Archive for January, 2012

Love That Never Fails.

Posted in Uncategorized on January 23, 2012 by Eric Lapata

I opened by Bible this morning to the Psalms and landed on Psalm 136. I noticed right away that there is a pattern to this psalm that makes it unique. The Psalmist, overwhelmed by the steady love and faithfulness of God, begins each sentence with what God has done and ends the sentence with, “…for his steadfast love endures forever.” Over and over again, the writer repeats himself, “…for his steadfast love endures forever.”

Often in my life, it’s easy to forget the faithfulness and steadfast love of God. I become too consumed with myself and the worries of life that I actually miss what God has done, is doing, and will continue to do.

I want to write out “my own” Psalm 136 to highlight God’s faithfulness and to give thanks for redeeming my life. My hope is that you will do the same-that you will take a long look at your life, praise God, and end every breath with, “…for his steadfast love endures forever.”

My Psalm 136 

I lived my life as if God didn’t exsist,
   for his steadfast love endures forever.
He rescued me from emptiness and dispair,
   for his steadfast love endures forever.
He doesn’t give up on me even when I give up on Him,
   for his steadfast love endures forever.
He gave my the wife of my dreams,
   for his steadfast love endures forever.
My family and friends are better than I could have imagined,
   for his steadfast love endures forever.
My church and it’s people are agents of love and change,
   for his steadfast love endures forever.
He’s there when I doubt, worry, struggle, fear, and am in the depths of the valley,
for his steadfast love endures forever.

 

And when I finally close my eyes and take my last breath, I’ll spend eternity with Him. Why?
   for his steadfast love endures forever.

  


 

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From Atheist to Believer.

Posted in Uncategorized on January 16, 2012 by Eric Lapata

I am currently reading C.S. Lewis’ Mere Christianity, which is one of the most profound and enlightening Christian books of all time. In this book, Lewis explains in detail both the evidence for God and the certainty of Christianity.

One of the most amazing facts about C.S. Lewis is that he was a former atheist. In the chapter titled “The Rival Conceptions of God”, Lewis explains how his argument for atheism was actually an argument against atheism:

My argument against God was that the universe seemed so cruel and unjust. But how had i got this idea of just and unjust? A man does not call a line crooked unless he has some idea of a straight line. What was I comparing this universe with when I called it unjust?…Of course I could have given up my idea of justice by saying it was nothing put a private idea of my own. But if I did that, then my argument against God collapsed too-for the argument depended on saying that the world was really unjust, not simply that it did not happen to please my fancies. Thus in the very act of trying to prove that God did not exist-in other words, that the whole of reality was senseless- I was forced to assume that one part of reality-namely my idea of justice-was full of sense. Consequently atheism turns out to be too simple. If the whole universe has no meaning, we should never have found out that it had no meaning: just as, if there were no light in the universe and therefore no creatures with eyes, we should never know it as dark. Dark would be a word without meaning. (p.38-39)

Incredible, isn’t it? Profound truth that God infused into a man to see the light. I hope this encourages you and leads you one step closer to the One who makes sense of it all!

I Don’t Remember Anything.

Posted in Uncategorized on January 12, 2012 by Eric Lapata

About a week ago, I had to go to the hospital and have a little something done. What I had done was nothing big at all, but it did require me to have an IV so that I could be given sedation medicine. Everyone who knows me knows that when it comes to needles, I immediately freak out. In fact, I am so petrified of needles that I have trouble sleeping the night before I get one!

As I lay on the table ready to be given my sedation medicine, I began to panic. I was so scared that I was told that my heart rate shot up to 150-which is equivalent to a heart rate for a spinning workout! Because I was so scared, instead of receiving the normal 4-6 mg of sedation medicine, I was given 14 mg of sedation medication. 14 mg is a lot of medication to say the least.

After I was given the medication, the fun began. You see, for those of you that are unfamiliar with sedation medicine, the medicine allows you to stay awake, but you don’t remember anything you do or say. While I was in the recovery room, beecause of the medicine, I said a lot of things that I don’t remember saying!

After I got home my wife, Paula, began to tell me everything I said to her, to my mom, and to the nurses who were in my room. As she kept telling me things I said at the hospital, I became more and more embarrassed! And the most frustrating part of all of it is that I don’t remember saying anything! After Paula would tell me something that I said, I would say: “No way! I don’t remember ANY of this!”

As I sit and write this, I can honestly say that I don’t remember anything that I said over a week ago. I find it fascinating that every time my wife would tell me things, I would reply “I don’t remember ANYTHING!” But, what I find even more fascinating that in my relationship with Jesus, He says the same thing to me about my sin and my past. Often times I remind God about my past and my sin and believe that He holds all of it against me. I think that his love for me will run out or He will stop forgiving me. But, He doesn’t and never will. He says to me, “Eric, I don’t remember ANYTHING. Your past, your sin…NOTHING! My Son took your past and your sin on the cross and died for it. He rose three days later showing that death and sin can’t hold Him down. He did that to pay the price of sin and to free you from it. Therefore, I don’t hold anything against you because My Son took it on for you.”

“For I will be merciful toward their iniquities, and I will remember their sins no more.” -Hebrews 8:12

“I, even I, am he who blots out your transgressions, for my own sake, and remembers your sins no more.” -Isaiah 43:25

If you struggle with your past or hold onto guilt, confess your shortcomings and trust in Jesus. He desires to have a relationship with all of us. Let God be the One that soothes your soul and allow Him to whisper to you: “I don’t remember ANYTHING…”