Destined for Tribulations

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“I, John, your brother and partner in the tribulation[1] and the kingdom and the patient endurance that are in Jesus, was on the island called Patmos on account of the word of God and the testimony of Jesus.”

This is how John begins relating the revelations he received that are preserved in the Book of Revelation, the last book of the New Testament. Sometimes we read over things quickly that other times will stick out. This verse sticks out today, perhaps, because we have a good friend who is fighting cancer. Today is also the 15th anniversary of 9/11.

I recently wrote about the charge from atheists that people have faith in God because of wishful thinking. Nothing could be more wishful. True faith is forged only in tribulation. Continue reading “Destined for Tribulations”

From There… God Changes Us

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“But from there you will[1] seek[2][3] the LORD your God and you will find[4] him, if you search[5] after[6] him with all your heart and with all your soul[7].” (Deut. 4:29) From where? What is this verse speaking about? Continue reading “From There… God Changes Us”

Cross Purposes

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“Your will[i] be done[ii]….” (Matt. 6:10). This statement that is part of the way Jesus taught us to pray is not just a onetime proclamation, but an ongoing imperative cry for an emerging and growing reality in the life of the believer and in the world. Continue reading “Cross Purposes”

Hallowed is Your Name

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“[H]allowed is Your name!”[i] (Matt. 6: 9) follows the address to “our Father who is in heaven” in the only prayer that Jesus taught His disciples to say. After addressing the Father, Jesus taught us to praise Him. He is deserving of all our praise! Continue reading “Hallowed is Your Name”

Fear of the Lord is the Beginning

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“The fear of the Lord is the beginning[i] of wisdom[ii]….” is a statement in Proverbs that seems as old and worn in this modern age as it is familiar. (Prov. 9:10) We tend to gloss over the statement as if it were a simplistic notion from a different time in human history, like an obsolete tool that has little present use or a crude instrument that causes more damage than the good it was once thought to produce. We tend to think that we now know better than to consider fear to be helpful in these enlightened times.

But do we? Continue reading “Fear of the Lord is the Beginning”

As the Ground Receives the Rain

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“For it is God who works in you….” (Phil. 2:13)

When we think in terms of being obedient to God and living for God, we tend to think about results. Results are achievement oriented. Our whole world in Western society is ordered that way. It’s no wonder that we think in those terms about our spiritual lives.

The results we recall tend to be the accomplishments we have achieved.

God’s perspective is wholly different than ours. He doesn’t consider what we have accomplished, but what HE has been allowed to accomplish in us. We are participants in that accomplishment, but only as the ground receives the rain that falls upon it. Continue reading “As the Ground Receives the Rain”

God Has No Grandchildren

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“God has no grandchildren” is a statement provided “for further reflection” found in The Discovery Bible[i]. Sure, we are invited to call God our Father (Matt. 6:9).

“I will be your Father, and you will be my sons and daughters, says the Lord….” (2 Cor. 6:18)

But why not grandfather? Why should God not have grandchildren? Continue reading “God Has No Grandchildren”