Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Mary Magdalene

I like the story of Mary Magdalene. I wonder if this too is my story of redemption? I too was called where I was in my life. I continue to grow in Christ and I am still immature spiritually. Where I would be without Christ? Who is with me on this one? Who is not listening to His call? Come as you are. Let your tears fall to the feet of Jesus the Savior. Wipe the tears from his feet with your hair. I wonder if I have not offered water to clean the dust from His feet? When I feel the Holy Spirit move through me, my eyes swell with tears. His Spirit moves me often and the feeling is inexplicable. Yet I question myself; Do I starve for others attention? Am I humble in my works? I am realizing, the more I learn, how much much more I have to learn and experience. I pray He will continue to fill my eyes with tears. Let my tears fall at the feet of Jesus. Humble me as I wash His feet with my tears.
Luke 7:36-50 (NLT)
One of the Pharisees asked Jesus to have dinner with him, so Jesus went to his home and sat down to eat. When a certain immoral woman from that city heard he was eating there, she brought a beautiful alabaster jar filled with expensive perfume. Then she knelt behind him at his feet, weeping. Her tears fell on his feet, and she wiped them off with her hair. Then she kept kissing his feet and putting perfume on them. When the Pharisee who had invited him saw this, he said to himself, “If this man were a prophet, he would know what kind of woman is touching him. She’s a sinner!” Then Jesus answered his thoughts. “Simon,” he said to the Pharisee, “I have something to say to you.” “Go ahead, Teacher,” Simon replied. Then Jesus told him this story: “A man loaned money to two people—500 pieces of silver to one and 50 pieces to the other. But neither of them could repay him, so he kindly forgave them both, canceling their debts. Who do you suppose loved him more after that?” Simon answered, “I suppose the one for whom he canceled the larger debt.”
“That’s right,” Jesus said. Then he turned to the woman and said to Simon, “Look at this woman kneeling here. When I entered your home, you didn’t offer me water to wash the dust from my feet, but she has washed them with her tears and wiped them with her hair. You didn’t greet me with a kiss, but from the time I first came in, she has not stopped kissing my feet. You neglected the courtesy of olive oil to anoint my head, but she has anointed my feet with rare perfume. “I tell you, her sins—and they are many—have been forgiven, so she has shown me much love. But a person who is forgiven little shows only little love.” Then Jesus said to the woman, “Your sins are forgiven.” The men at the table said among themselves, “Who is this man, that he goes around forgiving sins?” And Jesus said to the woman, “Your faith has saved you; go in peace.”

Monday, December 29, 2008


Ed is an outgoing and flamboyant man. He is thoughtful and outspoken. Ed has an addictive laugh and always makes you smile with his kind and respectful words. Ed is intelligent and is always willing to help someone in need. He is homeless yet humble, as I find most that are homeless are. Ed came to me on Saturday and said; "Brian, I just made some preacher man mad at me. He asked me to leave and get out of his face." he stood animated as he continued with his story; "I better not tell you, what I told him, because you too will be upset with me." I explained how I am slow to anger and encouraged him to continue with his story. Curious about what was said, I listened intently; "I told him I don't believe in God. I said I believe in Jesus Christ, just not God. Who would send their only son to die for my sins and not have the guts to send Himself? Why send your son when you could have easily sent yourself with the same message?" he continued. "God cannot exist because he would have sent himself to die, not his only son" I asked Ed what the impact on the world would have been if he sent Himself instead of His son? What would have a bigger impact.
John 3:16
"For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life."
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Friday, December 5, 2008


Thanksgiving was last week and this time of year always makes me realize I have a lot to be thankful for. My Thanksgiving day started out giving grace to God by feeding the poor a warm Thanksgiving meal. Scott Mangum and his family came along to help. Nate, the drummer at the Vista Community Church, and his friend Melissa were there to help us as well. It was humbling and satisfying watching my friends on the street eat and share their home cooked Thanksgiving meal. Our family enjoyed a Thanksgiving Lunch. Michelle's Mom Jeneane was there. My Daughter Brandy brought my grandsons. My Sons Chris, Stephan and AlanMichael were all there to eat this festive meal together. Wayne Harlow sent me a text, thanking me for being his friend. He went on to say he could count his friends on one hand and was thankful I was one of them. This text made me think, I too could count on one hand, my few friends. Who was #1 on the list you might ask? God of course.
Romans 5:11
"So now we can rejoice in our wonderful new relationship with God because our Lord Jesus Christ has made us friends of God."