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Hey guys! I am honored that you would take the time to read this blog. I hope that what I have to share will be worth your time. You may ask yourself, "What's up with the title of this blog?" The title Siloam's Pool comes from John 9:7. There was a man who came to Jesus who was born blind. As Jesus and the disciples passed by the man, Jesus used this man's condition to teach an important spiritual lesson to his followers. Jesus affirmed that the man had been born blind in order that God might be honored through this man's life. Then Jesus said in a dramatic statement, "We must work the works of him who sent me while it is day; night is coming, when no one can work. As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world." (John 9:4-5). He then told the man to go and wash in the Pool of Siloam. The name "Siloam" means "sent." The man went and washed and came back seeing. It is my hope that through this blog, that perhaps someone might see as a result of the truth that is shared here. I will do my best to honor your time. God bless!

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The Bride of Christ
November 17, 2008

This weekend, I had the honor of celebrating my big sister's wedding. It was probably one of the most beautiful weddings that I have attended. I am so blessed also to have had the priviledge of helping to officiate it (also my first wedding). I had a wonderful time getting to know my sister's pastor and learned a few things that I think will be helpful to me in my ministry in the future.

I had the best view in the sanctuary, being right in front of the bride and groom. I probably should mention that my sister and I are very close. We are not like a lot of brother sister relationships. We have always gotten along pretty well, at least since the hair brush incedent (I'll save that for another day!). My sister's greatest desire was to find a man that would love her unconditionally and that she could spend her life with, loving one another and building a family together. I saw that wish fulfilled Saturday. My sister cherished every moment of that ceremony. From the time she walked into the sanctuary with the song "Here I Am to Worship," to the time they left, she beamed with joy. She cherished every word that was said. Every word that Preston, her husband, said to her she took in as if she were gasping for breath. She savored every word that she said to him and made sure to pronounce every syllable of every word. Not one moment of that ceremony was wasted, not one period of a sentence. It all had meaning. I also have to say that she had the best wedding cake I have ever eaten, and the biggest pieces too.

You may say, "I don't know your sister, so what does any of this have to do with me?" Well, the Bible describes us as the Bride of Christ. God's people in the Old Testament were called God's wife, and in the New Testament, we are called the Bride of Christ. Just as that was a beautiful picture of self-giving love that I witnessed this weekend, we are to give ourselves completely to God. We are to savor every word that He says as we would the very air that we breathe. We are to cherish every moment that we have together to be in relationship with God. How have you treated your relationship with God lately? Has it been a careless formality? Have you taken it for granted? I've learned one thing as I've been married just a short time myself. If you don't tend to the romance in your marriage, it will grow faint. You have to water it and feed it like you would a plant. It needs a good environment to grow in. We need to treat our relationship with God in the same way. We need to give it a good environment. We may have to give up some of our old hang outs or some of our old ways. We have to have a selfless devotion to God. The Bible says in James 4 that God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble. We need to be sure to cherish every word that God has given us from the Bible and we need to speak to God in prayer.

I had such a wonderful time seeing the purity of the service and the sincerity. I know that my sister will have a wonderful marriage and will be a happy woman with Preston. I know that they are a great couple and they truly love one another and their actions show it. How do your actions reflect your relationship with God? I hope you will treat your love for God as you would a marriage and present yourselves as a pure bride to Christ.

God Bless!


Here is one of the songs that was sang at the wedding that I know you will enjoy!

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