“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love he predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ.”
Think for a second of all the different hats you wear on a consistent basis. What roles define you?
For me, I am Jeff the employee, Jeff the athlete, Jeff the roommate, Jeff the son, Jeff the brother, etc.
Now think out of all the ones you thought of, which one if taken from you would hurt you the most? Which one would affect you if changed? If it’s not the fact that you are a child of God, then… [read more]
Have you ever heard someone say, when you approach them on a spiritual issue that makes them feel defensive, “well, God knows my heart.”
I have used the quote countless times when trying to defer attention from my own sin, and rebellion. In short, I usually say it as a cop out. This got me thinking about how little our “belief” or “theology” is distant and disconnected from our actual life. I mean did Jesus really just die to give us a ticket to heaven?
What about the here and now? Because the truth is, if Jesus doesn’t even affect our daily life, why would we think he would affect our after-life? If we don’t want to live with him every day while on earth, why would we want to live with Him forever?
Because… [read more]
Do you try and minimize God so you can feel comfortable? Do you emphasize certain characteristics of God and downplay others because they are hard to explain or comprehend?
There is a common practice of picking and choosing characteristics of God and putting together a sort of Mr. Potato Head version of God; one that we feel safe around.
Typically this involves an emphasis of love, forgiveness, and grace, while downplaying justice, wrath, and holiness. Too often we approach scripture simply wanting to confirm what we already believe about God, not hungry to learn more about who He is.
This is also a common thread we run into when we talk about the Old Testament. Admittedly, it does have some “hard to swallow”… [read more]