Upon graduation from college my wife’s first job was working as a music therapist at a state hospital in Tennessee. Along with the medications given to patients to help them to be as normal as possible, music that she would play for them also played a part in keeping them calm.
It’s interesting how some words are so closely connected to others. For instance, the title of this blog is “Premeditated” - what’s the next word that came to your mind? I would bet a slice of pie from The Wooden Spoon that it was “Murder” (Tip: Always bet pie. Win or lose: you get to eat pie). What might surprise you, is that I want to talk about forgiveness.
The person that is set free when I forgive is me. I don’t forgive others to set them free. I forgive so that I am free...
Surrounded by the waters of San Francisco Bay, Alcatraz was often boasted of its high walls, double-locked doors, machine guns in the hands of the guards, and a staff that could not be bribed. It was best known as one of the most escape-proof prisons in the world. From 1933 to 1963 it served as a federal prison, and during that time twenty-six prisoners tried to escape but only five succeeded...
One of the major themes for me has been in regards to our “response” to God’s grace. This theme of response in regards to salvation has brought so much clarity for me, not only in how I think about the Christian life, but also in regards to the language that I am using when talking with others about salvation or in my teaching as well.
I came around the tailgate of my dad’s brand new, shiny blue, Ford F150 and loaded my lab, Boone, in the back. All of the sudden, “BANG!!” A gun goes off. Ears still ringing, my first reaction is to look down and see if I’ve been shot.
Love, joy, and peace are the first three words the apostle Paul uses in his list of the fruit of the Spirit. Peace, just like love and joy, becomes a part of our lives when we receive Christ Jesus as Lord and Savior. Peace with God, peace with others, and peace within.