#penlandlife

Last night, Penland Hall hosted a worship night. Yep, that Penland Hall. P-nasty, that dorm most famous for the dirty third and #penlandlife, put on a worship night for the campus. The Holy Spirit showed up and so did lots of people. We sang praises to Jesus and then prayed for God to move in our hearts and in our school. Our prayer was simple. Paul prayed it first.

…I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.  Ephesians 3:17-19

At the end of a busy Monday, that’s all I want. I want to grasp His love and be filled to the measure by my God. That’s all I want for me. That’s all I want for these guys in Penland. That’s all I want for the readers of this blog. I want us to grasp the dimensions of His love. I want us to grasp that Love came down and that it’s a weighty love. It’s a love that makes us want to sing and write, a love that makes us want to give and serve, and a love that makes us want to go and tell others about it.

Changes are in the works for this blog. I’m excited to make some big announcements in the next couple weeks and I’m excited about a new name and look for this blog. But at the end of the day, here’s why we’ve got something to sing about and write about and live for:

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Jesus came down 2,000 years ago, lived a perfect life, died a perfect death, and rose again on the third day.

God forbid I ever stop writing about that.

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The Word: Own It

Word on Wednesdays is a series of posts in which the truth of God’s Word is shared and reflected on.

I’m going to be transparent. There have been a lot of Wednesdays where I’ve copied and pasted passages from an online Bible and posted it up here without much forethought. This past week, I’ve been challenged to take ownership of the Word. The promises, the exhortations, and the commands of the Word are things I want to own. Owning means memorizing. Today, I’m not copying and pasting the Scripture from biblegateway.com. It’s been hidden in my heart and now I’m typing it out.

For He chose us, in Him, before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in His sight. In love, He predestined us to be adopted as His sons through Jesus Christ in accordance with His pleasure and will. Ephesians 1:4-5

For it is by grace that you have been saved through faith. And this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God-not by works so that no one can boast. For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works which God prepared in advance for us to do. Ephesians 2:8-10

I became a servant of the gospel by the gift of God’s grace given me through the working of His power. Although I am less than the least of all God’s people, this grace was given me, to preach to the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ. Ephesians 3:7-8

As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. Be completely humble and gentle, be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. Ephesians 4:1-3

Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children. And live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave Himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God. Ephesians 5:1-2

For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of the light (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness, and truth) and find out what pleases the Lord. Ephesians 5:8-10

There’s so much power in that. There’s so much power when we own what God has declared. I’ve never had much respect for memorizing scripture. In all honesty, I thought it was a waste of time. I’d hear about people memorizing long passages of the Bible and think it was Bible trivia day in Sunday school. “Go ahead and memorize the first chapter of Ephesians, but I’m going to go live it,” was my thought process. This weekend, the Lord showed me how wrong I was. When we memorize His Word, it doesn’t just stay in our heads; it penetrates our heart.

For the Word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. Hebrews 4:12

Let God’s Word penetrate your heart like a sword and cut out anything keeping you from pursuing and proclaiming Him. Let it sculpt you and shape you into the image of Jesus.