It's all about Grace
It's been a while... Well, things are good. Just got a few minutes to myself and a laptop :) and have been watching Tissot Touch Watches on eBay. They have an altimeter - very cool.
We are in Halifax visiting Paul and Shelley. A long way from Alberta but not from oil. Paul is an engineer with Imperial Oil out here.
It has been a whirlwind of planes, cities, cars, and different beds every night. But the kids don't seem to mind a bit. We'll drive the 2.5 hours back to Moncton later tonight.
Had a great time last night praying with and for the guys in The Contact - deep God stuff. Reminded me of the other night in downtown Moncton where I was with Dar's nephew speaking to him outside a pub about Jesus and the Spirit when he all of a sudden layed his life down on the sidewalk (literally, the Spirit of God met him right there facedown palms up on the concrete).
Later today we'll see Dar's brother Jeff who started two radio stations in Atlantic Canada.
This weekend Dar and I will be doing a wedding for a friend on a little island off the coast of New Brunswick.
Then our energetic tribe fly back to only God knows who, what and where in Canmore, Alberta.
Last week, while visiting Dar's sister and family in Simcoe, Ontario I was reading Dallas Willard's series of essays The Great Omission. Willard said over and over that grace is opposed to earning, not effort. He spoke about holy Christians consuming grace like a 747 consumes fuel on takeoff. We consume much more grace the more we live full out as Christ intended. Grace isn't just about God dealing with sin. God wants to fill us with His whole life - the Spirit of His personal dynamic life - who was first fully revealed to humanity within and through Jesus Christ.
Jesus showed us the way of consuming this grace. At all times, He lived in full submission to His Father and never once broke fellowship with His Spirit. Jesus invited us to approach His Father, through His own body and blood, into the life of His Spirit... into His resurrection, coming and going, ebbing and flowing, breathing in and sighing out - His Kingdom come onto the whole earth as it is in heaven.
I'll never forget Gordon Fee during many of his New Testament lectures at Regent, crying out, "It's all about grace! It's all about grace!"