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“The place which is called Calvary.” — Luke 23:33
The place of the cross is the place of extreme passionate life giving joy that moves us to the core of our being! I think of the cross and I think of passion. I wish it was passion for the forgiveness that it brings to us but I am talking about the passions that draw us away from what was accomplished on that hill. On the hill of calvary we have the most joyous and amazing event that ever took place, one that elicits all of our devotion and passion. Lately, I have been thinking much about what I am passionate about. My wife, my business, my family, my friends, my hobbies, all of which are good things but only to the extent that they are inline which the cause and call of the gospel. If the hill of Calvary is not first and foremost in my heart all of these other areas will suffer and be fruitless. I pray to God that the excitement and joy of calvary will be real and present every moment that my heart beats. Take an account of your life and see where calvary is placed in your own agenda. Make it first and foremost in all you do and pray for the grace to do so!
“For there stood by me this night the angel of God.” — Acts 27:23
It is not a secret that most of us are not in the best financial situation that we have ever been in. I have talked to so many of my friends and colleagues that are really struggling in this economy and I am sure that this is true in our church as well. How comforting to know that God is with us. God is with us!!!!! Think about that, contemplate that and know that this is true. When Paul had his most trying days we see that He also had great joy and comfort in knowing that God was with Him. It is not a sin to be in a bad situation but it is a sin to not trust in God and forget that He will always provide for us, He is Jehovahjireah and He will provide for our every need and situation.