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True Beauty, some say, resides at the threshold of pain. This is why we can call the crucifixion beautiful. Not because we are barbarians, but because there`s an inherent truth and goodness in it. Christ lays his life down for all of humankind, past, present, and future. This is good; he is good. And his goodness points us to truth, truth of redemption, truth of coming restoration, truth of forgiveness.
This is why we can look back on pain in our lives and call it beautiful. It wasn`t beautiful then; it was hell. But from that hell grew a shoot, and from that shoot a leaf, and life sprang up where hell resides; that is beautiful. God makes it so.These truths are reflected in the song Beautiful Things, by the band Gungor. Enjoy the video and may you learn to see beauty in the pain as you find restoration through the work of God in you.
"The definition of a revolution: it destroys the perfect and enables the impossible."
"The music business was perfect. Radio, record chains, Rolling Stone magazine, the senior prom, limited access to recording studios, the replaceable nature of the LP, the baby boomers ... it all added up to a business that seemed perfect, one that could run for ever and ever.
"The digital revolution destroyed this perfect business while enabling the seemingly impossible: easy access to the market by new musicians, a cosmic jukebox of just about every song ever recorded, music as a social connector ...
"If you are in love with the perfect, prepare to see it swept away. If you are able to dream of the impossible, it just might happen."
"The role of the youth pastor or any other pastor is a strange one. Unlike many other professions, the pastor’s inner-life is constantly on display. It is through study of the Bible and prayer that the pastor cultivates this inner life. Just like the DJ is tasked with knowing music, the pastor is charged with knowing the text of the Bible and communicating with God.
"In his book The Wounded Healer: Ministry in Contemporary Society, Henri Nouwen writes, “Only he who is able to articulate his own experience can offer himself to others as a source of clarification.” Neither youth pastors nor DJs have anything to share with others if they don’t study, reflect, and experience their sources firsthand. It is from this place of study and listening that they are challenged with the job of communicating what they hear to others, a task that we will explore in the next article in this series."
1. I am broken for the people involved (sin never just affects one person) and my heart aches for the pain and disillusionment it will cause in the communities they ministered in and the the lives of the youth that looked to them to be an example of one who follows Jesus.
2. I am reminded that moral failure virtually never "just happens". It is the result of an often extended series of choices that have led the individual to where they now find themselves. This make me take the mirror to myself and ask the Lord to search my heart, reveal and convict me of sin that is finding a foot-hold in my life, so that I can repent and return to freedom found in living in the forgiveness and in the grace of Christ.
3. I am once again renewed in my conviction to make the marriage and friendship I have with my wife Charlene the single most important focus in my life aside from my relationship with Jesus Christ who is my Lord and my God