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Eraser Clapping

 As a child the last thing I wanted to do was go to school. Not that I didn’t enjoy learning, it’s just that every subject was a struggle. I hated math. I could not remember the definition of a noun. Or a verb.  I was last to be chosen for kickball, last to finish a test, and never did catch on when the teacher told us to read the entire test before completing any questions. No wonder everyone else finished before me!

When I think back on school years my memories include staring out of the classroom window, watching my third grade teacher clean out closets, consistently receiving a C- on my report card for ‘Conduct’, (“Ann Maree talks too much in class”) and my favorite activity of all; eraser clapping. Eraser clapping didn’t hurt my head like school-work.

That I enthusiastically study theology now is beyond comprehension (pun intended).

It was with a sigh of relief when I read that a fellow woman, Pastor’s wife Ashley Haugt, like me once proclaimed she didn’t like theology. As a creative, linear thinking student, theology and doctrine did not come natural. Read how Ashley graciously guides how to minister God’s truth to learners like us. Undoubtedly you’ll run into a few more eraser-clappers on your Shepherdess journey.

That ‘Sex’ Conference

By now you’ve probably heard about the Harvest USA Conference Christ Covenant Church is hosting on May 3 and 4. Perhaps you have encountered helping a lamb through this issue. Maybe a family member struggles with sexual sin. Or possibly you’ve never really faced this issue at all and think you might just ration your time for some other training opportunity. Before you make that call, however, I challenge you to read this post by Pastor and former Army JAG (?? Pastor/Army dude??) Alan Burrow. Pastor Burrow, with amazing discernment and wisdom, links our spirituality with our sexuality. “We were created for monogamy in both, and when a society loses one, it won’t be long before it loses the other.” 

Whether or not we work with someone in sexual sin we can be assured that any turning away from God can lead that direction. “Only a genuine return to the one true God through Christ will reverse our current course.” Click on the subtitle for Pastor Burrow’s post. Click on Harvest USA to register for the conference.

Hym.nol.ogy

In 1989, husband and wife team Eric Wyse and Dawn Rodgers wrote the hymn, “Wonderful, Merciful Savior.” Numerous Christian artists have recorded it and in 2002 the Gospel Music Association nominated it as best inspirational song. Selah recorded Wonderful, Merciful Savior in 2007, and… this version is sung in a closet. Yes. A closet. 

Every time I hear the song I want to meditate on the stunning names of Christ…

Wonderful

Merciful

Savior

Precious

Redeemer

Friend

Counselor

Comforter

Keeper

Almighty

Infinite

Father

Faithful

However before I get the chance to marvel at one of Christ’s titles another powerful name is sung! The name that caught me when listening this last time will resonate with you too, I’m certain. Our Savior was the original ‘Lamb.’

Enjoy…

Wonderful, merciful Savior

Precious Redeemer and Friend

Who would have thought that a Lamb

Could rescue the souls of men

Oh you rescue the souls of men

 

Counselor, Comforter, Keeper

Spirit we long to embrace

You offer hope when our hearts have

Hopelessly lost the way

Oh, we hopelessly lost the way

 

You are the One that we praise

You are the One we adore

You give the healing and grace

Our hearts always hunger for

Oh, our hearts always hunger for

 

Almighty, infinite Father

Faithfully loving Your own

Here in our weakness You find us

Falling before Your throne

Oh, we’re falling before Your throne

Wish I’d Said That 

“If besetting sins persistently plague us, it is either because we have never truly repented or because having repented we have not maintained our repentance. It is as if, having nailed our old nature to the cross, we keep wistfully returning to the scene of its execution. We begin to fondle it, to caress it, to long for its release, even to try and take it down again from the cross.

We need to learn to leave it there.”

John Stott as recorded in “How the Gospel Brings Us All The Way Home” by Derek Thomas

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