Thursday, September 18, 2014

OUR AWESOME GOD

The majesty, magnificence, and might of God are far beyond description. No human language has words that are adequate to articulate who He is. He exists beyond the reach of time and space and inhabits eternity. Poets, artists, composers, and authors all attempt to put words and pictures around this awesome God, but even their best efforts fall woefully short. Psalm 148:13 says, “Let them praise the name of God -- it’s the only Name worth praising. His radiance exceeds anything in earth and sky.” (The Message) “His radiance exceeds ANYTHING in earth and sky.” Isn’t that a relief? We praise God because He is bigger than we can understand.

-- Kay Warren in Choose Joy: Because Happiness Isn’t Enough


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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

CHRISTIAN GRIEF

“But we do not want you to be uninformed, brothers and sisters, about those who have died, so that you may not grieve as others do who have no hope” (1 Thess 4:13 NRSV).

When I was a young minister, a person informed me that Christians do not grieve. He said grief showed a lack of faith. He used this verse as his proof text, which he quoted this way: “But we do not want you to be uninformed, brothers and sisters, about those who have died, so that you may not grieve.” It's amazing how we can make the Bible say what we want by stopping where we like. Paul acknowledged that Christians grieve the death of loved ones. However, Christian grief is hope-saturated. It is not the hopeless grief borne by those outside of Christ.

-- Craig Loscalzo


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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

THE PEACE OF CHRIST

"Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts… Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly…" (Colossians 15a, 16a NIV)

Colossians 3:15 could be translated "Let the peace of Christ act as a referee in your hearts…" When a player breaks a rule in a football game, the referee blows his whistle to stop the play and make the necessary adjustments before the game can continue. A lack of peace about either large decisions or daily choices is like a referee blowing a whistle. It means you should stop before you move ahead to find out what's wrong -- to discern why you have this lack of peace, this conflict in your heart or with other people. To do this consistently, ask God to make you aware of your feelings and how you affect others. And be willing to slow down and take note of what God is saying to you.

-- Warren and Ruth Myers in Discovering God's Will


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Monday, September 15, 2014

PATIENT WAITING

Jesus said, "And now I will send the Holy Spirit, just as my Father promised. But stay here in the city until the Holy Spirit comes and fills you with power from heaven." (Luke 24:49 NIV)

A waiting person is a patient person. The word patience means the willingness to stay where we are and live out the situation to the full in the belief that something hidden there will manifest itself to us... Patient people dare to stay where they are. Patient living means to live actively in the present and wait there... nurturing the moment.

-- Henri J.M. Nouwen in an article titled "A Spirituality of Waiting"


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Friday, September 12, 2014

GOOD INFECTION - Part 2

But how is [one] to be united to God? How is it possible for us to be taken into the three-Personal life?

…We are not begotten by God, we are only made by Him: in our natural state we are not [children] of God, only (so to speak) statues. We have not got Zoe or spiritual life: only Bios or biological life which is presently going to run down and die. Now the whole offer which Christianity makes is this: that we can, if we let God have His way, come to share in the life of Christ. If we do, we shall then be sharing a life which was begotten, not made, which always has existed and always will exist. Christ is the Son of God. If we share in this kind of life we also shall be [children] of God. We shall love the Father as He does and the Holy [Spirit] will arise in us. He came to this world and became a man in order to spread to other [human beings] the kind of life He has -- by what I call ‘good infection’. Every Christian is to become a little Christ. The whole purpose of becoming a Christian is simply nothing else.

-- C.S. Lewis in Mere Christianity


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