July 29, 2006
July 19, 2006
July 18, 2006
"And -- God help me -- I feel this urge to shush Jonathan, to speak in hushed tones.
That urge immediately produces shame, and I don't act on it... but I continue to feel it. I actually have to fight the urge to drop my voice.
And it starts me thinking again. Jonathan and Josiah, like their older brother Matthew, don't know that they're supposed to feel embarrassed about discussing "spiritual things" in public. They've got no compunctions, no inhibitions whatever. They haven't been shamed into hiding their lights under a bushel."
July 15, 2006
July 10, 2006
"After some reflection on the question(s), I feel content to go ahead and say yes. By the very fact that Christ commands us to go out and indiscriminately declare the good news, we are declaring the love of God for mankind. So, we need not say "God loves you" to still communicate the idea. When the Holy Spirit works in us to go and preach the gospel, the world should know that we are doing so out of a concern for their salvation and well-being. They should implicitly know, at the very least, that God is loving them through us.
God is pleading through us in the gospel call for men to be reconciled to himself by means of Christ. That is a loving act on His part and our part when we join Him in that pleading. Since we are to declare that God has set forth his Son as a sufficient means for the salvation of every man, we are telling them that Christ has died for them. The Apostle Paul, when he first spoke to the Corinthians who were dead in trespasses and sins, said that "Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures." If Christ did not die for all in terms of the sufficiency of his satisfaction, then all do not have warrant to believe. They could only have warrant if they were first sure they were one of the elect, which is hyper-Calvinistic absurdity.
If God wants all men to live and not die according to Ezekiel, then he is declaring that he loves them and wishes them well. If He does that, then we should do the same. Even warning a calloused sinner to turn from their wicked ways and live is a loving act that God would have us do according to his revealed will.
Whether explicitly or implicitly, by some form of communication, we should let people know that God loves them and that Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God, was ordained as a sufficient sacrifice to save them through faith."
The following are pictures of my niece, Maryann. I thought I would use these cute pictures to illustrate stages we might go through in response to God's sweetness and goodness shown to us in common grace (2).
At first, we might receive his sweet gifts with gratitude and joy.
We then begin to sample and enjoy the gifts we are given.
We start to observe some imperfections and problems with the gifts we receive in this life.
Other things may attract our attention and we may get jealous of what others have.
Then we get miserable and discontent with what we have.
Eventually, God cleans us up through faith in Jesus Christ and teaches us to be content with his grace. He then grants us a heavenly hairdo :-)
I admit it. I just wanted to post these cute pictures of Maryann. But, given my blog title, I had to theologize it somehow! hahaha