Sunday, December 2, 2007

Redemption!!!

The University of Nebraska will experience redemption. The Huskers have hired Bo Pelini. He will redeem the "blackshirts." He will go down as one of the greatest coaches in Husker history. Mark my word.

"Planet Earth" portrays redemption. God is living in relationship with his creation. You can't watch this show without wanting to love, marvel, and immerse ourselves in God's creation.

"Extreme Makeover Home Addition" is a show of redemption. One can argue that it depicts that the way to redeem is to build big, but on the other hand, it is a show that inspires, compels, and moves us to think what we can do for our neighbors.

We experienced redemption this morning in our worship service. We engaged the text where God and Jacob wrestle. Jacob was touched by God and he was never the same again. We have been touched God. We struggle with life, and while struggling, God has met us there, and he has touched us. We provided a redeeming moment for people to express the stories of their lives when they had been touched by God. WOW!!!

Tonight was redeeming. We talked about spiritual disciplines. I challenged people to form a "Rule of Life" over the next 2 weeks. A 90-year-0ld woman came up to me afterwards ecstatic about this exercise.

May God work in redemptive ways in your life this week.
Any stories of redemption out there?

7 comments:

Steve Dye said...

Josh -

This is Steve Dye. I'm a friend of Luke's. He speaks very highly of you, and I can see why by reading your blog.

Would you mind expanding a little on the "Rule of Life" idea that you mentioned in this post or point me in a direction where I can read more on it? The idea is new to me, and I'd love to learn more about it.

I'm not much of a New Year's resolution kind of guy, but that time of year is quickly approaching, and this concept piques my interest and stirs my curiosity about possibilities for my personal spiritual formation in 2008.

If you prefer to e-mail me directly, Luke has my address or you can reach me through the contacts page on my web site. Luke has a link to it on his blog.

Thanks, Josh!

Steve

Chris Thompson said...
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Chris Thompson said...

Rick Reilly: Coaching the Grief Stricken

A must read for sports fans who want to hear about more than dog fights, steroids, and coaching scandals.

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2007/writers/rick_reilly/05/07/dungy0430/

Josh Ross said...

To read more on developing a rule of life, purchase Marjorie Thompson's book "Soul Feast." She has a chapter that entitled "Rule of Life." This is a great book.

Steve Dye said...

Thank you, Josh!

I'll check it out.

Steve

Josh Ross said...

Steve, just sent you an email.

Steve Dye said...

Josh -

Last night at 11:00 PM I pointed my Domain Name Servers to my new web site hosting service. I'm switching to a new host so I can convert my site to WordPress in 2008 (and save a little $ at the same time!).

Since your e-mail hasn't come through yet, it may have gotten lost in the transition. They said my whole site may get lost in the transition for 48 hours or so until the new location propagates through the internet.

If your e-mail hasn't come through by tonight, I'll send you one of my other e-mail addresses.

I apologize for the inconvenience.

Steve