Category: Gospel

What wisdom has to do with struggles 

It’s In the opening chapter of the Letter of James, in talking about the trials we face, James says: “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given to him” (James 1:5).  
What does wisdom have to do with trials? 

God gives us wisdom to trust in him in the face of trials.

Heaven isn’t going to boring, it’s going to be awesome

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In Randy Alcorn’s wonderful book, “Heaven,” he tells a story of an English minister who was asked by a colleague what he expected after death. The man replied: “Well, if it comes to that, I suppose I shall enter into eternal bliss, but I really wish you wouldn’t bring up such depressing subjects.”

Our views of heaven are too lowly. In life, things often times leave us disappointed.

A movie looks hilarious in the previews….and then you see the movie and realize every funny scene was basically shown in the preview. People rave about a restaurant, and you think it’s just ok. We vote for a politician who we think will fix things, and they disappoint.

The importance of constant gospel focus

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As someone who doesn’t have kids, over the last few years, more and more of my friends have began to have children.

When you have your first kid, you’re a member of a new club. You are a parent. Being a parent is something that becomes part of who you are. Your whole life, you haven’t had kids….but then you leave the hospital, and you have this baby.

I’ve always thought, “Wow. That must be so…weird!”

Your whole life, you haven’t had kids, and then suddenly you have one, and forever.

Jesus: Cross-examined

 

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Photo courtesy of Flickr Creative Commons @Claudio Ungari

We see symbols everyday. Symbols of peace, strength, royalty, and victory.

Within Christianity, there is no greater symbol than the cross, something so obvious that we take it for granted. Something so pervasive, so associated with Christianity that we might not even question it.

But why is the cross the symbol?

Doubtless there could have been other symbols used.