Quotes of Jesus

"The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy.
I came that they may have life and have it abundantly!"--Jesus

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Tuesday, August 9, 2011

June/July 2011 Web Update

Just archiving a web update from the previous months. Enjoy!!
June/July 2011

It had been nearly a year since Peter, Edmund, Susan, & Lucy had stepped foot into the Land of Narnia. However, a thousand years had passed since a Narnian had laid eyes on the "kings and queens of old". What they found was a very different place than what they had left.

I'm speaking of the book now made into a movie, The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian. In book 2 of the series, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, Aslan, the great lion, with the help of the four children, defeated the White Witch and her army. There they stayed and ruled as kings and queens. As adults they stepped back through the wardrobe only to return to this world the same age as if they had never left.

This time things are different. Narnia has "aged." The great castle, Cair Paravel, lays in ruins. Most of the animals no longer "talk" as they did before. The children are not as familiar with the lay of the land due to a thousand years of change in the terrain. Evil and corrupt men from Telmar are in power. Most of the "Old Narnians" have gone underground struggling to survive. Aslan is nowhere to be found. Narnia has become a very dangerous place.

Hope is found in one young man, Caspian, a telmarine who must take his rightful place as king of Narnia. He must unite the Narnians, dethrone his evil uncle, and bring peace between the Narnians and the Telmarines. 
He will need the help of Aslan and the four children to accomplish this.

As I reflect on this fantastic story by C.S. Lewis, I'm reminded of the perils of letting our kingdoms go. As men and women, we are meant to rule.(Gen. 1:28) It is the inheritance we have in Christ Jesus.(Col. 1:12, 1 Peter 1:3-5)

We rule in a variety of ways. Fathers rule over their families, entrepreneurs over their businesses, pastors over churches, officials over countries, landlords over their properties, children over their rooms, etc.
Ruling requires taking responsibility for those under our care. It means tending to the "things that matter." Prince Caspian is just an example of what a kingdom goes through when it has been abandoned. It is the result of not tending to the "things that matter." This can happen in our homes, families, businesses, churches, and especially and most importantly our own hearts.

Take stock over your life right now. How are things holding up? Take a look under the hood of your heart. What might you find there? Are there some things that need tending? Maybe you're not too sure what are the "things that matter."

At RPM, we want to help you. Take this as our invitation to re-establish your union with the King of kings, and with God's help then reunite with your loved ones, dethrone the evil one, and bring peace to your life.

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