Monday, September 29, 2014


I smile as i think about the goodness of God towards me.  Reflecting only on my life, my youth was wasted following after foolish things.  I cannot change the past but I appreciate Jehovah all the more because I see His hand was continually upon me throughout my days.

God was never important enough to me to seek out a relationship with Him while I was growing up and noticing the world around me.  Yet, i told all who asked, I was a believer.  I even wore clothing that professed my faith.  How ironic that those things were the extent of my relationship with Jesus...only on the outside.
Later on in life after much hardship I began to see that God was not God to me.  Had He been real to me I would not have made some of the decisions I made growing up.  Praise God for His compassion and mercy.  I did not know much about Him even though I grew up in the church and sang in the church choir.  As I get ready to close out my day I am drawn to the story of Rehoboam in 2nd Chronicles 12 and how his life is characterized by the scriptures.  
Verse 14 "And he (Rehoboam) did evil, because he did not prepare his heart to seek the Lord." In plain text, Rehoboam did what he wanted and nothing good came from it.  Rehoboam is the son of Solomon the wisest man who ever lived.  Rehoboam was party to some of the greatest testaments of Solomon because he was the kings son.  Surely he saw things that only a precious few did.  I know he saw the Hand of God upon his father because Solomon had peace through his entire kingship.  What happened?  Rehoboam reigned on the throne of Israel after his father Solomon died.  WOW!!!  This apple fell far from the tree.
He wanted to blaze his own trail and make his mark in life.  Well, he did.  But for the wrong reasons.  
I grew up around many godly people and saw the Spirit of God upon them.  As with Rehoboam, I wanted to blaze my own trail and do what i wanted to do.  And I did.  Many failures followed.  Indecision and insecurity was bedrocks within me.  I was lost.  I did not set my heart to seek after The Lord.  How easy was it for the people back then to say "This is the son of Solomon.  He will reign as his father did with much wisdom and godliness."  WRONG.  
Solomon's faith, trust and obedience in God was not passed on to Rehoboam.  Much like my mother's faith in God and those who taught me as a child in the church growing up, I could not claim their God as my God unless I set my heart to learn of and from Him.  
The scriptures say imphatically that God looks on the heart. The outward man (body) will perish but the inward man (spirit) needs to be renewed because that man is spiritually dead.  He is the one that defines who we are in our hearts.  Praise God that His Holy Spirit continued to pursue me while i was running in the opposite direction.  Now I live for God.  Believe me I still struggle in life, but now I know that God is with me through all things.  Did Rehoboam renew himself in the LORD?  I cannot say.  But, it nice to know that God did not forsake me while my heart's throne had other god's sitting on it.  

Good night.   

I Am Resting

Good evening.  How was your work day?  Great I hope.  Mine was pretty good.
For my devotional tonight i sang the song "I Am Resting". 

Somedays are harder than others to make it through and i often need a little extra push.  Today started out like that but as it went on, I found peace in The Lord.  So, when I got home from work i read Psalm 17 and verse 8 stuck out to me.  It reads like this "keep me as the apple of Your eye; hide me under the shadow of Your wings."  
That's a pretty amazing thing to say to God.  Yet, God honors us, if we honor Him.  I am touched by what i read and am comforted also.  
So without further ado, one verse (third verse) and the chorus from I Am Resting.

(Verse 3)
I am resting from my fear and doubting
resting in the working of my Lord
He has promised and He will perform it
He is faithful to His precious Word

I am resting in the love of Jesus
I'm resting, yes, I'm resting
I am resting in the love of Jesus
I am resting in my Savior's love

Good night and God bless

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Not promised

"...weeping may endure for the night, but joy comes in the morning."   Psalm 30:5b

I don't want to wait until tomorrow.

Lord Jesus
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Thursday, September 25, 2014


The following words are the chorus to hymn number 66, I sang this morning to The Lord.  The title of the hymn is Fill Me Now.  Did you sing to The Lord this morning?  If so what song?

Fill me now, fill me now
Jesus come and fill me now

Fill me with Thy hallowed presence
Come, O come, and fill me now.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Sanctuary, Volume Two

Psalm 96:6 "Honor and majesty are before Him; Strength and beauty are in His sanctuary."  

Corporate worship can be a wonderful thing.  It is beautiful in sight, as all of God's children come together in one accord lifting our eyes to heaven seeking the face of our eternal Father. Our holy hands raised in surrender to Him and His will.  Hearts joined together by a desire to honor God alone, who is worthy to be praised.  

Exodus 15 records, I think, one of the earliest forms of corporate worship.  At the very least it is an outdoor tent service.  
Their former captors and enemy has been vanquished, their freedom has been secured and now they are on the path to the Land of Promise.  
Sounds like us today, does it not?  Yes.  
Our enemy Satan has been defeated by Jesus Christ at the cross of Calvary, who at the same time secured the freedom for all those who would make Him their LORD and Saviour.  Three days later when He walked out of the grave our salvation was established in heaven, our future Land of Promise.  
Several times during worship services in my church I have wept, simply because, it seems so unbelievable.  I now have a hope and a future home. 
David wrote in Psalm 139:6 "such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high, I cannot attain into it."
Yet, despite my unbelief, God made it possible.  
Standing in the sanctuary in the very presence of God with others who experienced His mercy, grace and goodness, through the blood of Jesus, humbles me.  We are only offering back to Jehovah what belongs to Him.  PRAISE.
Let me close with Psalm 30:12 
"To the end that my glory may sing praise to thee, and not be silent.  O LORD my God, I will give thanks unto thee forever."
Corporate worship is a preamble to our (prayerfully soon) heavenly worship.  What David said, I want to say, I hope it is what your are saying or want to say as well.  

God bless

Minus the home

"Foxes have holes and the birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man has nowhere to lay His head."

We all know these to be the words of Jesus, spoken of in the gospels of Matthew and Luke.  
As I lay here and reflect on some things the aforementioned scripture came to my remembrance.
At first I meditated on His words.  Next I read both accounts.  Then I became confused.  I needed to pray.

Then, I looked at the words spoken before and after the words of Christ.
A certain scribe approached Jesus and said "Master I will follow You wherever You go."
One of Jesus' disciples said "Lord, first let me go and bury my father."

Notice how Jesus is addressed by the two men.  One calls Him Master, and the other calls Him Lord.
Not unusual.  Jesus had many followers and admirers during His short time on the earth.  I too follow Jesus and admire Him.  However, the words that Jesus say speak a great deal more about the life and hearts of each man. 
The scribe wanted to follow Jesus simply because of the notoriety associated with what Jesus had been doing.  It was the 'human honor and glory' he sought when he called Jesus, Master.
As for the disciple, calling Jesus, Lord, was at odds with his request to 'first go and bury his father'.  
Jesus clearly wanted both men to know that His goal was only to do the will of His Father in heaven.  
If Master and Lord were the first words off their lips then why were they putting Jesus second?  

My breathing slows some as I self examine my use of the words Master and Lord when I speak to and of Jesus.  Is He really Lord and Master of my life?  Oh yes He is?  There is no doubt.  But there are times when I abuse the privilege by putting myself first and Him second.  'Self' has no part in the plan of God because conflict will arise.  
Jesus also wanted to convey that there was nothing on this earth that would detract Him from His mission.
"I have no home, no family, no business commitments and no designs to go after any of those things." (Paraphrased)
Up until the time of the thirtieth year of His life Jesus had all of those things.  Yet, when the time came to "go forth and proclaim the gospel message" Jesus forsook all other things and went.
Is it easy to lay down our rights and lives for the sake of others?  No.  
Is there any glory or honor in the work of the kingdom?  Not if we are looking for it on this earth.
Can we make provisions for our loved ones before we go?  Not likely.

Jesus is our example in all things. His life of surrender and servant hood is part of our spiritual foundation.  When I call Jesus Lord and Master am I doing so with an attitude of surrender and a willingness to serve?  Or am I calling Him Lord and Master while applying conditions?

Jesus says "follow me."
It is as much a statement as it is a question.  What will you say to it?

Monday, September 22, 2014

Sanctuary, Volume One

Psalm 77:13 "Your way, O God, is in the sanctuary; Who is so great as our God?"

Sunday is my favorite day of the week because I get to spend it in the house of God.
I get to spend that day, in corporate worship, with fellow believers and followers of God Most High.

On this day God is present with His people.  In the sanctuary God meets with us and His Spirit dwells among us as we remember the work done on the Cross for our eternal benefit.  
Here in the sanctuary is where God instructs us and equips us for the days to come.  Our faith is increased in the God who makes all things possible, because nothing is impossible for God.
The lost find salvation.
The dead are made alive.
The sick are made whole.
The lame are made to walk.
God's sanctuary is a shelter for His children.

Here, between the altar and the door, we stand in the very presence of Jehovah our creator.
We lift our voices and praise Him with songs song from the very depts of our souls.
Walls are knocked down and bonds are broken.
We worship Him in spirit and truth, because HE IS GOD.  
God has come down from heaven to redeem us from sin and pull us from the hands of death and hell.
God has given us the power to overcome all things.

This time with like minded lovers of Adonai, is not like the time we spend individually with Him during the week.
We are all made One when we come together.  In each other we find encouragement, we find joy, we find peace, we find help and we find that it is all made possible by God.  The arm cannot do the work of the legs, nor can the eye do what the ear is made to do.  Just as the physical body cannot function without all of its parts working in conjunction with one another, neither can the body of Christ function without all of its parts working together.  Scriptures says we are One mind, One body and One Spirit.

Our God is a great God because His is the only God that has always been...
Our God is a great God because He will always be...
Our God is a great God because He has ordained ours days...
Our God is a great God because there is no one higher...
Our God is a great God because He is "I AM"

Here in the sanctuary is where the power and glory of God are seen.
Here in the sanctuary His lovingkindness fills us.
Here in the sanctuary we lift up holy hands to the One.
Here in the sanctuary our soul finds satisfaction in Him alone.
Here in the sanctuary we sing praise with joyful lips.
Here in the sanctuary the King of Heaven joins us.

God bless

Friday, September 19, 2014

Don't Censor Me

Awakened this morning at 6am and i do not know why.  I am scheduled for work at 12 noon.  The days of me sleeping in are rare indeed.  Will i ever get past waking up early?  Of course I could spend the time in prayer with The Lord?  That is a much better idea.
As I sit here typing this I have the Worship Central album "Let It Be Known (Live)" playing on Spotify
(great app).  

In the past few months I have noticed that i am slowing down physically.  My activity level has decreased substantially and my aches and pains have increased substantially.  We are going into the third week of September and i have only put about 60-70 miles on my bike.  By now in a normal year i would have at least a two or three of hundred.  That is how much i love riding my bike.  (By bike i mean a Mongoose hybrid mountain bike, no motor involved).  Looking back on the past few months I cannot say that i did anything special that kept me from riding.  Yet, something did.

In Psalm 38, David spoke of a great restlessness and uncertainty he was experiencing in his flesh.
Verse 3 "There is no soundness in my flesh because of Your anger, nor any health in my bones because of my sin."
David displays a deep understanding of sin, its consequences and how it greatly affects him.  This sin, probably unconfessed, is causing him to lose sleep, affects his health and his mind, just for starters.
Pretty soon this sin becomes like a stone around his neck.  
For the chosen of God, sin is not something we want to hold onto.  
Sin: 1. separates us from God     
       2. causes God to hide His face from us
       3. will not allow God to hear the sound of our prayers, let alone our voice
       4. forces God to leave us go in our sinful desires (pursuits of the flesh)
Now tell me, what person redeemed by the cross of Christ, can endure being separated from God?
David says in this Psalm also I am troubled and bowed down (v.6), feeble and broken (v.8), having great turmoil within my heart (v.8).  WOW!!! Hangovers are more fun than this.
David realizes his sin does not only affect him but those around him also.  His family and friends want nothing to do with him and his enemies are closing in for the kill.  Sin is not pretty and it never will be. The pleasures of sin are fleeting and leads to destruction.

The thing that i loved to do like riding my bike have been replaced by something less meaningless.
What once brought me a great amout of joy and pleasure now sits on the side wasting away.  
David has come to that point with God and so have I.  For a season David sinned against God and is reaping the harvest of his sin.  My sin has been an in-and-out relationship with God and His word.  Some days i am hot and some days cold.  God wants us to commit to Him daily.  Daily prayer, daily time in the bible and daily time in His presence.  David call this a psalm of remembrance.  How apropos.

Due to his relationship with Jehovah David says, verse 15 "For in You, O LORD, I hope; You will hear, O LORD my God." 
It should not take long to recognize sin my/our lives.  The Spirit of God makes me/us aware in an instant.  My/our willingness to seek forgiveness and turn away from it determines God's response.
Verse 18 David speaks "For I will declare my iniquity; I have been in anguish over my sin."
Now that he has confessed his sin David finishes his prayer with words of expectancy (v.21-22).
"Do not forsake me, O LORD
O my God, be not far from me!
Make haste to help me, O LORD, my salvation!"
There are many inticements in the present world that keeps us from God.  However, if we want to maintain our relationship with God we must deny the flesh daily and follow after the Spirit daily.  
Hmm!  Maybe God is waking me early just so i can spend that extra time with Him?   

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

This I know

As i sit on my back porch and look around at the night sky i realize that God is good.

That i already know, but sometimes i fail to let God know.  
Many days go by and in my heart i am rejoicing because i know the King of Eternity.
Still, in those same many days, i often forget to stop and just be still.

Have you ever been in my shoes?

Life is getting away from me at the moment and I do not want to get caught in the riptide.
A gentle breeze.
The cries of a bird as it takes flight.
The swaying of the trees.
An oddly shaped cloud.
All these point to the greatness of God.

Yet, as I look around at the works of His hand, I fail to look within myself.
God's greatest work was me and you and the whole of humanity.
My heart beats to a different tune because of God.
My life has a different meaning because of God.
The benefits of being a child of God are immeasurable.
(I could start but never reach the end).

Lord, everything begins and ends with You.  As You are the Alpha and the Omega, how could it not?
You are Holy
You are Righteous
You are Glorious
You are Faithful
You are Eternal
You are my God
Let me live a life that will bring You praise and glory and honor.
In Jesus name I pray. Amen


Saturday, September 13, 2014

Banner or Burden?

What a mighty God I serve.  

I figured I would start out with that statement.   This past weekend has been the fantastic finish of a terrible week slash phenomenal beginning to this week.  
Satan, the great deceiver, has designs on all of God's created, namely those who are born again. With his tactics he tries to steal, kill and destroy (1) our walk with the Most High, (2) he attempts to destroy our testimony to others by causing us to doubt, become fearful and generally make a bad showing of God sometimes, (3) we become distracted and may not spend as much time in prayer or reading our bibles.  There are other things I could name but I am sure you get the idea.  
Let me just say, he had me doing all three and then some this past week.  

I have a journal that I keep and from time-to-time I chronicle certain weeks in them.  Usually I go day-by-day but for some reason I choose to look back on the week and write.  Everyone of us has experienced bad moments, days, weeks and months at some point in our lives.  CAN add the word years but that is another story.  During this time of testing I leaned on one thing, the word of God.  I looked through the scriptures to find peace and encouragement and to remind myself of the promises God has given to all whom He calls His own.  The God of peace filled me and a quiet assurance followed thereafter.  
Why was this such a bad week you say?  The internal struggle.
I believe the bible is the very word of God.  It is divinely inspired and infallible (without error). 
The bible has an answer for everything.  Yes, everything.  Most importantly it tells me about God's love for me and how I can find forgiveness for my sins and inherit eternal life."  

As we draw closer to the return of Jesus (rapture) Satan increases his attacks on the children of God.  
"You really don't believe everything in that book do you?"
"God does not really love you."
"Once a sinner always a sinner."
"There is no hope for you."
On and on it goes.  His words are subtle at times and direct and painful most others.  
Have I listened to him?  I would be a liar if I said no.  

Yes, I have doubted God's word.  Many times it made no sense whatsoever to me.  
Yet other times I feel overwhelmed and unworthy of the revelations His Spirit gives me.  
We call them 'nuggets'.  Seems such an inadequate word when considering the source of it all.  
I titled this post "banner or burden" and put it in the form of a question because God's word is either or.  
A great example of this can be found in Exodus 17.  Israel is at war with the Amalekites, Moses is on top of a mountain holding the rod of God in his hand.  As Moses holds up his hands Israel is winning the battle, however as his arms weaken and fall down, the Amalekites start to prevail in battle.  As we all know Israel wins the battle and the Amalekites are destroyed.  

My point is when God is our banner and held high, victory is assured.  NO MATTER HOW LONG THE BATTLE.  When we lower our standard (another name for banner) the enemy capitalizes on our weakness breaks through our hedge of protection and victory seems to be in there grasp.  
Last week was a reminder that I needed to keep my banner high and recognize God is fighting the battle for me.  Discouragement comes when I look at the length of the fight and question the necessity of it.  The bible says we win the battle, but during the war the end is not always in sight.  That is where I was last week.  Moses did not know how long the battle would go on, but he held fast and Aaron and Hur supported him and in the end Israel is victorious.  
In Christ we have the ultimate victory.  War is never pleasant.  The loss of life is great, and pain and suffering are prevalent.  However, in this battle for the souls of all mankind, the stakes are definitely higher.
Our hope is before us in Jesus Christ and the Cross of Calvary.  
Just as God instructed Moses to build an altar, we too can build one, and know that Jehovah-Nissi has sworn..."victory will come and only by My hand."

Thursday, September 11, 2014


I don't know if you are a fan of the series, but this is a reboot of the Left Behind movies that starred Kirk Cameron.  
Will it be the same?  Do not know.  Looking forward to seeing it.
What say you?

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Hold Fast

Battles are being fought everyday.  It seems as if there is a new 'hot spot' everyday.  There is no need to get into all of that because we all get the news in some format.  However, the greatest battle is the one for souls.  Yours, mine and everyone else on the earth.

Job's life is about to get a great deal more complicated.  Satan has Job in his crosshairs and will put all of his efforts trying to get Job to forsake the LORD God.  Chapter 2:4 So Satan answered the LORD and said, "Skin for skin! Yes, all that a man has he will give for his life."
Speaking with the confidence that his plan will work, Satan feels quite sure that Job will cave.  
Job is stricken with painful boils from the crown of his head to the soles of his feet.  

As far as i can tell Job has not uttered a word against God.  There were times in my life when I have questioned God as to why certain things have to happen to me, i.e. bad things.  During my times of trials and tribulations I have often discovered how shallow my faith is and how shallow I view God.  
My faith was not always the greatest.  It was based on God giving and me receiving.  So, as is endured  the chastening of God and the badgering of Satan the holes in my reasoning were exposed.  God has proven Himself to be faithful, in the days of harvest and times of famine.  Job chose to see his God in that light also.
Satan assumed that Job would question God about this his physical condition, but he did not.  So Satan goes to Plan B--the wife.  
Mrs. Job says "Do you still hold fast to your integrity?  Curse God and die!"
Job retorts "You speak as one of the foolish women speaks.  Shall we indeed accept good from God and shall we not accept adversity?"
Talk about your tableside discussions!  WOW!

Truth be told, Job hit the ball out of the ballpark.  Shall we accept the goodness and blessings of God without having to endure hardships and loss?  I was a loooooooong time in receiving this truth.  In the New Testament cannon we have Jesus Christ and the Cross of Calvary.  But in the Old Testament we have God.  Let me reword that.  Job, in the Old Testament, has a personal relationship with God.
That is why God said that Job was unlike any man on the earth, full of integrity and blameless and honest.  That is also why Job could rebuke his wife and call her a fool because she challenged God.

How easy it is to look at life around us and feel we have a sense of entitlement just because we are children of God.  Hey God how about no more bills, no more sickness, pain, worry, hunger, crime, drugs, alcohol and so on?  I am born again.  I am a joint heir with Christ.  Show me some love.
Me, myself and I.  (There really is nothing new under the sun.)
Job has a good report because he knew that no matter what, he did not want to be defined by his earthly possessions.  Job wanted to be defined as a man who trusted in the Most High God.  Job held fast to God and we too must do the same, in all matters of our lives, if we want God to hold fast to us.

Remember: " all this Job did not sin with his lips."

God bless you and have a great day.
--to be continued--

Friday, September 5, 2014

Present Yourself

Forgive me for jumping around like this with my blog posts but this will be a short three part side trip in the life of Job.
The "Great Divide" post is halfway done and will be posted by Wednesdy at the latest.  While taking a break from blogging i picked up my bible to try and jumpstart my brain.  I am having trouble with a transition point and needed to stop writing as my frustration started to grow with each incomplete sentence/thought.  

God said that Job was "like no other man on all the earth.  Job is a man of honor and integrity, who feared God and hated evil."  
Pretty heady words don't you think?  Yes!
I agree.
God is God so there is no need to explain Him.  But Job on the other hand i wanted to look into a little closer.  Here goes nothing!

Looking at the words which God himself spoke says volumes about the kind of person Job was.  Now the bible says "God is no respector of persons", meaning He does not favor one human being over another.  Some of you may say differently and are able to back it up.  However, God speaks only of the character and characteristics displayed by the person in whom He is verbalizing.

God called David the "apple of His eye" and Noah "found grace" in the eyes of the LORD.  Why?  It is their 'living examples' of God.  David's heart can be seen throughout his writings in the Psalms, in how he ruled the Israelites, in the testimony told by others as we read the bible.  Good or bad, God is the center of David's life.  Noah, despite God's warning of the coming judgment and building the Ark, was steadfast in his witness of the love and grace and mercy of God, trying to get the people to repent and turn from their wicked ways and back to God.  Noah very well could have wiped his hands of the people around him, but His understanding of the character and nature of God led him to do otherwise.
As we can see character displayed in relation to God causes God to speak as He does of Job, David, Noah, Moses, you and I.  It has nothing to do with God picking and choosing whom He wishes.

What would the Author of my life say about me?  
Have I presented myself as blameless, honest and faithful?
The character of Job was on display for all to see and He represented His creator with the upmost joy and reverance.  
Have I?  I hang my head in shame.
As my pastor says "we are all under construction."  Yet even in life we present ourselves and the God we represent to the world around us whether we want to or not.  
Job is off to a good start, but what happens when adversity comes?

--To be continued--

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Unnamed source

I heard this quote in a movie trailer i watched this morning.  Pretty profound.
It also comes on the heels of me reading from the book of Job. 

"The worst mistakes we make are preceded by decisions made in haste."

God bless you and have a great day.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

BBD (Beautiful Beyond Description) Part Two

Cruxificion was the worst form of death within the Roman Empire.  Many people avoided it and sadly, more than enough experienced it.  It was said that Pontious Pilate once cruxified over 2,000 Jews in one day in response to an uprising.  How true is that I don't know, but he did have his moments.

Jesus it says in Hebrews 12:2 'endured the cross and despising the shame, and is now seated on the right hand of the throne of God.'

Looking back at how Jesus died, there can no beauty be found.  He was beaten, scourged and tortured.  He had a crown of thorns imbeaded on His head, before being nailed on the Cross.  Scriptures say Jesus was so badly disfigured that not even those who knew Him could recognize Him.
Beauty?  Cannot see it.

Jesus took upon Himself the sins of humanity so that we could find redemption froms our sins and have the hope of eternal life.  As he hung on the cross looking out at those present and those not yet alive, Jesus endured what was meant for me.  Jesus' breathing was laboured.  His broken and battered body bled from the open wounds while His life slowly ebbed away.  
Beauty?  Cannot see it.

As the people gazed up at God's glory (Jesus) against man's fury (cruxificion) there was nothing beautiful to behold.  Yet, in between the glory and the fury stood the Cross.  
Sin cannot be in the presence of the Glory of God.  Why?  Because God is Holy and Righteous and Just.  Sin causes God's fury to fall upon man.  We have turned our backs on our Creator and sought after our own god's and idols.  Namely ourselves.
God's fury (justice) needed to be satisfied, and once again, between the glory and the fury stood the Cross.

Many songs have been written about the Cross, but two stand out to me.  The first one being the classic hymn Old Rugged Cross and the second, a modern classic itself The Wonderful Cross.
These two songs talk about the suffering of Jesus on the cross, but they also belay the hope of the Cross--salvation through the shed blood of the only One whose death can give life.  
Before the Light of Jesus shone within me I could not see beauty in an ugly world, full of ugly people, full of hateful words and actions.  
Beauty?  Cannot see it.

You know what?  Something wonderful happened to me.  I found Jesus.  Now, that Cross shines brighter than the sun.   The glory of the LORD is risen upon me.  It is now within me.
Beauty?  Now I can see it.  
Three days later Jesus walked out of the grave.  His death on the cross was not permanent.  The life we gain as a reslut of the Cross is permanent.  

Arise and shine; for thy light has come.  Let us be the light in a world of darkness.  
Jesus in His holiness and glorified body, now that is BBD.  
Beautiful Beyond Description.