On Him

All we like sheep have gone astray;
We have turned, every one, to his own way;
And the Lord has laid on Him the iniquity of us all.
Isaiah 53:6

This morning in chapel I shared two stories that meant so much to me as a young Christian. They are always in my heart, and as Holy Week approaches, I thought of the record book of my life and how Jesus takes the sin upon himself. I wanted to share these simple illustrations at chapel.

How many times a day do you think a person might sin? That is, how often does someone do something wrong, e.g., covet what belongs to another person, tell a lie, hurt someone by their action? In addition, how often does someone fail to do something, e.g., feed the hungry, encourage the downhearted, or in any other way hurt someone by their inaction? How many times a day does a bad thought go through one’s head?

Maybe 20, 30, 40 times a day? Can I even count how many times in my life? No.

If all of my sins are recorded in a book, I will be found lacking. No matter how much good I do, I won’t be able to make up for the bad that I also do. Even just thirty or forty sins a day would tally up to be millions of sins over a lifetime. What if I was really good, though? What if I only sinned a few times a day. Well, as you can see on the chart below, I still would have a lifetime of bad to account for:

How many sins will we be guilty of in a lifetime?

If that record book follows me to judgment day–even if I only sin once a day–I won’t be found acceptable for God’s holy kingdom.

The beauty of salvation, though, is that it’s not on my shoulders to bear the book of my falls. God took that record book of sins and placed it on Jesus when he died on the cross. This morning I thought of this paraphrase of Isaiah 53:6:

All of us sheep have gone astray,
We have turned each one to his own way.

But there’s a plan to take our book of falls–
The Lord placed on Jesus the sin of us all.

Praise be to God for this amazing gift. I’m especially thankful for it as we commemorate Holy Week.

A song to meditate on:

Cultural Schema

“Do you have anti-freeze?” I asked, as I walked into the auto parts store ten minutes after closing. The door was still unlocked, and they graciously let me come into the shop, yet they looked blankly at me.

“Anti-freeze?” I asked again.

Puzzled looks around the room.

“Ahh…Coolant! I need coolant. My car is overheating,” I said, finally realizing people living in this desert have never had a need for anti-freeze.

The context in which you live shapes the way you understand things.

This can be true of the way we understand people too. I am learning to listen and ask questions. I don’t want to misunderstand what people do and say because I have not paid attention to how my understanding is different. My experiences have shaped my understanding in certain ways that others may never have experienced.

Coolant, not anti-freeze.

Petrol, not gasoline.

Trousers, not pants (means undies).

Operating theater, not operating room.

Use your right hand only to eat or pass something on to someone else. The left hand is considered unclean.

Context and culture shape the meaning of actions and words.

I have a lot to learn.

Keith Adding "Coolant"

Manna – Gather Yours Today

 

The MOMs group at the ELC is studying Beth Moore‘s book called A Woman’s Heart. We had a great session this evening complete with food for our stomachs and food for our souls.

The manna that the people of God had in the wilderness was called the “bread of heaven.” Each day the people gathered food for that day. They didn’t store it up, but enjoyed their daily bread.

Later, Jesus tells us the “true bread of heaven” comes from the Father and gives life to the world. He calls himself the bread of life (John 6:31-35). He is also the Word of God (John 1:1-2).

We have a chance to enjoy this true bread of heaven, this very Word of God, every single day.

It’s all about a relationship with Jesus, every single day.

Beth Moore's DVD series "A  Woman's Heart"

A Quick Story on Technology and Learning Arabic

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So, I have this nifty new smart phone, my first one ever. A friend recently told me about an app to learn how to read and write the Arabic alphabet (TenguGo Arabic), so I added it to my phone and started taking lessons.

I took notes on a Post-it to keep straight all the unfamiliar features of the language (and to help me on the quizzes). Then, I kept the sticky note stuck on the front of my phone for over a day, so I could keep the info handy.

I woke up in the morning and laughed about my low tech notes. I realized I had an app for that, so I moved the info from my sticky note to Keep.

Keep Note

Ah, yes, isn’t that slick?

But, then I turned my Post-it note over and realized I had another problem.

Arabic Notes

Oops! I don’t know how to write Arabic letters on a Keep note. YET!