Broken Hearts

broken2heart.jpgIs the church fixing broken hearts or are we hiding behind fake hearts of stone? Are we really expecting our stone heart shaped hearts to really reach our world of lost and hurting people? Can a heart like that reach a truly broken heart? Can we even heal the broken hearts of the church family? Not if we expect perfectionism in the church. Perfectionism = legalism. Legalism = failure. Failure = a stone shaped heart that can’t relate to a soft, broken heart.

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A broken heart longing for more. More than what rules can fill. More than a relationship with a person can fill. More than a church service can fill. More than anything but the grace of God can fill. Grace = love. Love = stone heart crushing power from heaven above.

So why do we do what we do? For others? For myself (ego, pride)? Not wanting to disappoint others? Or is it from the overflow of a soft and broken heart being held together by God’s hands of grace?

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Cross or Christ?

Ok I am going to rant a little. As it gets closer to Easter I have been hearing more and more songs about “The Cross”. Like the song “Wonderful cross“. and others. I visited a church this weekend with some family and it seemed like almost every song talked about “the cross”. And no, I am not picking on that church. Our church sings songs about the cross also. At times it almost seems like we are worshiping a cross instead of Christ. Worshiping wood instead of our Lord. The cross it self has nothing to do with our salvation. It’s about Jesus death and resurrection. So why put so much emphasis on the cross?

Before you start sending me comments about the symbolism: I ask you, why do we need symbolism, we have Christ? Wood or God? What do you think? 🙂