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60 Day Walk – High Places

Posted by jon on April 17, 2012 in but seriously... |

Today’s post is the second of 2 articles I worte for Lawrence Drive’s blog on the book of Romans as a part of the 60 Day Walk.

Romans 11-15

Today in the reading I am so drawn to Paul’s Doxology at the end of Romans 11.

“Oh, the depth of the riches
of the wisdom and knowledge of God!
How unsearchable His judgments,
and His paths beyond tracing out!
“Who has known the mind of the Lord?
Or who has been his counselor?”
“Who has ever given to God, that God should repay them?”
For from Him and through Him and for Him are all things.
To Him be the glory forever!
Amen.

It is such a beautifully high view of who God is. If our worship of God focused on such a high view of God our worship would grow stale. We would be so overwhelmed by the grace of such a great God that we couldn’t do anything but worship.

This Doxology leads us into Romans 12.1 (one of the most famous passages in Scripture). It is with this high view of God that Paul says we are to offer our very lives as a spiritual act of worship. What are our lives here when seen in the light of God’s majesty? What is it the we value in this life that could compare with God’s limitless love and grace? Not money. Not fame. Not ball games. Not even the love we have for our own children can compare to the love of God. There is nothing this world can offer that is not a pale and hollow substitute for the joy of the Lord.

So it is with a high view of God and low view of earthly trappings that we are called out of this world. We are no longer conformed to its values, but God is transforming us into His Kingdom. In Romans 12.9-21 Paul describes what it will love like when we are a part of God’s Kingdom. We see a people of sincere, total love. A people who hate evil but love and care for even those who do evil. Not a wrathful people, but a people call to live in peace. How is it that we can achieve these things? “In Him and through Him and for Him” we lay down our lives and our pride for the glory of God and the advancement of His Kingdom.

What holds the highest place in your life?

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60 Day Walk – How Does Faith Live

Posted by jon on April 11, 2012 in but seriously... |

Today’s post is an article I worte for Lawrence Drive’s blog as a part of the 60 Day Walk. We are on a 60 day journey to read through the New Testament. Romans 7-10 In today’s reading Paul writes much about his struggles with the law. Paul, in his old life, was a lot most […]

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What Makes a Good Parent? Not This.

Posted by jon on April 9, 2012 in not so deep thoughts |

These were pictures were sent to me by my dad. Some make me laugh. Some make me sad. Some make me wonder if everyone should be allowed to have kids.                     Have a good day. God is Everywhere.

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Love is More Than a Hotdog

Posted by jon on April 4, 2012 in but seriously... |

“Love” is a word that is used way too much. “Love” and “awesome” are both words that have lost their power because of the way they have been too casually thrown around. “Awesome” should mean you are rendered speechless or that the weight of a moment has so overwhelmed you that it is hard to […]

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God is Everywhere, Especially Here

Posted by jon on March 26, 2012 in but seriously..., family and friends |

As I sit down to write this week’s blog I am having trouble concentrating. This is the view that I am having to try to block out so that I can focus on writing something meaningful and entertaining. I know, woe is me. I am sure that many of you are crying for me. Don’t […]

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Left Overs For Lunch “Pink Terror”

Posted by jon on March 20, 2012 in not so deep thoughts |

In today’s post we revisit an experience from Macon’s Cherry Blossom Festival several years ago. It was the topic of one of my very first “God is Everywhere” posts. So I hope you enjoy some left overs. Its spring in Macon, GA and for many people that means it’s time to bring out all things […]

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A Helpful Guide to Fill Your Ipod

Posted by jon on March 13, 2012 in music and videos |

With the release of new music, Tuesdays are good days to evaluate the state of your ipod. And if on your quarter week perusal you find your music to be a bit lacking…relax. I am here to help. I’ll give you 5 recommendations to bring life back to your saddest playlist. I promise you will […]

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Tune Your Guitar

Posted by jon on March 6, 2012 in but seriously... |

This weekend I was at Passion City Church in Atlanta for the LIFT Worship Collective. Louie Giglio and the folks at Passion put on an amazing event. It was a great time of encouragement and refocusing that was very much needed. There wasn’t a lot of technical training in worship, but that was ok. If […]

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One Year Later

Posted by jon on February 29, 2012 in not so deep thoughts |

It has been a full year since the last time I posted on my blog. A lot has happened in the Coder house in the past year, and I am thankful for it. I was struck today as I wrote this post and prepared my lesson for AMP tonight that we often fail to look […]

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How Many Kings

Posted by jon on February 28, 2011 in music and videos |

This past Christmas The AMP Band had an opportunity to lead in worship at our annual Carols by Candlelight event. The evening was entitled “How Many Kings” and it featured some new Christmas songs but mostly modern arrangements of some classics. I’ve finally gotten these videos of the evening together to post. I hope you […]

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