One thing, one sustaining thing, one live-giving thing the people of God need is to hear words from their God. This one thing we lack.
The, one, primary way God speaks is through His Word, the Word of God: Old and New Testaments.
The passage which has impacted me most over recent years is:
Then Moses and the people of Israel sang this song to the Lord, saying,
“I will sing to the Lord, for he has triumphed gloriously;
the horse and his rider he has thrown into the sea.
2 The Lord is my strength and my song,
and he has become my salvation;
this is my God, and I will praise him,
my father’s God, and I will exalt him.
3 The Lord is a man of war;
the Lord is his name.
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God just reminded me why it was and is so significant to me. I was so faithless–at many points during my life. In fact, though I believed, I didn’t believe. I believed it up to me; that God empowered me and so it was up to me. In some sense, it is up to me. But, I will fail and fail miserably if I don’t look to Him at each step of the way, casting all
my care on Him because He cares–believe it, know it, experience it. That takes a disposition of absolute faith and resolve to lean on Him no matter how tough the road gets ahead. That is hard! It is not easy! BUT, the rewards of being there(having a sense of His presence) IS the journey. It is not getting a job. It is not what I do on the job, i.e., professional accomplishments and recognition, the Christian life is trusting Him at every step. Knowing that He has a plan and that because we are in a battle it can get bloody and messy. However, he is there too, with me. He is with me. If I have Him I have all that I need. He longs for me to trust Him, because He wants relationship with me and He knows that even in the toughest times if I am trusting and looking to Him, I will be acquiring wisdom for our relationship together and for my role in the future. Read more of this post
‘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!
I’d love to be in this bar singing with these people…would you?
They seem to enjoy what they are singing.
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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Pure, undiluted grace is what this post is about. That concept comes from Jesus but, it was highlighted a few years ago by a Jesus follower who put his spin on what Jesus really did in coming to earth, giving to the undeserving, dying for His life of giving and coming back to life to confirm it all true. Read more of this post
All of the Kari Jobe versions of this song just on YouTube are at 6 million views and counting. The Revelation Song comes from Revelation 4 and 5. Revelation 4 and 5 are two of the most beautiful chapters in the Bible on worship. These chapters go to my head and my heart. They help me imagine what worship can be and what it will be one day before the Great High Priest and the Greatest King of the largest Kingdom in the world.
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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