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Faith is Portrayed in Extremist Versions

Grantchester star James Norton criticizes trend for faith being portrayed as ‘exorcisms and cults’ (see article linked below)

Norton is right.   The only thing that makes headlines is critical stories of Christians as extremist or acting contrary to the “stereotype” of the faith.   I say stereotype because outsiders don’t truly understand Christian faith.   I can say that about many Christians as well.  Many are “Christian” in name or association only and not truly Christ followers.

Christ followers who know Jesus also know that the sin that they repented of is representative of the sin nature that resides inside and remains part of the battle fought by each striving Christ follower between goodness and evil.  That is nothing new, Jesus aptly depicted this battle: I came to give you (followers) abundant life, he (the evil one) came only to kill, to steal and to destroy (he destroys love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness, self control and anything righteous he can get his hands on).

We ARE broken people!   We ARE broken!  Wake up!  We have sinned and are so tiny when compared to the Glory of God.  We admit our sinfulness and lowliness.

Sidney Chambers is a realistic human being and also as a Christian or Christ follower.  He is real, authentic.  He has his weaknesses and they show vividly in the Grantchester series on PBS.

I’m not leaving out Judaism nor Islam.  Will cover them at a different time.

Watch Grantchester on PBS or Amazon Prime.

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12 Questions of Christmas

Come Let Us Adore Him!

Here is an advent message from Paul David Tripp.  Enjoy!  Enjoy the season!

That baby in the manger came as our ultimate substitute. Everything he would do, he would do on our behalf, for our salvation.

For once I was excited to go to Spanish class. Word had gotten out that our regular Spanish teacher was sick, and we would have a substitute. I had also heard something about the substitute: she wasn’t a Spanish teacher. I thought I had hit the jackpot. We would probably do nothing in class and would surely be assigned no homework. For the first time in my life, I rushed to Spanish class.

My apologies to any substitutes who may read this, but I grew up expecting very little from the substitute teachers who filled in for our regular instructors. They tended to be unprepared (probably because they were called at the last minute) and not very knowledgeable (probably because they were filling outside of their area of expertise), and because of these things, they were often nervous and ill at ease.

The Bible clearly teaches that Jesus came as our substitute, but in hearing that, you can throw out all experiences you have had with substitute teachers. Jesus came as the ultimate substitute to stand in our place, but he came to live infinitely better than any of us could ever live on our own. One of the ways the Bible talks about this is to call Jesus the “second Adam.” It is a provocative title, worth examining.

The first Adam was created by God and placed in a perfect world, in perfect relationship with God. Adam literally had it all: no earthly needs unmet and no separation between him and God. But in an act of outrageous rebellion against God, he took his life into his own hands, stepped outside God’s boundaries, and did exactly what God had warned him not to do. He had it all, but he miserably failed, and when he did, sin, sickness, and suffering entered the world. Like fine china thrown on the pavement, the perfection of the world shattered. Adam now lived under God’s judgment, and the world groaned in brokenness.

What the world cried out for was a substitute, but not any substitute would do. This substitute needed to be special in every way, so that he would not fail the test as the first Adam had. He had to be perfect in righteousness and mighty in power, or he too would fail. No one on earth could meet the requirements, so God sent the only One who was up to the task, the only One who would not succumb to the pressure and fail the test. God sent the one person whom he knew was qualified to be the second Adam: his Son.

Everything Jesus did, from the first moment of his birth until his ascension to the right hand of his Father, he did as our substitute. What he did in every situation, location, and relationship, he did in our place. Every decision he made, every temptation he faced, every trial or moment of suffering he endured, was on our behalf. But this is vital to understand: he never failed one single test. He faced all the ravages of life in this fallen world without sinning in any way. He was the perfect substitute.

And because Jesus was the perfect substitute, on the cross he made the perfectly acceptable sacrifice, and because he did, he satisfied God’s requirement, and the penalty for our sin was lifted. Jesus, the second Adam, is our first and only hope in life and death. Because of his substitution we are redeemed. God sent One in our place who would do infinitely better than we could ever do, because our salvation depended upon it. The Christmas story is the most glorious stand-in story ever!

For further study: 2 Corinthians 5:17–21

For parents and children:

Central theme: Substitute

Ask you children what they think a substitute is. Talk about substitute teachers and substitutes in sports. Talk about how usually substitutes are not as qualified as the people they’re working in the place of. Then talk about how Jesus was born to be our substitute, to do things for us that we could never do on our own.

Come Let Us Adore Him © 2017 by Paul Tripp Ministries. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Crossway Books, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.

Light of the World

Jesus in Gethsemane

Jesus Prays in Gethsemane, Matthew 26:36-46

36 Then Jesus went with them to a place called Gethsemane, and he said to his disciples, “Sit here, while I go over there and pray.” 37 And taking with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, he began to be sorrowful and troubled. 38 Then he said to them, “My soul is very sorrowful, even to death; remain here, and watch[d] with me.” 39 And going a little farther he fell on his face and prayed, saying, “My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as you will.”

40 And he came to the disciples and found them sleeping. And he said to Peter, “So, could you not watch with me one hour? 41 Watch and pray that you may not enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.” 42 Again, for the second time, he went away and prayed, “My Father, if this cannot pass unless I drink it, your will be done.”

43 And again he came and found them sleeping, for their eyes were heavy. 44 So, leaving them again, he went away and prayed for the third time, saying the same words again.

45 Then he came to the disciples and said to them, “Sleep and take your rest later on. See, the hour is at hand, and the Son of Man is betrayed into the hands of sinners. 46 Rise, let us be going; see, my betrayer is at hand”.       

What do I make of Jesus struggling in the Gethsemane?

What could he have been thinking?  He could have been resisting in the body.  I don’t want this pain.  I must be “godly”.  I am the model for my disciples–what I want them to do, what I want them to be like.

What could he have been feeling in the Garden?  Torn!  The flesh was resisting and His spirit was becoming more intense arousing deep desires and motivation.  

What was He desiring?  To be a model for disciples. To put down evil!  To face down Evil!  

Which desires conflict with one another?  The flesh resists the spirit.  There may have been fear, but the Spirit bolstered resolve and He modeled persistence as no man could.

 

Gratitude, is Thanksgiving!

How to not have or want more but how to BE more because that’s the ultimate goal

Image result for child holding leavesThere are only so many full orbits around the sun, and who makes time to lie in bed and listen to rain thrumming on roofs or to take someone for strawberry ice cream sundaes and linger down at the bridge, the river running underneath like the present running through your hands?

Your time is limited— so don’t limit your life by wanting someone else’s. …  The hands of the clock are bound by the decisions of our hands. And He has made our hands free to be His. …  Smiling at anyone is to awe at the face of God.  …  What if the truth really is that every tremor of kindness here erupts in a miracle elsewhere in the world?  …  Five random acts of kindness in a week can increase happiness for up to three months later.

Get the whole story from simple Ann (profound)

Have a wonderful day!  Have a glorious Thanksgiving if you celebrate it today.  Live a life of Gratitude–that is what giving thanks should lead us to everyday.

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Why Gratitude is Not Enough

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The Names of God

Ephesians 2