I want, in the simplest way possible, to answer the question: “How does a man enter into that rest?” and to point out the simple steps that he takes, all included in the one act of surrender and faith. And the first step, I think, is this: that a man learns to say, “I believe, heartily, there is rest in a life of faith.”
When I was younger, I thought God was supposed to make me into a “new man,” or that He had created a new, distinct part of me that was now the good […]
I would put it this way: Holiness is not something you achieve by trying hard to be good for God. It’s something you receive in communion with the Holy Spirit. Where else, really, would we think “holiness” comes from?
God-fearing people discover and share with others the most profound meaning of life in the same challenges that cause the godless to consider ending it all. Life is not viewed as a hedonistic playground of self-actualization, it is an opportunity to transcend mere individualism and move into the eternal purifying and enlivening fire of the love of Christ. It is only in union with Him that our present lives will be eternally meaningful. …[1520 more words]…
How we respond to suffering shows others the meaning and value of life itself. “If there is meaning in life at all, then there must be meaning in suffering.” Modeling this is the blessed response-ability of Christians in suffering.
It is a long journey, but finally the road leads you over the top of one of the hills overlooking you father’s home. You catch a glimpse of him, far away. …you see him turn in your direction, and you see that he has seen you, too.
Job wishes the pain to leave him, and he wishes his friends would leave him. But above and beyond all, he wishes for God to be near him. Because contrary to all his friends, and contrary to Satan, Job is no blasphemer. Job shouts at God louder and fiercer than any atheist… because he desires an answer.
(Part 2)…When Satan insists that Job only loves God for the stuff God gives him, Satan says just as loudly and directly that God is not lovable. That is the heart of Satan’s attack: he aims to prove that God, in and of himself, cannot be loved. [ 750 more words ] …
In The Everlasting Man, G. K. Chesterton calls Job “one of the colossal cornerstones of the world,” and in his brief introduction to the book of Job (read it!), he calls it one of the most interesting […]
Subjective vs Objective Christian Love, & ACLU Leader Resigns After Daughters’ Experience in Restroom
In recent news, ACLU leader Maya Dillard Smith resigned after realizing that her organization was not interested in protecting the rights of all, or of truly assessing the right path forward in […]
You aren’t letting go of the steering wheel: you’re letting go of the steering *will*.
CS Lewis put it this way: “The terrible thing, the almost impossible thing, is to hand over your whole self—all your wishes and precautions—to Christ… The Christian way is different: harder, and easier… Hand over the whole natural self, all the desires which you think innocent as well as the ones you think wicked—the whole outfit. I will give you a new self instead. In fact, I will give you Myself… […]
“There is not in the world a kind of life more sweet and delightful, than that of a continual conversation with God; those only can comprehend it who practice and experience it.” […]
Do you keep having trouble with sin? If you do, does this mean you aren’t saved? If you don’t – are you being honest with yourself? This kind of thinking almost caused me to […]
Just as we received Jesus as Lord (by faith – that is, by depending solely upon His merits and strength), we are to live a life of dependence upon Him. Our faith is not mere intellectual assent, nor is it a “grit-your-teeth-and-try-hard-to-believe” mindset that finds its source in us.