Random Thoughts from Reading (Psalm 119)

October 31, 2007

“Hold me up, and I shall be safe,
And I shall observe Your statutes continually.”
(Psalm 119:117)

What a wonderful truth – if the Lord holds me, I will be safe.  There is nothing that can harm me if I am in his hands.  If I look to him for strength, if I wait on him alone I will do all that he desires.  It is when I rely on myself that I fail – when I try to hold myself up by my own strength.  Read the rest of this entry »


“That your faith may not fail”

October 30, 2007

“Simon, Simon, behold, Satan has demanded permission to sift you like wheat; but I have prayed for you, that your faith may not fail; and you, when once you have turned again, strengthen your brothers.” (Luke 22:31-32)

Jesus speaks these words right before revealing to Peter that he will deny Jesus three times before the rooster crows. How devastating the words must have been to Peter. After following Christ for so long, only to hear his Master tell him that he will deny Him three times. But even in the midst of this dismal prediction, Christ gives Peter assurance. Read the rest of this entry »


Is it God who energizes?

October 26, 2007

No, we’re not talking Star Trek here…

This subject was brought to my attention through a blog called “Energetic Procession” in a post entitled: “St Gregory Palamas on Eunomios and more” the post ending something along these lines: “These things in Scripture are not pointing to who God is but to our synergy in salvation. It tells of our freedom of will because God is unchanging in willing all men to be saved but yet few are chosen.”

I asked a few questions, being that I don’t really know all that much about the Orthodox church – and I was told to read an article by a man named David Bradshaw. I want to focus on that article, and begin to interact with what was said (there are many things said, I am only focusing on one thing in this post). I am spending the time to do this because it is important for me to interact with Scripture and be convinced of what I believe, to grow deeper in my knowledge of God so that I may worship Him more fully and love Him more completely; and looking at other’s differing opinions is one way to do that.

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Random Thoughts from Reading (Jeremiah 33)

October 24, 2007

“Thus says the LORD: ‘If My covenant is not with day and night, and if I have not appointed the ordinances of heaven and earth, then I will cast away the descendants of Jacob and David My servant…” (Jeremiah 33:25-26a)

It is good to remember the faithfulness of God, and that the basis for his promises is not man – but rather himself.  Israel did nothing to gain God’s favor – therefore they can do nothing to ultimately separate themselves from God.  The covenant God made with them is as sure as day and night and as sure as God’s sovereign appointing of the ordinances of heaven and earth! Read the rest of this entry »


Forgiveness

October 23, 2007

“If You, Lord, should mark iniquities, O Lord, who could stand? But there is forgiveness with You, That You may be feared.” (Psalm 130:3-4)

I’ve been thinking about this verse over the past few days, one of my friends even preached on it at an outreach on Sunday. I’ve been thinking about this verse because it brings me to my knees in thanks – it brings me to my knees to beg for mercy, and to beg in sure hope. Read the rest of this entry »


Do we confuse descriptive with prescriptive?

October 19, 2007

“We consider passages on slavery, like those in the OT describing incest, as descriptive rather than prescriptive. That is, a passage instructing a slave to serve their master well is not condoning the system of slavery, but instructing us how to behave if we find ourselves in that situation. And yet, how much of the complementarian view is based on the very same kind of admonition? If, as I am constantly reminded at every Christian men’s event, submission passages imply that God’s design was for men to be above women, why then can we flip that on its head with the slavery passages? Two words … Double. Standard.”

Just some thoughts in response to my friend’s post. This is an important question – and one that is essential to look at Biblically, because we all tend toward our own theological system, we must go back to the Word and get our theology from God, not Calvin (or get our pastoral theology from Jesus not Calvin as one of my professors always says). Read the rest of this entry »


“But the person who acts defiantly…”

October 18, 2007

“And the priest must make atonement for the person who sins unintentionally – when he sins unintentionally before the Lord – to make atonement for him, and he will be forgiven…But the person who acts defiantly, whether native-born or a resident foreigner, insults the Lord. That person must be cut off from among his people. Because he has despised the word of the Lord and has broken his commandment, that person must be completely cut off. His iniquity will be on him.” (Numbers 15:28, 30-31)

Today in chapel we heard a message that had a section on the seriousness of sin. How we so easily make sin no big deal. It is our nature to make little of our sin – we think ourselves as relatively ok in comparison with the other gross “sinners” around us.
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