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Has God said? Rest in the promises of God

I have been in and out of wakefulness a lot today. The medicine has helped with the physical pain but is making it hard to think. The pain has surged and wained enough for me to doze for a few minutes before jolting awake. I’m writing this in that state. IMG_0122For a moment today I must confess that I started complaining to God about the pain I am experiencing. Part of me was wondering was it worth the pain I have now to get rid of that abnormal growth. My mind began worrying about paying the bills. My mind began wondering if it was going to improve my knee pain. I for a while was entertaining lies from the pit of Hell, be they inspired by the Devil or a momentary weakness of the flesh. Yet, God in his grace began to remind me of his promises. God promises that “We know that all things work together for good for those who love God, to those who are called according to his purpose.” In God’s grace, I love him. So that means even my pain is going to be worked together with God’s purposes for my good.  Continue Reading →

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Old Testament Theology: Israel’s Gospel

41ykA5KzJjL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_ “Let us imagine that God is like a lion, as the Old Testament says (e.g., Lam 3:10; Hos 5:14; Amos 3:8). Testimony is then like telling people you have met a lion. Preaching is like inviting people to come to meet a lion. Theology is like reflecting on your meeting with a lion. It will involve some distancing, though during the process of reflection the lion may suddenly pop its head round the door. This reflection will be open to conversation with scientists who have read books about lions and people who have watched nature programs on television, whether or not they have met a lion or are sure they exist. Indeed, there are many scientific ways to seek to understand a lion, and many angles from which to do so: there are the angles and the categories of the zoologist, the geographer and the economist. In a parallel way, there are many angles from which to seek to understand the metaphysical lion. There are the angles of the systematic theologian and the philosophical theologian, the New Testament scholar —and the Old Testament scholar. The nature of the beast is such that no one angle and no one set of categories will reveal everything. The conviction of this theologian is that there is insight to be gained by looking at the metaphysical lion from the angle of the Old Testament and focusing resolutely on that. Whether this is so must emerge a posteriori.”

Excerpt From: John Goldingay. “Old Testament Theology: Israel’s Gospel (Vol. 1).” iBooks.

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On knee caps and God’s provision

Below is a letter I sent to my church for prayer. I’d like yours as well. Thanks!
For over a month now I have had pain in my knees and left leg.
Early this month I discovered I had an abnormal growth on my femur when I first got my knees initially checked out. Today my doctor discussed removing the growth on my femur which has been causing pain in my left leg. It became more problematic as I have lost 25 pounds from walking/running and my legs are thinning out. This caused me to start feeling the growth. The doctor believes that removing the growth is wise in that it should remove pain in my left leg and lower the risk of it ever becoming malignant. I scheduled surgery for late in March but they let me know later today that the doctor decided to work this coming Tuesday and wanted to know if I wanted to move my appointment up. So this Tuesday I am going in to surgery to get the growth removed. This is God’s favor!

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Hurt knees are a blessing.

Hurt knees are a blessing. I wasn’t sure until reflecting on it today. One of the verses in the sermon was from 2 Corinthians 12:9.

My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.

I wrote in my journal (cause all the cool kids use journals) that in the passage there is the secret to how Paul lived and prayed. The passage in 2 Corinthians 12 is about prayer, a problem, a prick, a pugnacious adversary,  a plan for this believer’s pain, a plea for deliverance, a purpose, perfect advocate, and a peace that comes from knowing Jesus.  Continue Reading →

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Thoughts on Presidents, Scripture, Law, and Immigration

The confession of a former political hack. According to Definitions.com

“A political hack is a negative term ascribed to a person who is part of the political party apparatus, but whose intentions are more aligned with victory than personal conviction.”

Political policy is genuinely interesting because it is how people legislate morality. All laws are ultimately moral legislation. It is hard to resist being a political hack because there is more to life than winning a political battle but we humans love winning even if it is pyrrhic victory. As a pastor to families and children I have a passion for seeing those two groups taken care of more than seeing my political team “win”. Continue Reading →

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9/11 remembered

I look forward to the day when 9/11 is a memory of a world that was once at war. Key term “once was.” I can still picture watching the second tower collapse after rushing to my dorm to find out what happened after the first tower crashed. No one in my apartment knew as they were playing a video game on our shared TV. We flipped it on and watched the second tower be hit and eventually crash. We all knew that our nation was at war. We just did not know with whom.
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In need of a miracle?

Are you in need of a miracle?

mir·a·cle

noun \ˈmir-i-kəl\

: an unusual or wonderful event that is believed to be caused by the power of God

: a very amazing or unusual event, thing, or achievement

Full Definition of MIRACLE

1 an extraordinary event manifesting divine intervention in human affairs
2 an extremely outstanding or unusual event, thing, or accomplishment

 

G.K. Chesterton, a great Christian author, once said “the most incredible thing about miracles is that they happen.”

How do they happen though? How do I experience a miracle?

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Just as I am? Part 2

Grace becomes cheap for some because even though they were once Beloved (read Part 1) they have chosen if they realize it or not to treat God’s offer of love and grace as cheap. So does everyone that loves other people or things more than God.

Some would argue that if God wants us to change then why does God leave us with selfish desires without a way out?

Who says God does? Continue Reading →