Lazaroo – Sunday, March 1, 2009

Mar 01, 2009 I Lazaroo.

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” (Genesis 1:1)


O God!  With this bold proclamation You throw down the gauntlet.  Before the beginning of Space, Mass, Energy and Time –

You…ARE.

You packed these 41,173 Bible verses from Genesis to Revelation with thousands of scientific facts that no human living when they were written could have imagined.

To this very moment, every piece of data in the Bible that modern geologists, anthropologists, historians, mathematicians, chemists, physicists, psychologists, paleontologists, biologists and Stellar astrophysicists have been able to ruthlessly, objectively investigate –

has

been

wondrously,

irrefutably

confirmed.

Only The Creator of this billions-of-light-years expanding universe dotted with 50 billion trillion stars could do such a thing!

But most shocking of all, Jesus, is that You – this very same God – ache to spend this explosively intimate 1on1 time each day…with me.
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John 1:3; Psalms 19:1-4, Psalm 33:9, Psalm 147:4-5; 1 Peter 1:10-13; 1 Thessalonians 5:21; Romans 3:3-4; Jeremiah 30:21

Scripture taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®. NIV®. Copyright© 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society. Used by permission of The International Bible Society.
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Scripture taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®. NIV®. Copyright© 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved.

13 responses so far.

  1. Steve Says:

    “April Says:
    WOW!! AND this is just the BEGINNING!”

    It IS, isn’t it? The first verse of the Bible…and the first day of Lazaroo. I’m so grateful that you were here at the very beginning. I can’t wait to see what God wants to do with this growing community of people who have such a heart to know Him!

  2. Steve Says:

    “Mel Says:
    Thank you Pastor Steve for delivering a great message yesterday. It hit home to me. I hope everyone that heard your double dog dare takes you up on it!”

    Ha! Thanks, Mel. For those who missed the message, here’s the full unedited version:

    I double-dog dare you to plunge head-long into a white hot, fired-up, Banzai, avid, ardent, candid, eager, fiery, thrilling, burning, moving, stirring, piquing, shocking, startling, tingling, gasping, kindling, roiling, devout, sublime, intense, profound, plumbless, fathomless, bottomless, rapturous, mysterious, feverish, passionate, recondite, breathtaking, transporting, compelling, explosive, exciting, ecstatic, inflaming, exalting, inspiring, arousing, engrossing, elating, igniting, absorbing, intriguing, sagacious, inciting, unalloyed, unrestrained, all agog, provocative, awakening, emotional, enjoyable, animated, catalytic, penetrating, mesmerizing, galvanizing, death-defying, stimulating, activating, captivating, elevating, instigating, intoxicating, exhilarating, precipitating, electrifying, unadulterated, unimaginably deep, pure, rich, true, all-consuming, pedal-to-the-metal, no-holds-barred, over-the-top, daily encounter with Almighty God.

  3. Steve Says:

    Linda, you wrote: “I am still trying to absorb even just a fraction of this. How could I have missed the enormity of this in all of my Bible readings?”

    Me too, Linda. Me, too. Some of these stats were inspired by Hugh Ross’ phenomenal book, “Why The Universe is the Way it is” – http://tinyurl.com/cpx5ll.

  4. Steve Says:

    Bill – I love that you were able to find the time to run the Scripture references beneath today’s Lazaroo. I put them there so that on any given day, you can affirm that every word of the prayer is solidly grounded in God’s Word. But these same passages can also trigger an in-depth Bible study that leads you farther and farther into the inexhaustible riches of God’s Word. Go for it!

  5. Steve Says:

    To Art about your Matthew 6 comment: You’re welcome. The Lord’s Prayer never gets old, does it? So short, so simple. But the deeper you go into it, the more profound it becomes.

  6. Steve Says:

    I’m with you, Jeff. Years ago, it was looking up at a starry sky that helped trigger some of my earliest, life-changing 1on1 times with Jesus. That amazing, awestruck emotion continues to rise up within me to this very day, every time I look up at night into God’s vast creation.

    It remains the inspiration behind the Lazaroo site background, which is a remarkable picture snapped by the Hubble Heritage Project, revealing a reflection nebula in the constellation Orion. Like fog around a street lamp, a reflection nebula shines only because the light from an embedded source illuminates its dust. The nebula itself does not emit any visible light of its own.

    Doesn’t the parallel to our 1on1 time with Jesus absolutely blow you away?

    O God embedded deep within me: So illuminate this dust from which You made me that all can see your light reflected through me!

  7. April Says:

    WOW!! AND this is just the BEGINNING!

  8. Mel Says:

    Thank you Pastor Steve for delivering a great message yesterday. It hit home to me. I hope everyone that heard your double dog dare takes you up on it!

  9. Linda Gant Says:

    I am still trying to absorb even just a fraction of this. How could I have missed the enormity of this in all of my Bible readings?

  10. Bill Wall Says:

    Well I did my 60 seconds and then some. I also read through the scripture provided on this page. Love the Psalms! This was a Great idea Steve, hopefully will keep me and everybody else plugged in! Thanks..

  11. Art Harshbarger Says:

    Thanks for Matthew, Chapter 6, Prayer today.

    I have been using this prayer for the past several months.

    Apprecate your explanation for one using it.

  12. Jeff Says:

    Often times, one hears others say that peering into the stars in the vastness of space at night has the effect of making individuals seem so insignificant. However, experiencing a personal relationship with the Creator has the opposite result.

    Praise God that the number of hairs on my head (although they are decreasing every day) is no less significant to the Almighty as the number of stars He hung above them.

  13. Steve Says:

    I just prayed today’s Lazaroo with everything in me. I hope that’s how you prayed it, too. If not – if you read through it first just out of curiosity – that’s okay. But now, go back and totally absorb that powerful verse of Scripture! Really PRAY that prayer in full wonder, worship and adoration! That’s Lazaroo. Thank you so much for beginning this adventure with me. See you tomorrow. – Steve

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