Saturday, September 04, 2010
Monday, August 30, 2010
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
We cannot be happy without love, and to love truly, we must be free. The freedom that engenders love comes from one source only - total abandonment to the Divine Will. We must not only resign ourselves to the circumstances of our lives, but consent to them. By choosing our sufferings rather than just enduring them, we choose God's will for our lives, and He will be faithful to us.
Saturday, July 31, 2010
And what more shall I say? I do not have time to tell about Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, David, Samuel and the prophets, 33who through faith conquered kingdoms, administered justice, and gained what was promised; who shut the mouths of lions, 34quenched the fury of the flames, and escaped the edge of the sword; whose weakness was turned to strength; and who became powerful in battle and routed foreign armies. 35Women received back their dead, raised to life again. Others were tortured and refused to be released, so that they might gain a better resurrection. 36Some faced jeers and flogging, while still others were chained and put in prison. 37They were stoned; they were sawed in two; they were put to death by the sword. They went about in sheepskins and goatskins, destitute, persecuted and mistreated— 38the world was not worthy of them. They wandered in deserts and mountains, and in caves and holes in the ground. 39These were all commended for their faith, yet none of them received what had been promised. 40God had planned something better for us so that only together with us would they be made perfect..
Friday, July 30, 2010
Thursday, July 29, 2010
there are 2 types of people in the world:
1) those who seek God
2) those who seek to avoid God
and both will be successful in the end
a person can say no to the bitter end
Romans 124Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another. 25They exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator—who is forever praised. Amen.:
He gave them over, chilling words - He let them have their own way
a person can say to God
thy will be done
my will be done
God will never violate the picket fence of our own unwillingness
Does the Bible have authority?
No - sweeping rejection
Maybe - problems exist
Yes - complete acceptance
Our culture is denigrating anything having to do with authority
Bible is always counter-cultural
Question: Are we children of our culture or transformer or agents in culture - what paradigm do I embrace?
Belief in scripture will run against the current of the time
Men of Issachar understood the times and knew what to do
Know your culture, know your calling - be students of the world, and leverage your culture for the gospel
We should be seeking to be winsome - build truth into people, best thing to do transmute the currency of temporal to the currency of the eternal
Basic issues of stewardship (time-talent-treasure and truth and relationship: Take the temporal (time, talent and treasure) to things that go on into eternity: word of God and people
Thursday, July 22, 2010
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
Saturday, July 17, 2010
Wednesday, July 14, 2010
"I get to pray!""I get to converse with the Creator of the Universe!""I get to sit and listen to his Word read from brothers and sisters who love Him and desire His presence!""I get to wait on the Holy Spirit and briefly and finitely touch His power!""I get to sing praises, close my eyes, lift my hands and stand in awe and wonder!""What a privilege when many around the world are suppressed and oppressed. Many around the world can not meet in communion. What a blessing to have this time!"
"I am sitting with others who love the Lord, through their pain, happiness, sorrow, wants, needs, plenty...they all love the Lord and depend on Him!""I get to recite creeds, sing songs which are ancient and new, Christians around the world are doing the same. God is building and encouraging His church and I am a part of it!""I get to hear incredible teaching from scripture. I am allowed to learn more from the Word.""Many around the world have to travel, walk, miles and miles for their fellowship. I walk 20 yards!"
"I love this family! They are fun, for the most part enjoy each other and it is a privilege to have each person in my life. I am serving them!""I have my wits about me, strength in my arms and legs, my kids can run and scream and play and have minds to create--I am blessed.""My husband is a servant and gives his all to his job and his all to his family and first his all to his Lord. He is a manly example of a follower of Jesus and I am so blessed to be married to him and allowed to serve him."
"Thank goodness there is a market close by, I have funds to shop for food, clothes and other necessities!"
"I am privileged to live in a country where disagreement and discourse are expected and that's what keep our country afloat."
Sunday, July 11, 2010
What wondrous love is this, O my soul, O my soul!What wondrous love is this, O my soul!What wondrous love is this that caused the Lord of blissTo bear the dreadful curse for my soul, for my soul,To bear the dreadful curse for my soul.
When I was sinking down, sinking down, sinking down,
When I was sinking down, sinking down,
When I was sinking down beneath God’s righteous frown,
Christ laid aside His crown for my soul, for my soul,
Christ laid aside His crown for my soul.
To God and to the Lamb, I will sing, I will sing;
To God and to the Lamb, I will sing.
To God and to the Lamb Who is the great “I Am”;
While millions join the theme, I will sing, I will sing;
While millions join the theme, I will sing.
And when from death I’m free, I’ll sing on, I’ll sing on;
And when from death I’m free, I’ll sing on.
And when from death I’m free, I’ll sing and joyful be;
And through eternity, I’ll sing on, I’ll sing on;
And through eternity, I’ll sing on.
I am, when in my best, when leaning on His everlasting arms, so thankful that God is still working on me! He doesn't leave me bitter, jealous, insecure, shy, weak-willed, lustful, greedy.... He works grace, mercy, patience, strength in Him, contentment, dependence on Him into my skin and bones, into my heart and mind. It's not easy. It requires me to get down on my knees and say, confess, "I am wrong. Please help me. Lift me up. I give myself to You." That comes when the Holy Spirit overwhelms me with His love and assurance that this surgery is for my good. He woos me.
While on vacation I read The Great Divorce by C.S. Lewis. A must-read. A quick-read. A deep-read. One ghost's story concludes:
"Have I your permission?" said the Angel to the Ghost.
"I know it will kill me."
"It won't. But supposing it did?"
"You're right. It would be better to be dead than to live with this creature."
"Then I may?"
"Damn and blast you! Go on can't you? Get it over. Do what you lik." bellowed the Ghost: but ended, whimpering, 'God help me. God help me." Next moment the Ghost gave a scream of agony such as I never heard on Earth. The Burning One closed his crimson grip on the reptile; twisted it, while it bit and writhed and then flung it, broken backed, on the turf.
"Ow! That's done for me,"gasped the Ghost, reeling backwards.
Read the rest to find out what happened to the Ghost and the reptile. It's, well, it sent shivers through my soul.