Monday, April 30, 2012

Afar Off – Part 5


Light or darkness.  What's on the horizon or what's at hand.  A choice.  "Sunrise in My Backyard" was taken by John Vincent.  Foggy marsh, dusky sky, sunlight tinted by the angle as it comes over the horizon.  The source of the light seems so far away.  Which highlights the spiritual lessons we're sharing in this series.

We began the series with the events on Palm Sunday.  The next several posts brought us up to the trials that led to Jesus' sentencing.  Today, let's park at the topic of the scourging.  That very event highlights some very interesting realities.

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Afar Off -- Part 4


John Vincent's "Sunrise in My Backyard".  As of yesterday, Chuck Colson is with our Lord.  His wisdom and love for God will be missed on this earth.  But Chuck's new place to live is in heaven.  The subject of today's post had been preplanned before we heard of his passing. But Chuck Colson's life was an example of the contrast we're discussing today.  Fortunately, he chose to go from darkness to light.

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The photograph illustrates a number of aspects of what we're discussing.  We've been talking about the light coming from the horizon, compared to the cloudy atmosphere of where we are now. The relationship with God seemingly as far away as the light shining over the horizon.   Which leaves us either looking for a way to shorten the distance of that relationship or creating others that may be less beneficial.  And, as we'll see, that's part of what happened next in Christ's journey to the cross.

Monday, April 16, 2012

Afar Off – Part 3


Light from beyond the horizon.  Again, the picture is “Sunrise in My Backyard”, by John Vincent.  When I originally saw it, I thought of how our relationship with God can seem so far from us.  Sometimes in reality, sometimes because we don’t fully recognize the nature of the relationship.  And, when we take a look at the events of Easter week, there’s so much more.  We stopped, last time, with Jesus praying in the garden.  Let’s move on from there.

Friday, April 13, 2012

Afar Off–Part 2

Today's post is dedicated to an amazing lady, Cheryl Veader, who went home to be with our Lord.  She was wife mother, aunt, and about any other female familial relationship you can think of.  She was always there to encourage the Body of Christ.  All while going through years fighting cancer.  And always loving God.  Cheryl was loved and she'll be missed.

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“Sunrise in My Backyard”, lit by something beyond the horizon.  As I was looking at this picture by John Vincent, it struck me how much contrast plays in how we perceive things.  Whether you focus on the sunsrise or the murky fog, neither would have the same impact without the contrast between the two.  And so it was with the last main events of “holy week” before Jesus’ arrest.

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Afar Off -- Part 1


That’s titled “Sunrise in My Backyard” and was taken by John Vincent.  There’s a great sense of serenity, peacefulness.  But what really caught me with this one is the light coming from the horizon.  Hebrews 11:13 says, “These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth.”  That verse speaks of the “heroes of the faith”, but it could be us.The light on the horizon got me thinking about the phrase I highlighted, “afar off”.