We Christians are an odd bunch. The goal of our lives is to bring glory to God while we are being transformed into the likeness of Jesus Christ. In fact, even the name “Christian” means “Little Christ”. For the Christian, the whole of our identity is found in following after and becoming like Jesus.
But you would never know this by the way that we pray.
You see, Jesus came to earth in order to suffer and die. He came not to be served but to serve and give His life as a ransom for many. He is the Suffering Servant from Isaiah 53. Nothing about His life shouts “Comfort”. This is why He would tell some who wanted to follow, “The foxes have holes and the birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head” (Matthew 8:20).
If you are going to follow Jesus, you must follow by way of the cross. You must deny yourself, take up your cross, and follow Him. This is the truth that the Christian proclaims with his life.
But you would never know this by the way that we pray. (more…)
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In the beginning, the King already reigned
Holy and perfect, He had nothing to gain.
Yet by His sovereign will He chose to create –
To display His glory and show His name as great.
The King gave the command to “Let there be”
And there appeared everything; light, stars, land and sea.
But He wasn’t finished, one more He chose to form.
Molded out of the dust and in His image, Man was born.
The man and his wife walked with God in perfect harmony
Trusting, following, they enjoyed life with the King.
Freely living they had only one rule by which to abide,
“Eat from any tree in the garden but one, or else you will die.” (more…)
Today’s To the Point Book Review takes a look at Kevin DeYoung’s Just Do Something: A Liberating Approach to Finding God’s Will.
Main Point: The will of God isn’t something hidden from us that we must find. God makes moral decision-making clear to us (He doesn’t want you to cheat on your taxes), but does not always tell us what to decide in non-moral decisions (Should I move to Michigan and be a carpenter?). Therefore, we trust that He holds the future and then make a decision after reading His word, consulting others, and praying. (more…)
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Genesis 6 does not allow room for misinterpretation. Things were bad. Mankind was wicked. The world was corrupt. Every intent of the thoughts of man’s heart was only evil continually.
Mankind was so wicked that the Bible says, “The LORD was sorry that He had made man on the earth, and He was grieved in His heart” (Genesis 6:6). Sin and wickedness accrue the wrath of God. And God’s judgment was surely coming, “I will blot out man whom I have created from the face of the land, from man to animals to creeping things and to birds of the sky; for I am sorry that I have made them” (6:7).
The world was about to experience God’s wrath in a mighty way. Everything and everyone would be wiped out. God’s plan was to destroy all flesh and see to it that everything on the earth perish (6:17). There seemed to be no hope. (more…)