Going Deeper (2)

Talia Biel is a member at Crossroads Church. She is a sincere Jesus follower with a gift for connecting her faith to real life, and for sharing that through her writing. Check out her blog “Holding On To Faith.

Going Deeper (2) by Talia Biel
Not to us, but to Your name, be the glory. 

Last night I kept driving my husband nuts with singing this song over and over again. As I have been reflecting on going deeper last week and this week, this song came to my heart late at night.

The cross before me the world behind
No turning back, raise the banner high
It’s not for me, it’s all for You
Let the heavens shake and split the sky
Let the people clap their hands and cry
It’s not for us, it’s all for You
Not to us, but to Your Name be the glory
Not to us, but to Your Name be the glory

And as I sang it, I sang it like a prayer right from my heart because for someone who wants to go deeper in my walk with Christ. I first have to remember before anything else that it is not about me. It’s so easy to get caught about in the ‘it’s all about me category.’ Once we become too focused in the self-centred category, the whole reasoning for going deeper in the first place is lost. If you want to go deeper, you need to be more Him-focused than I-focused. Continue reading ‘Going Deeper (2)’ »

Going Deeper

Talia Biel is a member at Crossroads Church. She is a sincere Jesus follower with a gift for connecting her faith to real life, and for sharing that through her writing. Check out her blog “Holding On To Faith”.

Going Deeper by Talia Biel
This past week, as my husband was away at a conference. I had the opportunity to do some deep thinking and reflection (not always a good thing). It had been a tough week already with news that nobody wants to hear about certain family members, with a demanding work and school schedule to stay on top of. Keep busy. That’s what I would tell myself because I knew the moment I  allowed myself to stop and rest, my thoughts would go all haywire.

One of these nights as I was in my deep thinking box.

I couldn’t help but repeat this question over and over.

Is this really it? Is this all there is?  Continue reading ‘Going Deeper’ »

Nowhere for Jesus to lay His head

Jesus replied, “Foxes have holes. Birds of the air have nests. But the Son of Man has no place to lay his head.” (Matthew 8:20)

Sculpture of Jesus the Homeless Rejected by Two Prominent Churches

By Leslie Scrivener, The Star
Jesus has been depicted in art as triumphant, gentle or suffering. Now, in a controversial new sculpture in downtown Toronto, he is shown as homeless — an outcast sleeping on a bench.
It takes a moment to see that the slight figure shrouded by a blanket, hauntingly similar to the real homeless who lie on grates and in doorways, is Jesus. It’s the gaping wounds in the feet that reveal the subject, whose face is draped and barely visible, as Jesus the Homeless.
Despite message of the sculpture — Jesus identifying with the poorest among us — it was rejected by two prominent Catholic churches, St. Michael’s Cathedral in Toronto and St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York.
“Homeless Jesus had no home,” says the artist, Timothy Schmalz who specializes in religious sculpture. “How ironic.”
Rectors of both cathedrals were enthusiastic about the bronze piece and showed Schmalz possible locations, but higher-ups in the New York and Toronto archdiocese turned it down, he says.
Read full story here

warning labels

So apparently the human race has developed to such a impressive state that we need to be reminded of the obvious…
The following are warning labels, for our own protection:
“Remove child before folding” — a warning label on a baby stroller
“Does not supply oxygen” — a label on a common dust mask
“Never operate your speakerphone while driving” – on a hands-free cell phone product called the “Drive ‘N’ Talk”!
“Danger: Avoid Death” — a warning label on a small tractor
“Harmful if swallowed” — a warning on a brass fishing lure with a three-pronged hook
“This product moves when used” — a warning on a popular children’s scooter
“This product is not intended for use as a dental drill” – warning label on a rotary tool
“May cause drowsiness” — a warning label for Nytol One-a-Night sleeping aids

a little boy’s explanation of God

I got this as an email forward, kind of cute, whether it’s real or not…

This was written by an 8-year-old named Danny Dutton, who lives in Chula Vista , CA . He wrote it for his third grade homework assignment, to ‘explain God.’ 


‘One of God’s main jobs is making people. He makes them to replace the ones that die, so there will be enough people to take care of things on earth. He doesn’t make grownups, just babies. I think because they are smaller and easier to make. That way he doesn’t have to take up his valuable time teaching them to talk and walk. He can just leave that to mothers and fathers.’ Continue reading ‘a little boy’s explanation of God’ »

whatever happened to 1 John?

Apparently, in my three year Bible reading program I somehow forgot to include 1 John.
You know, the ‘God is love’ letter which is all about God’s amazing love.
And I forgot to include it… OOPS!
Just wanted to assure you that this was purely accidental, I was not cutting out a part of the bible I didn’t like.
Believe me, if I did cut out parts of the bible, it wouldn’t be this one (try Leviticus).
Anyway I have adjusted the readings for the next few days to include reading 1 John.
Thankfully it’s only 5 chapters I have to fit in, imagine if I had skipped Ezekiel!

update from Nathan

Our son Nathan is on a one year internship with Urban Promise, a ministry “that exists to proclaim the love of Jesus, and to express it through the spiritual, social and educational development of children, youth and families living in government housing.”

July 2011
Hello Everyone,

I am back in Toronto and I am so glad. My new roommates are a British guy who is pretty much a stand-up comic, and a Canadian dude who just finished a year at Culinary College (he made the most amazing vegetarian pizza from scratch), so you could say I am pretty happy with them. I have completed a week of camp and its amazing. The kids are absolutely adorable, and reasonably well behaved. Continue reading ‘update from Nathan’ »