In reading his book Changes that Heal, I ran across this statement by Henry Cloud: “Our failures do not surprise [God]. If they surprise us, it is only because we have too high an opinion of ourselves.” What else can I say? If you are encouraged by this post or would like to make a […]
These verses are on my mind as I write this post: “In my distress I called to the Lord, and he answered me. Deliver me, O Lord, from lying lips, from a deceitful tongue.” Psalm 120:1–2, ESV The psalmist starts with the understanding that his prayer is heard. What is his prayer? His prayer is […]
So, if you are a sinner, welcome to the club. If you feel that you fail more than succeed, welcome to the club. If you know that you don’t have your act together, welcome to the club.
Formalism on the one hand, and rationalism on the other, which are but other names for the leaven of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees, have in every age been the Church’s insidious enemies.
The truth is that I am not strong enough. And it is not my ability to love that will cast out fear. It is a right understanding of who God is and how much he loves me that will take away my fear.
The only problem with this distortion is that in a fallen, broken world, there is a lot of stuff to be angry about. Even as very young children we encounter things that should make us angry.