping death away. The death of the lamb spared the life of the first born. "A life for a life" as the saying goes.

This was the first Passover, and we remember it today.