Saturday, April 23, 2011


It is already Easter Sunday in Thailand. All day long I've thought about what will be going on at that church in Chiang Rai far, far from Mississippi.

My precious girl has committed the next two months of her life to that community because of the reality behind why we celebrate Easter Sunday.

A couple of thousand years ago, the almighty Creator of the Universe executed a radical plan to bring His wayward children back into a right relationship with Him. He didn't come down and force us to repent. He didn't turn us all into mind-numbed robots. Instead, He made a sacrifice greater than I can comprehend. Father God sent His only begotten Son into this world to live a holy and perfect life, a life of a loving servant, and then to die on a cross and rise again, paying the price for our rebellion and conquering death so that we too could have eternal life. When we turn to Him, we can be made clean. He forgives every sin we've ever committed. None of the nastiness, shame, regrets, or scars have power over me if I allow His Holy Spirit to transform me.

Betsie is there because she has accepted Jesus as her personal Lord and Savior. She has given Him authority in her life and chosen to obey Him no matter the cost. As a result of this, He is changing her life into something truly beautiful and whole and amazing. And because He has done this for her and she has experienced the goodness and love that only God can give, she is compelled to share it with others.

And thinking of her going all the way around the world to tell His story to those who don't know it, compels me to tell it to all who would find it here.

In some ways it is difficult to comprehend. That GOD would come down in HUMAN FLESH to walk among mankind, to feel pain and know rejection and then be tortured and executed out of love for us is impossible for my brain to fully process. But though this is a deep mystery, it is also simple enough that even a little child can accept it.

It is simply this---God loved the world so much that He gave His only begotten Son Jesus that whoever believes in Him will not perish but have everlasting life.

God loved the world.

God loves the world.

God loves you.

On this Easter Sunday, I thank God for new life, freedom, forgiveness, joy, and purpose. A high price was paid so I wouldn't be trapped in my sin and ugliness. He offers that same new, abundant life to any of you who will come to Him.

If you want to know more about how to enter into a relationship with Jesus Christ, just leave a comment, send a facebook message, or call me. I will be glad to talk to you and pray with you. Or maybe you don't need more information. Maybe you already know all that you need to know. Maybe you know that it is just a matter of confessing to Him that you need Him and you want Him to change your life, make you whole, make you His.

Please...don't let another day go by with you not experiencing the new life that can be yours if you'll only turn to Him. Make today the day you find forgiveness, redemption, and restoration. Make today the day you experience His perfect love.

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