Monday, January 28, 2008

Friday, January 25, 2008

When God Wears You Out

Job 42:1-6 (ESV)

1 Then Job answered the LORD and said:

2 “I know that you can do all things,
and that no purpose of yours can be thwarted.

3 ‘Who is this that hides counsel without knowledge?’
Therefore I have uttered what I did not understand,
things too wonderful for me, which I did not know.

4 ‘Hear, and I will speak;
I will question you, and you make it known to me.’

5 I had heard of you by the hearing of the ear,
but now my eye sees you;

6 therefore I despise myself,
and repent in dust and ashes.”

This has truly been a blessed evening.

We're having a Bible conference at the church I belong to, which started Thursday night and will continue through Sunday morning. And I haven't really cared until tonight, after the services. I came to church in bitterness and rebellion against God, and left filled with mercy and grace in Christ, with I hope more than a little genuine repentance.

That brings me to my point, and I hope this post will not be overly long.

God can and will wear you out.

When you finally get tired of pleading your own will to God, when you finally have enough trying to bargain your will against His, when you finally give up trying to get your way, struggling to move the Divine Hand of mercy and grace away from His channel of blessing, just like Joseph attempted at his father Jacob's blessing of the two boys Ephraim and Manessah, you realize that God can and did wear you out. When you have ground down to the last bone-dry measure of stubbornness, and collapse wearied and spent, you find Him and His will unchanged. Exhausted, drained of stubbornness and rebellion, with no where to go but down on your knees in prayer and up in humble reverence and submission to the One who sits on the throne, Christ Jesus the Lord and Redeemer of His own, the time finally arrives that you humble yourself, quietly submit, and worship Him who alone is Lord and God, who rules in Sovereign Majesty and Eternal Dominion, who sits enthroned, exalted, and eternal in the Heavens, without needing or requesting your permission or recognition of His right to be exactly who He is: Jesus Christ, Lord and God.

Praise God! Hallelujah!!

Saturday, January 19, 2008

Why Christ Offends Men

Why Christ Offends Men
Just an interesting post I stumbled across.

Alcohol: Sinful or Not?

The Bible takes the position that the consumption of alcohol is not sinful, when done righteously without drunkenness.
ISSUE: Does Scripture Permit Us to Drink Alcoholic Beverages?

In the interest of fairness, the entire exchange can be found here:

Friday, January 18, 2008

When Some Baptists Get To Heaven

It's time for a silly rant (well, maybe not, but I just can't help myself).

When some Baptists get to heaven, and find out Heaven doesn't look like a Baptist church, they will start off eternity in a state of shock. They'll look around, and pews, pianos, and people in three-piece suits will be nowhere to be found. And the last straw just may well be legions and legions of angels doing praise and worship, instead of all those nifty old hymns.

I'm making humorous exaggeration, of course. I actually enjoy many hymns. Many could use some speeding up, and maybe some more musical instrumentation. But some of these hymns are beautiful (like "Man of Sorrows"), and will always be cherished in my heart.

Rats. I messed up a good rant. I must be in a better mood than I thought.

*EDIT* I do not believe that angels can, or at least do, sing. Luke 2:13 (ESV) says, "And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying," According to this, the angels at the birth of Jesus were not singing. And to the best of my memory, no angel anywhere in Scripture ever sings.

Saturday, January 05, 2008

Come Out Of The Catholic Church

I read this excellent short article on the Ankerberg Theological Research Institute, titled Come Out Of The Catholic Church. This article briefly explains the profound errors in Catholicism, and is well worth the read. (EDIT: also recommended is Just For Catholics)

Tuesday, January 01, 2008

Chicago Statement on Biblical Inerrancy

The Chicago Statement on Biblical Inerrancy is an important document which is now almost 30 years old. What better way to start out the new year than by reaffirming God's Word. Hopefully you will find this both interesting and helpful.

http://www.spurgeon.org/~phil/creeds/chicago.htm

Others by Google (and no offense to any I didn't include here).