‘Cheer up, you’re worse than you think,’ Rev. Timothy Keller says with a smile. He’s explaining that humans are more weak, more fallen, more warped than they ‘ever dare admit or even believe.’ Then comes the good news: At the same time people are ‘more loved in Christ and more accepted than they could ever imagine or hope.’
Tim Keller is my kind of guy. I’ve come to understand how bad I am. I’ve also come to understand that even for the lowest in society there is hope.
I love Keller’s assessment of all of us regarding to our idolatry.
‘Everyone has a God, everyone has a way of salvation, we just don’t use the term,’ he says. ‘St. Augustine would say: What makes you what you really are is what you love the most.’ Mr. Keller adds that he likes ‘to show secular people that they’re not quite as unreligious as they think. They’re putting their hopes in something, and they’re living for it.’ For ambitious, driven New Yorkers, it’s often a career, he says. ‘I try to tell people: The only reason you’re laying yourself out like this is because you’re not really just working. This is very much your religion.’
If there’s no God, he says in sermons, then everything you do at work will be forgotten, and nothing you can do in your career will earn lasting significance. But if Christianity is true, then ‘every good endeavor,’ he likes to say, no matter how small, ‘can matter forever.’ One tough part for people, he says, is coming under ‘God’s authority,’ because ‘you have to find your identity in Christ, and not in just fulling yourself,’ That ‘completely collides with what the culture is telling people.’
Every other religion has a founder that says: ‘I’ll show you the way to God.’ Only Christianity of all the major world religions has a founder that says: ‘I’m God, come to find you.’ If that’s right, he has to be the superior way to find God. If it’s wrong, he says, then it’s an inferior religion. Not a lot of wiggle room there, even on Christmas.
Good thoughts and wisdom Mr. Keller.
God is not Dead!
Worship with me the Great and the Almighty God who sites on the throne in Heaven right now with the Son of God at the Father’s side interceding for His blessed children.
Here are some great thoughts from a digital magazine for all of us: Relevant Magazine. Check the link below for more on these issues from Tyler Speegle.
1. Your Behavior Affects God’s Love For You.
YOU DON’T HAVE TO TRY TO USE YOUR BEHAVIOR TO EARN GOD’S LOVE. HE LOVES YOU DESPITE YOUR BEHAVIOR.
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What goes into the decision to believe–in Jesus as the Christ–many things. End the end, we all make a significant step of
faith or step in the opposite direction from Jesus.
Here is a quote from Sheldon Vanauken, who studied English Literature at Yale and Oxford. He came to faith in 1951 with some guidance from non other than C. S. Lewis. Read more of this post
Sometimes 1 pictures is worth 1000 words. This is one of those pictures.
What does this picture do for you? Are you sensing Jesus through His Word embracing you as this? Do you want to experience Jesus this way?
I am spending this year, 2013, diving into the Word of God and longing through this experience to sense His work in my heart and life. This has been extreme pleasure and joy. Feel free to comment.
Other blogs you may find interesting:
Names, Titles and Characters of Jesus Christ
Imprisoned in Iran and Lived to Tell About It
The Bible in China: From the banned book during the Cultural Revolution to the best-selling book of the year. Read more of this post
God’s Word: It’s not about rules and what I do. It is about Him and what He is doing. The people in the Bible are not perfect. They are all flawed, just like you and me. So, it is instructive to have a fuller, richer, blessed life. Listen to Sara and experience the Word yourself.
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Mary, the birth mother of Jesus, got it right. When she was confronted with truth and receiving that truth caused faith to exude from her heart. “Be it done to me according to your word” Lord!
I heard this passage dissected tonight and here is my take away. I am sure you have heard, “don’t just stand there, do something” when an apparent emergency presents itself. In following Jesus, really following this man of Galilee, we are challenged to not let the world overpower us with its thinking and approaches. We learn to thoughtfully take what we are presented and pass it through the sieve of Jesus’ philosophy of life. “What would Jesus do?” Jesus just might have us NOT “do something,” but rather “just sit there” and wait for Him to show up. Yes, He calls us to do something, but sometimes doing something is an excuse for not believing in Jesus. Doing something is a cop out to faith. Sometimes we need to wait, to pray, to rely on Jesus and not rely on our own powers. Sometimes the best thing to do is “just site there” and wait.
Look back at Mary’s heart and mentality. “What ever your will is Lord, I am willing to receive you way.” That was Mary’s heart in light of God’s will. Mary’s heart exhibited faith as did her words to the Rather.
May I mimic Mary in 2014. May we all learn from Mary and show more faith in the One giver of faith in 2014.
…in fellowship with one another, like Frog and Toad.
The fellowship among Jesus followers is really meant to be a magical/miracle experience. Please read the beginning of Acts for more information.
Yes, atheism is nothing new. The Apostle Peter spoke to them in one of his letters.
4 As you come to him, a living stone rejected by men
but in the sight of God chosen and precious,
5 you yourselves like living stones are being built up as a spiritual house,
to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices
acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.
This is our calling–to be, become a part of the spiritual house that God is building. We are so honored to be a part of what He is building. We are the priesthood, offering sacrifices within and without, in our hearts and in the communities around us. Read more of this post