MInTheGap

Standing in the Gap in a Society that's Warring with God.

Chocolate Candy Crosses

January 31st, 2010 Viewed 965 times

Cross

Picture this: Your father is found guilty of a crime he didn’t commit.  He’s sentenced to death via electric chair and he doesn’t get pardoned.  He dies May 12th, and many people mourn his loss.  Afterward, he is exonerated.  So, every year on May 12th, you have a local confectioner make up a chocolate electric chair that you eat to remember your dad.

Is it just me, or does the idea of having a chocolate candy cross for Easter seem very strange?

Reconciliation is More Important than Worship

January 30th, 2010 Viewed 1400 times
This entry is part 3 of 6 in the series Ye Have Heard It Was Said

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As Christians, we tend to think that the most important thing we can do is to worship God.  In fact, that’s part of the response to the question of “What was I created to do?” where you’re supposed to reply, “To love and worship God forever.”

However, Christ wanted to make a point in the Sermon on the Mount about relationships, and he placed an interesting emphasis.

Freedom and Accountability

January 29th, 2010 Viewed 1038 times, 1 so far today

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Freedom– it’s what this country was founded on, and is what is also slipping away very quickly.  With every move of this current government we are losing freedom.

The problem is that, though everyone may agree on this premise, few will agree on what would restore it.  There are two very different opinions about what way to go in our current government, and they do not seem to be resolvable.

In my opinion, the best way to resolved these problems is to find something that we can agree on (that we wish to be free to practice our differences instead of being forced into doing something we don’t want to do), and find a way to rally enough people to the cause that we could actually get something accomplished.

Thou Shalt Not Kill

January 28th, 2010 Viewed 1392 times
This entry is part 2 of 6 in the series Ye Have Heard It Was Said

Alone amongst the dead

Matthew 5:21-22 states:

Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not kill; and whosoever shall kill shall be in danger of the judgment:  But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire.

Ye Have Heard it was Said…

January 27th, 2010 Viewed 1299 times, 1 so far today
This entry is part 1 of 6 in the series Ye Have Heard It Was Said

Bible and Cross

Jesus was an amazing teacher.  I mean, He was God and all, but when you actually stop to muse some of the things that He said and commanded, it goes a whole lot further than the teachings we generally hear from the pulpit or the Epistles.

Have you ever spent time actually thinking through the Sermon on the Mount—or what it would be like if we actually followed through what what He stated there?

For my next few musings I’m going to take us through some of the “Ye Have Heard it Was Said” of the Sermon and how radical these statements really are, but by way of Introduction (and I encourage you to read Matthew 5-6 again by way of preparation for our study) I want you to think about the type of person Christ wanted us to be.  Think about how the actions that He commended would be received.

Get Rid of the Bums…

January 26th, 2010 Viewed 1575 times, 1 so far today

Office

…Except my guy, because he’s good.

Why is it that we can simultaneous hold that our representatives aren’t doing a good job and believe our local guy isn’t part of the problem?

How can Congress have such a low approval rating, and yet most of the people get elected right back to the same positions they had?

Isn’t it time for term limits, redistricting, or something so that we have different people, or more common people, in office rather than foolishly holding onto the notion that “my guy is ok”?

Job

January 25th, 2010 Viewed 1330 times

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The patience of Job is something of legend.  The stage is set in Job 1, where Satan approaches God to talk about the people down on Earth and God directs his attention to Job.

Satan is quick to tell God that the reason that Job worships him is because God has richly blessed him:

  • Family (7 sons and 3 daughters)
  • He had much cattle

So God decides that to show Satan just how great his servant is, he will let Satan take away all of his possessions.

Christianity and the World

January 24th, 2010 Viewed 1304 times

Church Aisle

The old saying goes that the church is only 10 years behind the world morally/culturally.  That was part of last night’s message looking into “respectable sins”—those sins that Christians commit that are ranked as “not bad” because “everyone does them.”

This is a charge that I’ve heard before, and I have to say that I agree with it.  If you look back through the church’s history you’ll find that the church has changed in its behavior and its standards over many years.

Oh How It Builds

January 23rd, 2010 Viewed 958 times

Light me On

What’s I find interesting is how much we are influenced by what we take in.  Whether it’s the the ideas that we expose ourselves to or the images that we allow in our heads, whatever we choose to feed our brain with, whatever possibilities we consider, we find that we are less open to the opposing ideas.

Hence why the battleground for morality is fought with children, and certain people believe that teaching Christianity to children is akin to child abuse.  It’s because they realize that if a pattern is taught early to look at things from a Biblical perspective, then the proverb rings true—when he is old he will not depart from it.

It’s the power of Deuteronomy 6—bringing up a child to think God’s thoughts—that seems to revolutionary, and so powerful, even for adults.  If we but practice thinking differently, if we but take steps to look away when we should, we’d find that we had power over sin through the Spirit through our desire to please Him.

Never Good Enough

January 22nd, 2010 Viewed 948 times

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A. W. Tozer, in one of his books on Worship, has a shocking statement.  He basically tells his readers that they are worshipping incorrectly—but that it’s ok, because everyone worships incorrectly.

Why?  Because we cannot worship God fully until we are changed out of this sinful body and into a glorified one.

Because no matter how hard we try, we are imperfect.  Our sin nature falls short of perfection, and even though we have accepted Christ as Savior and have been redeemed through His shed blood, we are still at war with the Old Man.  We still have a nature that is imperfect.

It’s frustrating to try to be good, and yet know of its impossibility.  And yet we all know this quite well because of dealings in all areas of life.  Whether it’s relationships or our jobs, we all know that we can never be perfect, no matter how hard we try.

Frustrating, and yet peaceful—knowing that someday this will be made right.

MInTheGap

Standing in the Gap in a Society that's Warring with God.