Left at the Altar

Every wedding I’ve ever been to or been a part of, the groom is always waiting at the altar for the bride to show up. One hundred percent of the time the groom is all ready to go and is waiting for his bride to get ready. Even at my own wedding, I was ready waiting and had made all the preparations for my beautiful bride to show up. When the groom is waiting at the altar, there is nothing left that has to be done. Nothing has to be prepared. All that is needed for the wedding to commence is the bride. 

We are referred to as the bride of Christ. (See Revelation 19:7) Jesus is our groom. So I find it kind of odd when people say that they are waiting for God to do something. I find it strange that we sing songs that say we are waiting on God to move. We are always sitting back waiting on God to show up and show off in our lives.

If the Bible is true calling us Jesus’ bride, which I believe it is, then Jesus is waiting on us. Everything has already been prepared. The work has already been done. Jesus is sitting on His throne at the altar of grace waiting on us.

So maybe the reason you feel like God isn’t doing anything in your life is not because you are waiting on Him, but it’s because He is waiting on you to prepare yourself for Him. Maybe it’s not a case of God showing up but it’s that God is waiting for you to show up. 

Jesus has already prepared the way for you. All you have to do is walk down the aisle and meet Him at the altar. See some of you are trying to get yourself right and clean yourself up before you can show up at the altar. But Jesus has done all the work. He has clothed you with His righteousness. You are right in His eyes. When He looks at you, He sees a beautiful spotless bride. He is just waiting on you to accept His invitation and show up.

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Tragedy into Triumph

You have probably seen in the news the horrific story of an Indianapolis pastor’s wife being tragically killed in a home invasion. Many media outlets have covered this story locally in Indianapolis and even nationally throughout the U.S. The following is a link to Fox Carolina’s coverage of this tragedy.

http://www.foxcarolina.com/story/30492547/wife-of-former-upstate-pastor-dies-after-home-invasion

The pastor, Davey Blackburn, is a personal friend of mine. So this news hit home with me. You don’t notice things that happen everyday in the news until it touches you personally. 

I can’t even imagine and I’m not even going to pretend that I know what my friend is going through right now. I wouldn’t even wish this on my worst enemy. I’m not sure what can be said or done, if there is anything, to help. But I do know my friend needs all the prayers, support, and help he can get right now. 

With that said, I am begging and pleading with you to do what you can to help my friend through this horrific time in his life. If you can help him out financially, please click the link to Fox Carolina’s coverage, scroll all the way down to the end of the story, and click on the link to the “Go Fund Me” page where you can donate some money. If you can’t do that, then I ask that you would hold him and his family up in prayer. I believe if we can collectively rally behind my friend and do either one or both of the things I’ve mentioned, we can help turn this tragedy into triumph. Thank you for your prayers and support of my friend. Believe me your efforts in this are greatly appreciated.

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