“...childlike wonder and awe have died. The scenery and poetry and music of the majesty of God have dried up like a forgotten peach at the back of the refrigerator.” We begin to worship when we begin to wonder!
J. I. Packer answers, "The clearest answer is that God never needed to be made, because he was always there. He exists in a different way from us. We, his creatures, exist in in a dependent, derived, finite, fragile way, but our maker exists in an eternal, self-sustaining, necessary way - necessary, that is, in the sense that God does not have it in him to go out of existence, just as we do not have it in us to live forever. We grow older and die because it is our present nature to do that; God continues forever unchanged, because it is his eternal nature to do that. God is and has life in himself and draws his unending energy from himself. In our life of faith it is easy to embrace an idea of God that is too limited and too small."
The idea that God has always been, that from everlasting to everlasting he is God, guards us against an anemic, weak, and completely unsuitable view of God. And it gives the most rational answer to the question, "From where have we all come?"
Looking forward to serving and sharing the love of Jesus as we reach out to the children in our neighborhood this Saturday!!! We have such great fun and worship together in the trailer parks!!!
I find it fascinating that God gave us a “songbook” (Psalms) with numerous musical references, but no actual music.... This is must reading. Go to:
Today in a conversation with a new-found friend I was once again reminded that authentic Christ-like love is the ultimate apologetic for God - unconditional, selfless, humble, empathizing love.
“An honest man, armed with all the knowledge available to us now, could only state that in some sense, the origin of life appears at the moment to be almost a miracle, so many are the conditions which would have had to have been satisfied to get it going.” –Francis Crick, biochemist and spiritual skeptic, shared the Nobel Prize for discovering the molecular structure of DNA
My one desire now is to see the name of Jesus lifted high above all things and to be transformed into His likeness.
There was a time when I didn't think of myself as a very great sinner which meant I didn't need a very great Savior.
It makes perfect sense to me. Indeed, it is delightful to me, that in desiring to connect with our Creator, we seek to see the invisible, know the unknowable, comprehend the incomprehensible, and experience the eternal. And we will have an eternity to do just that and more. We will be ever knowing and ever growing in our intimacy with the One who made us. Now that's something to live for!
The difficult question of pain forms a thorny question on which volumes have been written. Why do the innocent suffer? Why do we face all these diseases? Why the suffering of millions because of natural disasters or the tyranny of demagogues? I do not pretend to have the answers, but one thing I know: pain is a universal fact of life..... For more see:
It’s tempting to give up when a task becomes demanding. But Chuck Swindoll describes here the opposite kind of response—the kind that’s not easily deterred from the goal. - See more at: http://www.insight.org/resources/videos/insights/determination.html?print=#sthash.ljiesGtr.dpuf
Said Jonathan Swift in Gulliver's Travels, "We have just enough religion to make us hate, but not enough to make us love one another." Throughout history, the church has found it difficult to love. It has been easier to be theologically accurate, than to love. It has been easier to stand for the truth than to love. Yet the supreme characteristic that God demands of his people is love. Indeed the Bible’s simplest description of God is found in First John 4:16, "God is love." It is time to wed two eternal realities. God is BOTH truth and love. We cannot love if we fail to speak the truth of the Gospel. And we cannot speak the truth without it wrapped in the garb of sincere love. Today, I am looking for opportunities to express my love and the truth of the good news found in the gospel.
Heard a great sermon today by Charles Stanley on dealing with the grip of discouragement over your life. Perhaps you might want to take the time to listen. Go to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k1KNPPMUVgc
I just heard the news again about a friend who has suffered for years with cancer and multiple surgeries. And once again I struggle with why good people, good Christians, suffer.The Bible speaks of a number of reasons for suffering including 1) that they are simply common to humanity due to the corruption of the world through sin. 2) There is some suffering that we bring upon ourselves and God allows these consequences to discipline, train and correct us. 3) They help mature us by teaching us humility, obedience, self control, and total dependency on God. 4) Further trials may come simply to bring glory to God through our faithfulness as we go through them. People look on in wonder at the strength he gives us to endure them. 5) We can comfort others in the same ways that God comforts us along the journey. 6) And at times people, who watch us endure with patience and peace, are drawn to beginning a relationship with the same God we've grown to love and enjoy. Our moments of "suffering well" spare them from an eternity of endless suffering. And through the trial, we know that God only does what is best for his children and loves us and suffers with us.
“In the shadow of my hurt, forgiveness feels like a decision to reward my enemy. But in the shadow of the cross, forgiveness is merely a gift from one undeserving soul to another.”
― Andy Stanley, It Came from Within!: The Shocking Truth of What Lurks in the Heart
“The key to understanding masculinity is Jesus Christ. Jesus was tough with religious blockheads, false teachers, the proud, and bullies. Jesus was tender with women, children, and those who were suffering or humble. Additionally, Jesus took responsibility for Himself. He worked a job for the first thirty years of His life, swinging a hammer as a carpenter. He also took responsibility for us on the cross, where He substituted Himself and died in our place for our sins. My sins are my fault, not Jesus' fault, but Jesus has made them His responsibility. This is the essence of the gospel, the "good news". If you understand this, it will change how you view masculinity.”
Mark Driscoll, Real Marriage: The Truth About Sex, Friendship, and Life Together
I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen: not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else.
C. S. Lewis