He wandered in the wilderness for forty days and forty nights
I have been doing the same for fifty
Now over fifty
Waiting like a child
Waiting like a daughter
Of a God I cannot hear
Whose existence I am beginning to doubt
How can there be any hope in this wilderness?
Just blankness: blank walls, blank sheets, blank pages of my notebook
I try to write, trying to channel, funnel my emotions
But like the desert, everything is bare, it has all dried up
But Jesus had faith, the size of a mustard seed but he still had faith
In God, even in the wilderness
He was tempted and tried and wrestled and cried
But he still had faith
That God would come through for him
Even when faced with death, he chose life
He chose God
Even a mustard seed grows in the desert
All is needed is…
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With everything going on recently, (Charlottesville, North Korea, Barcelona, etc.) I was happy to preach this past weekend on when sin brings you low. This sermon looks at Micah 7 and explores two ways sin brings us low; from the sin around us to the sin within us. It then looks at the answer and the proper response. The MP3 of this sermon can be downloaded at the link below.
To all Christians:
If you have to preface “morality” with “Biblical”, then you aren’t talking about morality; you are talking about moral relativism, context.
The difference is between “car” and “racecar” or “bear” and “polar bear”, “school” and “highschool”.
We all know that what you’re trying to do is say “my prefix makes my morality right, because, well, it’s from God.” What we know that you don’t is that moral principles apply in all contexts; so, “Biblical” morality is either irrelevant to most contexts, or, it simply means it only talks about a limited set of universal moral principles using a certain kind of language, or that its chatter isn’t even about morality and only about commands with no other basis but fiat. What we likewise know is that authority has nothing to do with morality; no commands of any dictator nor consequence of obeying or disobeying them actually makes…
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“When the wicked rise, men hide themselves: but when they perish, the righteous increase.” (KJV).
When the Wicked Rise:
Our nation of Canada – much like our neighbour to the south, the United States – has a righteous heritage. Canada was founded on the principles of the Word of God. It started out as a Christian nation, but we fallen so far from that glorious foundation.
You have heard it said, “The philosophy of the schoolroom in one generation will be the philosophy of government in the next.” What does that mean? Ever since God, the Bible, and prayer were removed from our schools, our nation has been plummeting into darkness. Rape, murder, child abuse, abortion, homosexuality, pornography, divorce, drug use, teen pregnancy and ever-increasing violent crimes are the results of removing the light of God’s Word from our schools and government. All because our nation as a…
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The future is unknown to us. Yet as Christians, we are called to not fear the unknown.
There was a lady named Hannah. One day she went into the place of worship to pray. Hannah was brokenhearted and crying as she prayed, “Lord All-Powerful, I am your servant, but I am miserable! Please let me have a son. I will give him to you for as long as he lives, and his hair will never be cut.” Eli, the priest, was sitting near the door. Since she was praying silently, Eli thought she was drunk. He told her to “sober up”. Hannah answered, “I’m not drunk, and I haven’t been drinking. But I do feel miserable and terribly upset. I’ve been praying all this time, telling the Lord about my problems.” Eli replied, “You may go home now and stop worrying. I’m sure the God of Israel will answer your prayer.” Later, the Lord blessed Hannah with a son, and she named him Samuel. When it was…
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Lord if you hear me
And if you are kind
I could use a little comfort
To ease my mind
I’m happy with progress
And the way that things are
But there’s still a black surface
Resting under the scar
I’m not the same person
Inside and out
Some things are better
Others bring doubt
I ask that you lift me
Up out of this haze
Give my life purpose
And show me your ways
Try this today (or tomorrow, if it’s late already when you’re reading this): Set aside a few extra minutes for your quiet time with God, and bring a pencil and paper, or whatever your favorite note-taking accessories may be. (Those who have spent a lot of time over the years talking with and listening to God will probably tell you that this is a good idea, anyway. You can jot down what God tells you, and record what you talk to God about, so that you can see how He replies later.)
For the first few minutes, though, don’t try to jump into your quiet time. Instead, jot down all of the thoughts that naturally run through your mind. What kinds of things compete for your quiet time?
- Are they chores or responsibilities? Make a list so that you can accomplish them efficiently.
- Are they good ideas? Jot them down…
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“I am speaking the truth in Christ–I am not lying; my conscience bears me witness in the Holy Spirit–that I have great sorrow and unceasing anguish in my heart. For I could wish that I myself were accursed and cut off from Christ for the sake of my brothers, my kinsmen according to the flesh.” (Romans 9:1-3)
Paul confessed that Jewish unbelief in the gospel of Jesus caused him anguish. He wondered how the chosen people could have rejected their own Messiah. He wondered if their rejection meant that somehow God has gone back on His promises, that He has acted contrary to His own nature. But Paul realized that God’s promises were not to national or ethnic Israel, but to the true, spiritual Israel, the Church. Just because a person is born a Jew and is circumcised, this does not mean he is a member of this true Israel…
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