Thursday, December 31, 2020
Wednesday, December 23, 2020
One of the things that I missed most during the pandemic is worshiping side by side with my friends at church. Thankfully, a few of us have had the chance to be together in a smaller group once a week for the last 12 weeks. We have been reading and discussing, J.I. Packer's Knowing God, and I have written about a couple of the chapters in this blog. The content has been inspiring, but I am mostly inspired by the others in my group. They read, prepare and share every week, making each meeting meaningful. But the greatest blessing is knowing that each of us spent some energy that week desiring and working to know God more. I know that He is pleased by that. Thank you Jamie, Julie, Ron, Karen, Mike, Kim, Pam and Caroline. Merry Christmas.
Friday, December 18, 2020
Friday, December 11, 2020
One of the more puzzling traits of God is that He is a jealous guy. Jealousy in today's world is almost always considered a sin, so how can a sinless God also be a jealous God? We think of jealousy as an unwarranted desire for something that isn't ours. Envy is another word describing that feeling. Well, it turns out jealousy hasn't always been used that way. "Jealousy" came from the Greek word "zeal" which meant "to seek, request, desire" and biblically, "tolerating no unfaithfulness". One author described it like this. If you are at a party, and you see someone flirting with your spouse, that feeling of jealousy is like righteous jealousy because you are the only one that has the right to flirt with your spouse. That resembles God's jealousy for us. When He sees us flirting with the world, and not giving Him the attention He deserves, He is jealous, as He is the only one deserving of our attention. I want to do a better job of finding ways to give Him what He deserves.
Friday, December 4, 2020
Our small group from church has been reading and discussing J.I. Packer's "Knowing God". The last few chapters have been dealing with God's judgment and wrath. Many churches these days don't like to talk much about that - many Christians don't either. But, the Bible does, so it makes me want to sit up and pay attention. God created the world and the rules for how it works best. For those that believe this, and don't follow the rules, it makes God angry and his wrath will follow. We don't know exactly what form that will take, but what we do know is that our sin separates us from Him. I think that feels like Hell. Thank God that He allowed his Son to die on the cross as payment for all the times I mess up. Thank God that He loves me despite my sin. Thank God that he forgives me when I ask.