Daily Devotional – Christians Love Politics More than Jesus

Psalms 7:11 (ESV)

11 God is a righteous judge,

and a God who feels indignation every day.

It seems like the social media sites are blowing up with indignation over the current state of affairs in American politics. Even though the volleys are short tweets or status updates you can feel the emotion behind the impassioned pleas of their authors for justice and equity in the political realm. Sadly, I rarely see or demonstrate this kind of passion for God. I don’t know if we are so corrupted by sin or we just don’t believe what we say we believe, but it seems most Christians I know can go on and on about politics, sports, entertainment, gossip and so many other things but rarely show the same enthusiasm for the Lord. It makes me question my faith honestly. Look at today’s verse. God feels indignation every day. Every day. I wonder if that indignation springs from the passionless apathy of those who profess to follow Him demonstrate. Obviously, I am thankful for grace, but should grace excuse me from a vibrant passionate pursuing and making much of God? Shouldn’t I at least be somewhat mindful and declarative of God and what He has done for me. I’m feeling convicted. It is easy to rant, yet hard to do something about it. I think we should try.

Father, thank you for your love and grace. Thank you Lord Jesus that by your sacrifice you have given us a way to be reconciled to God. Forgive us our passionless pursuit of you Father, while we passionately pursue other things. Help us. In Jesus name, Amen.

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7/23 – bits and pieces

Solomon’s Porch – My friend and pastor, Jeremy Mack, has launched a new blog. Check out his initial post on spiritual leadership.

Why I am/not a charismatic – This is a series I stumbled on at the Pen and Parchment blog. It is a conversation between two friends who live on opposite sides of this issue. Engaging discussion so far.

Free Audio Book – The month is almost over so don’t forget to get the free audio book from Christian audio. This month they are giving away The Millennials by Thom and Jess Rainer.

Father and Son – I stumbled across this link on Tim Challies blog. It is a really neat picture of a father and son who attended the first space shuttle launch and also the last one. They staged a picture at the last one to mimic a picture from the first one. It’s pretty cool.

 

Daily Devotional – Know Peace

Colossians 1:19-20

19 For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, 20 and
through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in
heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross.

I used to have a t-shirt in the 90s that read “NO JESUS, NO PEACE,
KNOW JESUS, KNOW PEACE”. It was and is a suble reminder that true
peace only comes from being in relationship with God through Jesus.
Peace is a word that is bandied around a lot, but for the Christian
peace really should be one of the key ideas to meditate and think on.
The story of our faith is a story of a great conflict that exists
between God and man. We and God are two opposing forces unreconciled.
Ironically, one side of this conflict has the ability to crush the
other side out of existence. Even more ironic is the weaker side
thinks they have have the ability to deny that the greater side even
exists. Yet, in all this irony, there is peace. There is peace because
God our great Father chose to reconcile us back to himself. He did it
through sacrifice. He did it by offering up the life of His son Jesus
so that God himself would no longer have to view man in conflict.

How do you view God? Do you see God as a great enemy of man? Do you
see Him as an eternal punisher who will bust you down if you do wrong?
If so, you don’t see Him through Jesus, and until you do see Him
through Jesus, you will never know peace.

Father, our great God in Heaven! Thank you that you do not war
against us. Thank you for forgiving our arrogance and our self-pride
and making peace through the offering of your Son. Father help us
understand your love and empower us to be peacemakers in the way you
are. Thank you Lord Jesus for your sacrifice and love. We offer you
praise. Amen.

Daily Devotional – Convincers or Proclaimers?

1 Corinthians 1:21

21 For since, in the wisdom of God, the world did not know God through wisdom, it pleased God through the folly of what we preach to save those who believe.

Almost everyday I look at the WordPress.com articles tagged with the Christianity tag. It is a great way to find other blogs written about the faith. What is interesting is that many times atheist bloggers will tag their blog with the Christianity tag which makes these blogs show up in the search result also. I find myself fascinated reading these and realizing how dependent the atheist writers are on their own wisdom. Almost every article is predicated in the idea that Christianity is illogical or inconsistent or that faith is stupid and simpleminded. I am assuming that maybe the intellectuals in Paul’s day had the same the same issues with Christianity. Reading today’s verse we see how the scripture addresses this very question of man’s ability to intellectually grasp God. Notice the verse plainly says that the “the world did not know God through wisdom”. It goes on to say that most folks analyzing the faith using human logic will find it foolish. I honestly think it is a failure on the part of the Christian when he transitions from proclaiming to convincing. The scripture is clear; no intellectual argument is going convert the unsaved, it is only the power of the Spirit through the proclamation of the Gospel that saves souls. I am challenged somewhat to spend a little less time brushing up on my apologetics and little more time investing in people who desperately need to hear the Gospel proclaimed.

Father, thank you for your love and your reconciliation. Thank you for the Kingdom. Help us be proclaimers and not convincers. Remind us that your ways are not man’s ways and for us to assume that in our wisdom we can understand you is folly. Guide us by your Spirit and give us boldness to proclaim the Gospel wherever we may be. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Check out the WordPress.com blogs tagged Christianity here.

Saturday Morning Poll – Do You Believe in Heaven and Hell

Hell has been a hot topic lately. No pun intended 🙂 ! Here is a pretty good video that sums up the current debate on the topic in evangelical Chrisitianity. There is a poll below. Let me know what you think!

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The Poll:

 

Pray the Word

Sometimes I am at a complete loss for what to pray. The cool thing is the Bible is a rich well, full of examples of prayers to God. Here is a great prayer from the Psalms dealing with sin:

Psalm 19:12–14 (ESV)

12Who can discern his errors?

Declare me innocent from hidden faults.

13Keep back your servant also from presumptuous sins;

let them not have dominion over me!

Then I shall be blameless,

and innocent of great transgression.

14Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart

be acceptable in your sight,

O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.

So when you get stuck or you feel stale in your prayer life, spend some time reading the Word and incorporate it into your communication with the Father. Pray the Word!

Father, thank you for another day. Thank you for your Word and the opportunity to worship you and commune with you in prayer. Remind us of your love for us and of the adoption we have into your family through your Son. Thank you for your many blessings. In Jesus name, Amen.