Church is not only an event, but a people. Church is definitely not a place, though time and place are essential. In church activities happen, but it’s more, a realm of Being.
Having said that, we go to church (that’s a very biblical phrase, BTW) to give, more than to receive. (More blessed, remember?) We go for our brothers and sisters in Christ, for their edification. We go for God, to meet him in a sacred moment, to glorify, and glory in, him; we go for Christ, to obey and find him.
Church is not a ritual to satisfy a legal demand, but one of many acts of obedience. There, life is found and lived and rejoiced in.
Be there today.
The commandment of Christ appears to be difficult when we consider it from a human point of view. The natural man feels repulsion at selfless service. The unregenerate person finds the will of God a hard thing to do. Those who fulfill their own desires, even if they wear the name of Christ, respond only with great effort to bearing his cross. Continue reading
Demas deserted Paul, “since he loved the present age” 2 Tim 4.10. In his commentary, Wm. Barclay engages in much speculation about what might have happened to Demas. Love for the present age or world comes in many forms. It is opposed to love of the God who rules for all the ages, who is eternal. He who loves the present age hates the age to come. Living in the present age prevents one from living for the next. Whatever form that love of the present age takes, it sucks out of the room all the oxygen of eternal ambition, it crowds out the search for things above, it dampens enthusiasm for spiritual things. Love for the present age puts man in the center and removes God from the throne. The flesh reigns, the spirit dies, and hope in the redemption of Christ becomes but a faint memory.
#Demas #love #eternity #worldliness
After 45-plus years of typing and keyboarding according to the proper system taught back then in the public schools, I learned that this too has a right-handed bias. I had always had a bit of problem reaching the number 6 with the index finger of the right hand. Recently, I tried it — against all True and Proper Doctrine of Typing — with my left hand. Problem solved!
But could I adapt easily to reaching the 6 with my left hand, after all these years of forcing the right? I found I could, after just a short time. Continue reading
I wrote briefly about FBI Director Comey’s statement in which he declined to recommend criminal prosecution of Hillary Clinton over the private email server.
My main interest is about how Christians react to this announcement, now that the U.S. is no longer a country of laws. (In such a country, everyone is equally subject to the law of the land, regardless of their position. That is not now true of the U.S.) I gave three quick points on how Christians ought to react.
How do you as a Christian regard this decision? Does it portend the breakdown of justice in the U.S.? Or is it a mere blip on the greater scene? And how do you see the Christian’s role at this moment?
#USA #politics #world
Not everything is solved by thinking. Sometimes we can think too long or hard. In some ways, the more we think, the more we complicate the simplicity of the Good News. As soon as understanding occurs, action is necessary. Thinking can be an attempt to stall and balk at obedience.
This is not an argument against thinking. We must use the mind — more than we do, usually — to comprehend the truths of God. We must separate human religion from divine revelation. But this is not a hard or protracted process. Once the Word is understood, obedience must soon follow, else the old man rises up to object and obstruct.
#thinking #obedience #simplicity
Here is my reply, slightly revised, to a question on a discussion list. Perhaps it might be useful to someone somewhere.
A person asked about God “working on the heart of all living souls at some point in their life, either through divine intervention or through creational DNA.” God does manifest himself in creation. The universe points to God, Psa 19.1-4. Man is answerable to God for this knowledge, which man generally represses in order to worship idols. So Rom 1. Continue reading