sin and Joy

When I was in college I was in a car accident and my nose was broken. It healed incorrectly and in order to put it right, the drs had to re-break it so it could heal correctly. Sure, sin has harmed you, and maybe God has had to “rebreak” some of your bones to put you right. The good news is that you are no longer broken, you are recuperating! Rejoice and be glad. Love you, D

<p><a href=”http://vimeo.com/109576108″>MM sin and Joy</a> from <a href=”http://vimeo.com/debbybellingham”>Debby Bellingham</a> on <a href=”https://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a&gt;.</p>

sin and Blood

Good monday to you all. It’s turned cold here in NY, low 30s last night. It’s God’s job to clean you up!
D

<p><a href=”http://vimeo.com/109459524″>MM 10/20/14 sin and Blood</a> from <a href=”http://vimeo.com/debbybellingham”>Debby Bellingham</a> on <a href=”https://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a&gt;.</p>

when your faith waivers ( a lesson from John the Baptist)

Have you ever had this experience? The faith you confidently held and expressed throughout your life suddenly seems thin and wobbly. What you previously believed without a doubt you now find yourself questioning. If so, you are in good company.

So John summoned two of his disciples and sent them to the Lord to ask, “Are you the one who is to come or are we to wait for another? Luke 7:18,19

John, the one who while still in his mother’s womb recognized Jesus as the Messiah; the one who didn’t want to baptize Jesus because he felt unworthy to even untie his sandals; the one who pointed to Jesus and said, “Look, the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world;” this John, the one who was convinced Jesus was the long-awaited Messiah, now has doubts. John, in prison and anticipating death because of his faith, now needs reassurance that Jesus is indeed the Christ.

What did John do when he was experiencing a crises of faith?

He asked his friends to go to Jesus on his behalf. He had a trusted community with whom he could share his doubts, ones who would approach Jesus when he could not. Do you have such relationships? Your doubts might cause you to withdraw or isolate yourself. Do the opposite. Confide in your friends, admit your doubts, ask them to pray, borrow their faith until yours returns.

. .demons love darkness and hiddenness. Inner fears and struggles which remain isolated develop great power over us. But when we talk about them in a spirit of trust, they they can be looked at and dealt with. Once brought into the light of mutual love, demons lose their power and quickly leave us.  – Henri Nouwen The Road to Daybreak

How did Jesus respond to John’s dilemma?

He says, “look at the fruit of my ministry.” It’s so like Jesus to not answer a direct question with a direct answer. He’s committed to building our faith, not coddling our doubts. His answers cause us to examine our lives, pointing us to the ways we are no longer blind, lame, sick, deaf, dead or poor. His answers to our questions drive us to trust his character. Our faith, even as we doubt, is solid and true. Doubts will pass, our faith abides; and remember, “Without faith it is impossible to please God.” Hebrews 11:6

sin and Judgement

Ok, we’ve acknowledged our core sin violates God’s law of love. And now we stand in God’s presence awaiting his judgement. God’s within his right to sentence us, he is perfect and holy. (but don’t forget, also loving and kind.) But part of the transformation process is sitting in the discomfort and pain our sin causes. Hang in there.

MM 10/15/14 sin and Judgement from Debby Bellingham on Vimeo.