Wednesday, January 18, 2017

What Is God Like?

Do you have an accurate conception of God? Or is something like this:
"Thank goodness, all the crankiness you read about sometimes in his old books - you know, having the earth swallow people up, raining fire down on cities, that sort of thing - all that seems to have faded in his old age.  Now he's just  a good-natured, low-maintenance friend who's really easy to talk to - especially since he almost never talks back, and when he does, it's usually to tell me through some slightly weird 'sign' that what I want to do regardless is alright by him.  That really is the best kind of friend, ins't it?"  ~ What Is the Gospel, by Greg Gilbert
We need to be certain that our concept of God comes from Scripture, and not our own imagination.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Four Crucial Questions

Romans 1-4 asks and answers four crucial questions that are basic to the Gospel message:

1.  Who made us, and to whom are we accountable?
2.  What is our problem, that is, are we in trouble, and why?
3.  What is God's solution to that problem, that is, how has he acted to save us from it?
4.  How do I come to in included in that salvation, that is, what makes this good news for me?

What are your answers to these questions?  Chapters 1-4 of Romans have the answers.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Finding the Gospel

What's your plan for Bible reading this year?  Hopefully you have one!  A great place to start is the book of Romans.  This book, which is actually a letter, contains a clear, step-by-step expression of  Paul's understanding of the good news.  Romans is the place to start this year if you want to find the Gospel.  And wouldn't that be a good place to begin?

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Immanuel

"Immanuel, God with us in our nature, in our sorrow, in our lifework, in our punishment, in our grave, and now with us, or rather we with Him, in resurrection, ascension, triumph, and Second Advent splendour."  ~ Charles Spurgeon

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

For Our Sakes

"The Lord Jesus Christ was eternally rich, glorious, and exalted; but 'though He was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor' . . . O believer, herein is love!  For your sake the Lord Jesus 'became poor' that He might lift you up into communion with Himself."   ~ Charles Spurgeon

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Can We Do Without the Incarnation?

"...without the incarnation, Christianity isn't even a very good story, and most sadly, it means nothing. 'Be nice to one another' is not a message that can give my life meaning, assure me of love beyond brokenness, and break open the dark doors of death with the key of hope.  The incarnation is an essential part of Jesus-shaped spirituality."  ~ Michael Spencer, Mere Churchianity


Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Christ the Word

My Father, in a world of created changeable things,
Christ and his Word alone remain unshaken.
O to forsake all creatures, to rest as a stone on him the foundation,
to abide in him, be borne up by him!
For all my mercies come through Christ,
who has designed, purchased, promised, effected them.
How sweet it is to be near him, the Lamb,
filled with holy affections!

Read the rest of this meditation, "Christ the Word" in the collection entitled "The Valley of Vision."