The phrase “leanness into their soul” stood out to me because it seems an appropriate description of the society I see around me. In America, we have more prosperity and less leisure time with which to enjoy it. We have more channels with less worth watching. We have more methods of communication and seemingly less to say.
“Only love for Christ has the power to incapacitate the sturdy love for self that is the bane of every sinner, and only the grace of Christ has the power to produce that love” – Paul David Tripp Tripp goes on to point out that death of self is a prerequisite to fulling loving Christ. Jesus […]
Perhaps my reader cannot relate to this, but I often feel that I am foolish and slow of heart to believe. In fact, I know that I am. Like those travelers to Emmaus, I can feel that God’s plan has been derailed and I can often think that I am the villain that derailed it. It is sometimes difficult to look past my failures to see God.
Jesus referred to an “hour” that was coming in his life and ministry. John Stott writes about what Jesus meant by this.
Miles Stanford quote concerning Christian maturity. Maturity comes through the work of the Cross.
Miles Stanford comments on those who seem spiritually mature but are really wrapped up in self.
In Luke 9:23, we are told to take up our cross daily. Andrew Murray comments on what this means for the believer to take up his cross.
Riots in the Islamic world are intended to defend the prophet’s honor. A blog post at www.thinkingchristian.net triggered some thoughts about how Christians should respond.
I understand that the decline and death of a dog is not a major event in the larger scheme of things. But, our 10 year old golden retriever is having health issues and it is difficult to watch. Compared to the loss of a spouse, parent, sibling or child, this is a very small hurt, but a real one none-the-less.
Our culture has thrown off the bonds of religion in an effort to find freedom. We have broken through the walls of tradition and cultural restraint to find new sources to satisfy our soul hunger. Yet, it seems that many are not finding that satisfaction. Consider this snippet of lyrics from the song “Mr. Jones” by Counting Crows . . .