The Good News

Discussion of the Best News in the World, the Gospel of Jesus, and related topics

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Ephesians 2

 

 

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Heaven and Hell, Part 2

Evil can be undone, but it cannot ‘develop’ into good.  Time does not heal it.  The spell must be unwound, bit by bit, ‘with backward mutters of dessevering power’–or else not.  It is still ‘either-or’.  If we insist on keeping Hell (or even Earth) we shall not see Heaven: if we accept Heaven we shall not be able to retain even the smallest and most intimate souvenirs of Hell.

I think earth, if chosen instead of Heaven, will turn out to have been, all along, only a region in Hell: and earth, if put second to Heaven, to have been from the beginning a part of Heaven itself.

The Great Divorce Preface, C. S. Lewis

Hell

No! There is no escape!  There is no heaven with a little of hell in it–no plan to retain this or that of the devil in our hearts or our pockets. Out Satan must go, every hair and feather.

— George MacDonald, in The Great Divorce (A Dream)

Breaking You

Tim Keller on Homosexuality

Lectio Divina

Do I want to publish this one from American Bible Society?

Make Something Beautiful

My Train Wreck Conversion

Prosperity in Our Closet

All is from Jimmy Needham.  None is mine.  Too beautiful for me to add to.

A day in your courts is better than a thousand elsewhere. I would rather be a doorkeeper

in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of wickedness. (Psalm 84:10)

We know God is better than all the world offers. But if that’s where our delight in God ends, we’ve stopped short of how far the Bible goes. The staggering claim of the gospel is that God is not just better than anything the world has to offer — God is even better than anything God has to offer.

we have access to a thousand gifts that are breathtakingly wonderful in their own right (Ephesians 1:3): forgiveness of our sins (Isaiah 43:25), relief from God’s wrath (Romans 5:9), escape from hell (Revelation 20:15), heaven forever (Luke 23:43), promise of a new glorified body in a new heaven and new earth (Romans 8:18–24). But for the Christian, these are not what we write home about. Our main gift in the gospel is God. The punch line of our good news is this: You get God!

we have access to a thousand gifts that are breathtakingly wonderful in their own right (Ephesians 1:3): forgiveness of our sins (Isaiah 43:25), relief from God’s wrath (Romans 5:9), escape from hell (Revelation 20:15), heaven forever (Luke 23:43), promise of a new glorified body in a new heaven and new earth (Romans 8:18–24). But for the Christian, these are not what we write home about. Our main gift in the gospel is God. The punch line of our good news is this: You get God!


Christ wants to Give You Christ


Here are two simple questions to help expose the depth of your delight:

1. What do you do when you falter in spiritual disciplines?

 Several years ago, I began to notice something on days when I wouldn’t make time for Bible reading or extended prayer. I was sad. Not because I missed out on time with my heavenly Father, but…my response revealed that I prized my self-righteousness more than my Lord.

 

2. How do you explain the gospel to others?

God Is the Gospel

Four decades ago, recording artist Keith Green said, “If your heart takes more pleasure in reading novels, or watching TV, or going to the movies, or talking to friends, than in just sitting alone with God and embracing him, sharing his cares and his burdens, weeping and rejoicing with him, then how are you going to handle forever and ever in his presence? You’d be bored to tears in heaven if you’re not ecstatic about God now.”

More than a decade ago, John Piper in his book God Is the Gospel put it this way: “Christ did not die to forgive sinners who go on treasuring anything above seeing and savoring God. And the people who would be happy in heaven if Christ were not there, will not be there. The gospel is not a way to get people to heaven; it is a way to get people to God.”

We must have our God, or we truly have nothing.

Jimmy has experienced radical change. Have you?

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CLEAR THE STAGE

Repent in Dust and Ashes

Dust and ashes are the right environment when we have seen the living, holy, all-knowing, all-seeing, Creator of the entire Universe.  Also, when we have seen our wretched selves.

Job:

I KNOW You can DO all things… … and that no purpose of Yours can be thwarted! … I have uttered what I did not understand! … Now by eye sees You; therefore I despise myself, and repent in dust and ashes.

When we get here in this life on this planet, we repent in dust and ashes!