My eyes shed streams of tears,
because people do not keep your law Ps 119:136
Now while Paul was waiting for them at Athens,
his spirit was provoked within him as he saw that the city was full of idols. Acts 17:16
Those who know their God have similar reactions to his glory being overlooked by worship of other gods.
About a month ago the pastors were spending some time praying for the lost. I was overcome by what I think was a holy jealousy—I was jealous of those of you who work with people who don’t know Christ. I used to and I loved getting to know them and become friends with them and talk about Christ, the Bible, the church, etc. Now, as a pastor, those opportunities don’t come as easily. So, thank God for the people you work with and help me with my jealousy ‘problem’ by getting to know them and sharing Christ with them!
- Braden -
The ultimate answer to the question, “Who crucified Jesus?” is: God did.
John Piper wrote this in his book Fifty Reasons Why Jesus Came to Die. If you haven’t purchased, read, studied, and applied this valuable resource, do so as fast as you can. If you don’t have the money you can read the book for free here. God has used John Piper to take me deeper into the glories of Calvary through this small book and I trust your experience will be similar to mine.
- Jon -
I came across this quote from C.S. Lewis the other day that affected me and helped me to think about eternal realities more:
It is a serious thing…to remember that the dullest and most uninteresting person you talk to may one day be a creature which, if you saw it now, you would be strongly tempted to worship, or else a horror and a corruption such as you now meet, if at all, only in a nightmare. All day long we are, in some degree, helping each other to one or the other of these destinations. It is in the light of these overwhelming possibilities, it is with the awe and the circumspection proper to them, that we should conduct all our dealings with one another, all friendships, all loves, all play, all politics…It is immortals whom we joke with, work with, marry, snub, exploit—immortal horror or everlasting splendors.
This part particularly stuck out to me: All day long we are, in some degree, helping each other to one or the other of these destinations.
Let’s pray and purpose today to help those around us to the destination of “everlasting splendors.”
- Jon -
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