November 30, 2007
I was listening to the audio book of the Diary of David Brainerd on my way up to Morgan Hill today and I thought I would share one quote (out of many) that hit me.
It is from his entry on April 26, 1745
“But of late I have seen it my duty to divert myself by all lawful means, that I may be fit, at least some small part of my time, to labor for God. And here is the difference between my present diversions, and those I once pursued, when in a natural state. Then I made a God of my diversions, delighted in them with a neglect of God, and drew my highest satisfaction from them. Now I use them as means to help me in living to God; fixedly delighting in him, and not in them, drawing my highest satisfaction from him. Then they were my all; now they are only means leading to my all. And those things that are the greatest diversion, when pursued with this view, do not tend to hinder, but promote my spirituality; and I see now, more than ever, that they are absolutely necessary.”
Entertainment and leisure is always a difficult subject, at least for myself – and I think there is much room for me to grow in this area of my life. For I fear that too often I find my rest in the world rather than in God, I look to the world to give me respite from my daily activities rather than to God.
How foolish it is for me to think that the world has something better to offer than God, and that I would find any real rest apart from God.
So what does it look like to rest in God and not in the world? What ways have you found useful to rest in God rather than in the world’s entertainment?
You can read this book online at Google Books: The Life and Diary of David Brainerd
November 30, 2007
“Not to us, O Lord, not to us,
But to Your name give glory
Because of Your lovingkindness,
Because of Your truth.” (Psalm 115:1)
It’s raining today in LA, and as I was driving home from seminary I was thinking over some things I have been learning in the past couple of weeks, and thinking about this verse in the psalms. That there is nothing I can boast about, nothing at all, for my salvation is from God, everything that is good in me is of God, not of myself. But as I was thinking, I hit a patch of water on the road and my car hydroplaned for a moment, serving slightly towards the curb. My heart pounded, and afterwards I just though – how right and true it is, that no glory be given to me, for not only can I not claim my service to the Lord my own, but even my life, even my life is in God’s hands. I could be dead, and at any moment still I could die. May I remember this, and join in with the psalmist: “Not to us, O Lord, not to us, but to Your name give glory.”
November 29, 2007
“God said, ‘Let there be light.’ And there was light.”
There has been much debate over whether or not the Bible teaches a literal six day creation or if there is room for a more “figurative” approach to the text. This debate is new, since before Darwin no one ever questioned the literal nature of the “days” mentioned in Genesis. But here is one reason to believe that it was actually six literal days: Read the rest of this entry »
November 28, 2007
“Therefore let those who suffer according to the will of God commit their souls to Him in doing good, as to a faithful Creator.” (1 Peter 4:19)
Truly there is no better thing that for us to commit our souls to God, to entrust our very lives into His care. In the midst of hardship, entrust your soul to God – He will care for you – He is the faithful Creator, He will not fail us.
So often when times get tough, or I get tired of striving, I just forget God and think about all my troubles, I dwell on the hardship, on the difficulty. But I must rather entrust my soul to God and strive after doing what is right – to do what would glorify God, even in the midst of a trial.
“My soul waits in silence for God only; From Him is my salvation. He only is my rock and my salvation, My stronghold; I shall not be greatly shaken.” (Psalm 62:1-2)
November 27, 2007
I’m in the process of writing a paper for my Theology I class on “Does God Repent?” The subject really covers a large amount of Theology, and what one believes about the nature of God’s repentance reveals much about their own understanding of God. But as I was talking about the paper with a friend, we started talking about prayer, and I was reminded through the conversation how sometimes God gives us what we ask for, even though it might hurt us for a short while. Because it will ultimately result in our good-bringing us closer to God. As I studied and wrote last night I came across this quote and thought I would share it: Read the rest of this entry »
November 22, 2007
Happy Thanksgiving everyone!
“A Psalm of David.
Bless the Lord, O my soul, And all that is within me, bless His holy name.
Bless the Lord, O my soul, And forget none of His benefits;
Who pardons all your iniquities, Who heals all your diseases;
Who redeems your life from the pit, Who crowns you with lovingkindness and compassion;
Who satisfies your years with good things, So that your youth is renewed like the eagle.”
November 19, 2007
I was listening to the audio book of the Diary of David Brainard on my way up to Morgan Hill today and I thought I would share one quote (out of many) that hit me.
It is from his entry on April 26, 1745 Read the rest of this entry »
November 17, 2007
“What shall I do with you, O Ephraim? What shall I do with you, O Judah? For your loyalty is like a morning cloud, like dew that disappears in the morning. Therefore I have struck them down by the prophets, I have killed them by the words of my mouth. And my judgments of you are a light shining forth. For I desire loyalty and not sacrifice and the knowledge of God rather than burnt offerings.” (Hosea 6:4-6)
I want to take some time and look at this passage in the book of Hosea – the Lord God is speaking to the nation of Israel as a whole, speaking to Ephraim, the northern kingdom, and Judah, in the south.
God speaks with Israel, asking them, “What shall I do with you?” Everything I have done to bring you to your senses, to bring you back to me have failed – look at your history! Read the rest of this entry »
November 15, 2007
After visiting a Greek Orthodox Church a few weeks ago, I wanted to take the time to work through the liturgy that they used in order to have a clearer understanding of what is believed by those of the Orthodox tradition, as well as interact with their belief with Scripture. So here’s the first installment:
“Remembering our most holy, pure, blessed, and glorious Lady, the Theotokos and ever virgin Mary, with all the saints, let us commit ourselves and one another and our whole life to Christ our God.”
This isn’t about Mary being the theotokos, a transliteration of the Greek term Θεοτόκος which means “one who gives birth to God” – but rather about the “ever virgin” part. Read the rest of this entry »
November 14, 2007
 From eternity O LORD, your word has been firmly fixed in the heavens.
 Your faithfulness has stood firm through all generations.
You established the earth therefore it endures.
 By your decision all things endure today,
Surely all things are your servants.
 If your law had not been my delight,
Then I would have perished in my affliction.
(NOTE: this is a paper I did for my Hebrew Exegesis class – the fourth in a series of five)
The goal of this paper is to explore the various contexts of Psalm 119:89-92 in order to better understand the passage and to give insight into its meaning, as well as to protect against error in exposition. Read the rest of this entry »