Thursday, February 11, 2010

What's going up?

On my way to work this morning, I decided to do something I haven't done in a long time. I listened to a podcast. I chose North Point because Andy Stanley is one of my favorites. Of course, the podcast I selected wasn't him, but I decided to give it a chance. I realized it was John Ortberg and decided it was still a good choice. This quote stuck with me so I thought I'd share it.

Dow Jones is down, NASDAQ is down, housing values are down, consumer confidence is down, employment is down, commercial real estate is down, you wonder, is anything going up these days?

The opportunity to serve is going up
The market for hope is going up
The chance to build a life on a foundation that will endure through storms is going up

That’s true because certain fundamentals remain unchanged:
God remains sovereign

The beauty of forgiveness is still greater than the stain of sin

The Bible is still the Word of God

Prayer remains the most remarkable communication available to the human race

Love still defeats bigotry

Faith still beats despair

The greatest scandal in this sorry dark world is still the scandal of the cross

God’s mercies are still new every morning

The tomb is still empty

The church is still marching

The kingdom Jesus announced is still expanding and does not need a bail out or a stimulus package
Sometimes we forget how good God really is. How much he wants to fill us with his Living Water. How much he really loves us. The world throws all these distractions at us.

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  1. What a great post and reminder...

    everything is down - some even managed to get a "bail out"... as many times as i said i wanted my "bail out" - i never put 2+2 together...

    I've been BAILED OUT by the blood of Jesus - His blood paid the price for my sins so that i am not hendle hostage to death...

    what a message of hope we have to bring to a down and hurting world...

    Thanks for the reminder

  2. Thank you, Duncan. That's a new take I hadn't thought of.