Sunday, December 25, 2016

Shining Like Stars

Philippians chapter 2 is one of the most practical and profound passages in the New Testament. In verse 5 of the chapter Paul begins an eloquent description of the birth of Jesus. Incarnation is the technical term for the event of God becoming a man. Incarnation, simply, means "in flesh", and Jesus is indeed God in human flesh. In this passage we learn a bit about the process of God, becoming a servant, a human being and ultimately becoming a criminal crucified unjustly. The incarnation, as Paul describes it includes all of those moments. The cross is as much a part of God becoming a man as the manger. This is a great passage to teach from during Christmas season. The point of all the theology, though, is Paul wants to encourage his dear friends (verse 12) to adopt that same attitude as Jesus - the mind of Christ. The attitude of humility that Jesus demonstrated by becoming one of us. 

Saturday, October 8, 2016

The Grand Scheme of Things

Jesus took the wheel
Jesus Took The Wheel....
   This morning I spent a few hours fully awake, tossing and turning in my bed struggling with the idea that God has a plan for my life. On the K-love radio station, they were talking about "trusting God", "God has a plan", and telling people how many people will be blessed by their ministry.

So, that got me to thinking. If K-love actually believes people should "Trust God" and give, then why do they have to have a fund raiser every 6 months? Why don't they just "Trust God". It is sort of a contradiction, "Hey buddy, trust God and support me. God will take care of you." I just don't like the premise that giving is an act of trusting God. Which brings me to my main point. Is God trustworthy? To be trustworthy a person has to be faithful, truly faithful. I think back over my life and honestly, I can't tell you when God was actually faithful. Sorry. There are a lot of good things in my life, I am certainly "blessed" with a profoundly faithful and patient wife. My daughters are truly blessed in every way, and I can see that God does seem faithful in their lives. My daughter's and I have prayed at times about things that concern them and amazingly God has seemed to answer their prayers.