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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.
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.
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.
With the possibility of this country being thrown into the control of a Liberal President, a supermajority in the Senate and a majority in the house of Democrats, should I stay up for this (hopefully) once in a lifetime event, or should I plan to take the day after off so I can follow it all?
It’s a good question. Elections don’t happen all that often, and even Sen. Obama himself is suggesting we take election day off. ‘Course they don’t want me to do it, or anyone that doesn’t agree with them. Not really, even if they say that they do.
What do you think? Is this election over? Are you going to vote? And if so, are you going to support a main-line candidate?
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.
Somewhat out of nowhere, Elijah appears on the scene at the court of King Ahab of Israel and promises a drought until he says it will stop. It’s not clear whether King Ahab believes him or not, and yet the next thing we know, Elijah is whisked off to the Brook Cherith to be fed by ravens.
As if this wasn’t enough, Elijah was then taken to a widow and her son. He promises them food that will never run out until the drought does. And he raises the son from the dead.
After some time he returns to fight the prophets of Baal on Mount Caramel, and here’s where things really start to get interesting. He challenges the prophets to see who is the real god—Baal or Yaweh, and the test is a test of bringing fire down from the heavens to light a sacrifice.
When the prophets of Baal cannot accomplish the feat, Elijah ups the ante by having water poured all over the sacrifice before praying and seeing fire come down.
After this, as a light encore, he calls for rain, and it comes.
Isn’t it amazing? You go to multiple people, you get different answers!
As you know, I make money off blogging. I make it in various ways, but I’m no where close to making money exclusively off blogging.
However, I’d like to have a separate account for the thing so I can manage it better.
Every time I try to ask someone how I should go about this, when the good breakpoint is, etc. I get wildly different answers—sometimes from the same person.
You would think that it would benefit banks to actually have a clear answer.
Many Christians that believe in the idea that having faith in God is the only way to get to Heaven also believe in an “Age of Accountability”—or the idea that if a young child dies without accepting Christ as Savior they will get to Heaven because God is merciful and they couldn’t be held accountable.
But for those of you that believe in both this and a Rapture of the church: How does the Rapture apply to children? Will God rapture the children as well?
If not… How can we prepare children for the Tribulation!? Can you think of having to leave them here?
If so… Whose children? Even unsaved parent? How about the unborn?
In Genesis 32, Jacob is headed back home after working for his Uncle Laban for over 14 years. He has his two wives, two maidservants and all of the rest of the servants and children in tow as they had back to Caanan when they get news that his brother Esau is headed out to greet them.
In case you don’t remember, the real reason that Jacob headed out to Uncle Laban’s was not because he heard that he had good looking daughters, but because he had stolen the birth-rite and blessing from his older brother, and Esau had promised to kill him when he saw him.
Split Them Up
Jacob, being the valiant hunter and brave man that he was, decided to send all of his family out in front of him, and he stayed behind. He thought he was alone, and therefore he’d be safe. but he wasn’t quite alone.
The First WWE
God came and wrestled with Jacob (Gen 32:24). This match lasted all night, as neither man would give up. Jacob was blessed by his persistence, even when he was alone. And this was after the “Man” touched the hollow of Jacob’s leg and caused it to come out of socket!
Do we persist, even when we’re the only one?
People like to be in the majority. It doesn’t matter whether it’s a Presidential Election or deciding where to go to eat for lunch, we like people to like us, and we like to have a popular opinion.
Simply because there is a majority does not mean that the majority is right. Do we stand for what’s right, regardless of whether or not it’s popular?