Friday, March 28, 2008
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
Sunday, March 23, 2008
Saturday, March 22, 2008
Thursday, March 20, 2008
Tuesday, March 18, 2008
When our family read this for devotions last night I was angry at the absolute wickedness of Judas coming back to eat Passover with the one he had just sold. I said to my daughter, evidently with more emotion than she was used to, “That is utterly wicked!”
She said, “What is so wicked?” I said: “What if I went out tonight and arranged for a cruel man to kill you on the way to school tomorrow morning? That would be horrible. But then would it not be wicked to high heaven if I came home, after arranging for your murder, and had devotions with you and prayed with you?”
She was shaken.
Small wonder that Jesus said, “It would have been better for that man if he had not been born” (Matthew 26:24).
Let us be shaken this week, again and again.
Monday, March 17, 2008
Saturday, March 15, 2008
Friday, March 14, 2008
Wednesday, March 12, 2008
Saturday, March 8, 2008
Thursday, March 6, 2008
What does it mean to have a relationship with God?
O that all believers would make it a priority to grow in answering that question! That they would join those in church history who have gone deepest in their relationship with God! I'll mention John Owen as one example. He has written a book called Communion with God, which is another old-fashioned way of saying "relationship with God."
What a relationship with God means is that we are receiving communications from God about himself both through his word and through history. He comes to us in Jesus Christ, in his teaching, in his cross, in his apostles, through his word, and he is speaking to us. And his speaking is made vital to us by the present presence of the Holy Spirit who dwells within us. That's half the relationship. He takes the initiative.
We receive his communications and, by the Spirit, are made alive to them. We see them coming—his communications of himself, his character, and his work on our behalf—and we are awakened to them. We are made to admire them, to delight in them, and to be happy, hopeful, and encouraged. Then we return to him—likewise through the word, by the Spirit, and through the name of Jesus Christ—prayers, acts of gratitude, resolutions to fight the fight of faith, and acts of obedience. The result is that our lives are going Godward while his life toward us is coming manward. That's the relationship.
A relationship with God happens most fundamentally by the Spirit through the word. Don't try to run away from the Bible to find a relationship with God in the woods or in some kind of aesthetic encounter with nature or with a great piece of art. Those are all supplementary. Yes, the heavens are telling the glory of God (Psalm 19:1). God does use great art and great poetry to awaken us. But if we don't center on the Bible where he is speaking authoritatively and infallibly, then our relationship will become distorted by error and sin.
So let the Bible be the place where God meets you and speaks to you, and let the Bible be the place where you speak back to him. The relationship is in this communion: him to us, and us to him.
And it happens all throughout the day. We remind ourselves when we get discouraged, "Don't be discouraged, Don't be dismayed, Fear not, I'll be with you wherever you go" (Isaiah 41:10). You remember those words and call them to mind, because they are from a promise in the Bible. Then you say, "Thank you Lord. I will take this next step of obedience." And at that moment a relationship has been enjoyed and a communion has been experienced. And that's how you walk moment by moment with God through this life.
© Desiring God
Wednesday, March 5, 2008
So, here's how it works:
1. Open your library (iTunes, Winamp, Media Player, iPod, etc)
2. Put it on shuffle
3. Press play
4. For every question, type the song that's playing
5. When you go to a new question, press the next button
6. Don't lie and try to pretend you're cool...
7. When you're finished tag some other people to do it!
Opening Credits: Our Great God- Mac Powell
Waking Up: Hosanna- Hillsong
First Day At School: Smooth- Santana and Rob Thomas
Falling In Love: Everybody wants you- Josh Kelley
Fight Song: China Roses- Enya ( looks like I'm doomed whoever I'm fighting)
Breaking Up: Want to - Sugarland
Prom: Revelation Song- Christ for the nations
Life: You are my strength - Hillsong
Mental Breakdown: No one like you- DCB
Driving: Awesome is the Lord Most High- Chris Tomlin
Flashback: Amazing- Josh Kelley
Getting back together: tied down - Colbie Caillat
Wedding:What Child is this- Manaheim Steamroller (Looks like a Christmas Wedding)
Birth of Child: Yasmin The Light- Explosions in the sky
Final Battle:All my love- Charlie Hall
Death Scene: All over the World- Matt Redman
Funeral Song:Unto You- Shane Bernard
End Credits: The Point of no return - Andrew Lloyd Weber
Tuesday, March 4, 2008
So most of you have probably heard about Laminin by now, but just incase you haven't I feel obligated to tell you about probably the coolest revolution ( other than salvation of course) that I have ever experienced. So we all know that our bodies are made up of tons of cells and proteins that hold them together. Well Laminin is a cell adhesion molecule. It holds everything in the human body together. It holds your membranes together. I'm talking like the steel in the concrete on the interstate hold together. And just because our God is God and beyond perfect in all of his ways this is what Laminin looks like (note above picture). I mean how in the world can you see that and not believe in God and Jesus Christ.