Why was Jesus male? Why was He born of a woman? The simplistic answer to the second question would be because that is the way that all humans come into the world. […]
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 […]
For Christians, the new birth is our spiritual Independance Day. In union with Christ, we are “dead to sin” and “set free from sin” Romans 6:4, 18), and we have been “released from the law” (Romans 7:6). Why does God set us free? “So that we may serve in the newness of the Spirit.” Our independance from sin and the law are found in dependance on the Spirit. – Happy In/Dependance Day! –
Almost everyone thinks of themselves as more Martha-ish. They say they need to Mary it up more often and just be in Jesus’ presence – but then they continue to hang on to the Martha behaviors of doing by trying to balance the two actions. “God’s part and my part” or “God-and” as AW Tozer calls it: “The evil habit of seeking ‘God-and’ effectively prevents us from finding God in full revelation…” …[250 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.