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  • Habakkuk – The Destruction of Congregations?

    Posted By on September 14, 2016

    Something to consider: God used less holy nations (according to Habakkuk) such as Assyria and Babylon to destroy God’s people who were less than holy. Today does God use less holy individuals to destroy less than holy congregations?

    Galatians 5:22-23 – Fruit and Nuts

    Posted By on September 13, 2016

    I love pistachios. Every once in a while, in a bag of pistachios, I get one that isn’t partially open. It is so closed I can’t crack it open. So I throw it away. We are like this to God. Our hearts can’t be totally closed. We aren’t useful to God unless He can crack us open. Sometimes “cracking” can be painful to us. But until we are opened to God and grant God access, we are useless – except as a bad example and thrown away. Now you can scriputally call me a nut.

    Genesis 2:20 – We Are Superior Yet Inferior

    Posted By on September 13, 2016

    One of the interesting differences between animals and humans suggests we did not involve from a lower life form to a higher one. Spiders who make webs instinctually are master engineers. Canadian Geese are not “directionally challenged” like some of my relatives. This overall instinctual genius is not found across the board in humans.

    If we did indeed evolved and perfected from these lower life forms then why didn’t their superior qualities evolve with us? How did the superior life form become inferior?

    Jeremiah 44 – Does God Commit Evil?

    Posted By on August 30, 2016

    Does God commit “evil’? Immediately our response as believers is no, because immediately we assign the descriptive modifier “moral evil.” Raah is used frequently in Jeremiah 44 (13x), and in all of Jeremiah (85x). Basically it means “adversity” which admittedly sounds somewhat benign. Only when we see it applied contextually do we see the depth of the adversity.

    When it is moral adversity then it is translated “evil” or “wickedness” (Jer.44:3). In Jeremiah 44:2 it is punitive adversity and so translated as “disaster” or “calamity” which is an act of God. For Jerusalem this adversity is described as “they are a ruin today without an inhabitant in them” (Jeremiah 44:2). God even asks, “Why are you doing such great harm (raah) to yourselves?” The process is people commit adversity, which brings adversity to ourselves both from ourselves and from God.

    As an application, through the punitive adversity we see the true nature of the moral adversity we often are blind to. Discipline then is an opportunity to see what we refuse to see; to receive from God what we have done to God and ourselves. God does not commit “moral evil” but God does bring to us up and personal the true reality of what we have done – evil.

    Hebrews 3:13 – The People Problem Business

    Posted By on August 20, 2016

    Recently a preacher got fired for being scripturally divorced. The congregation was sympathetic to his plight due to his wife leaving him and their children, to join her “lover” in Florida. The elders, however, severed their fellowship with him as a preacher because they were afraid his situation would be a “distraction” to the congregation.

    The point of this daily exhortation (Heb.3:13) is when people need us the most it is true they can become inconvenient to us. However we conveniently forget Jesus didn’t excuse Himself from the cross because it was a distraction to His purpose. Jesus is in the people problem business and so should we be – even when it is an inconvenient distraction. After all, when it comes to problems and people is there any other kind?

    Jeremiah 40 – Rock Bottom Offers

    Posted By on August 20, 2016

    The same offer had been offered and rejected time after time and then again. Years help had been offered; but it required something personally offensive to those whose world was obviously falling apart. Finally, after more than two decades some decided to accept.

    What changed? What was previously offensive but now palatable? What changed was everything. What they needed to do was surrender their will by surrendering to the Babylonians as God commanded. This story of needed surrender could describe way too many awful lives. The people who lost everything and needed to surrender their will were the Jews. During the time of Gedaliah, in Jeremiah 40, he offers the same solution God had preached through Jeremiah but which had been rejected for over 20 years. Now they realize they had no choice. Whether Jewish freedom, drugs, pride, bad marriages, bad habits, quick tempers, sin, and such; it all begins and ends with surrendering to God’s way. Have you?

    Jeremiah 5:22 – As Weak As Sand

    Posted By on August 16, 2016

    What is one of the most powerful God-created sources that is untamed and will always remain untamed? The sea. Considering its strength, what did God choose to control this mighty creation of His? Sand. “Do you not tremble before Me, the One who set the sand as the boundary of the sea, an enduring barrier that it cannot cross? The waves surge, but they cannot prevail. They roar but cannot pass over it” (Jer.5:22). Notice the violent words describing the sea: surge and roar. Then remember what prevails against them: sand. Not towering cliffs of rock bordering every sea and ocean. Sand. What’s the point? God chooses weak things to demonstrate the real power is always God. We find this same principle in 1 Cor.1:27-28: “Instead, God has chosen what is foolish in the world to shame the wise, and God has chosen what is weak in the world to shame the strong. God has chosen what is insignificant and despised in the world – what is viewed as nothing – to bring to nothing what is viewed as something.” The gospel is the sand. We are as the sand, weak and insignificant; but chosen by God to withstand the surging and roaring of Satan’s weapons. Endure, rebuff, and remember God is the true power.

    Matthew 11:19 – The Most Amazing Thing Jesus Ever Did

    Posted By on July 23, 2016

    The most amazing aspect of Jesus’ ministry is not that He loved the sinner while hating the sin; or loved those who hated Him. After all, we shouldn’t really be amazed at anything Divinity can do because God is God. When I am amazed at God I am looking at him through my sinfulness. What amazes me the most about Jesus’ ministry is how many immoral sinners loved Him because He loved them. Understand, Jesus didn’t have the cross – not yet – to say to the sinner, “See how much God loves you!” Jesus just had His life which said, “See how much God loves you!” I want to live that life!

    Is the Bible Boring?

    Posted By on July 13, 2016

    No doubt there are boring parts of the Bible, just like there are boring parts to our lives. But if we find the Bible boring then we have no imagination nor interest in anything mysterious. That is because there is nothing more intriguing, irrational, and irritating than human beings. Which makes this God of ours the most intriguing, somehow rational, and dare we say to our limited minds irritating, and therefore the most mysterious being in or out of the universe. To say it is boring is an insult to our own intelligence.

    Jeremiah 33:5 – God’s Hidden Face

    Posted By on July 13, 2016

    Jeremiah 33:5 – “I have hidden My face from this city because of all their wickedness” Herein might be the true way to view suffering. Bad things happen not because of God causes them (although language is used that way), but because stops protecting His people (language is also used this way). Considering God sends the rain on the righteous and unrighteous, and considering we live in a world cursed by sin, it is appropriate to thank God for His daily protection. Without God’s protection, that’s the real cause of suffering in this world. This world is both a taste of heaven and hell. Hell when God allows the curse its full power and heaven when the curse is kept away.