Happy Birthday #Chicago: From Trading Post to Global City -
A shout out to this great city that I love…Chicago!
On this day 177 years ago, Chicago was born. From a muddy crossroads to a major city, follow Chicago’s growth.
Imagination is not faith. The two are not only different from, but stand in sharp opposition to, each other. Imagination projects unreal images out of the mind and seeks to attach reality to them. Faith creates nothing, it simply reckons upon that which is already here. — A.W. Tozer, The Pursuit of God, chapter 4
"This was why the Jews were persecuting Jesus…" (Jn 5:16) & "This was why the Jews were seeking all the more to kill him…" (5:18). Jesus had enemies for sure. What particularly catches my eye was why they hated him. First, because he healed a man on what they thought was the wrong day of the week for that kind of stuff. Second, because he claimed to be equal with God. Neither Jesus’ compassion for the hurting nor his claims to be God have changed. These are just two of the many reasons why I love, worship, & surrender my life to him.
Do I say thank you? :)
I was born 33 years ago, today. Birthdays have a reflective way about them. I have a priceless wife and precious children. I adore them. But they are not the sweetest thing in my life. In all honesty, the sweetest thing in my life is Jesus. From time to time, people will say, “there’s something different about you.” It isn’t me. It’s Jesus in me. He loves me and made a way for me to be called a child of God. I’m a flawed man. I deserved the cross, but Jesus took it for me. My life is filled with immense joy and peace because of Jesus. Because of Him, I have all that I need. As the old song says, “Love so amazing, so Divine, demands my soul, my life, my all!” As long as there is breath in my lungs, I live to make Jesus known, to sacrificially love Erikah (the delight of my eyes), and shepherd the hearts of my tiny treasures, my children.
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