Posts made in September, 2017

Psalm 83: Big

Posted by on Sep 25, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

Everywhere I look, the tide is changing. The moral and spiritual boundaries of our culture have shifted so as to promote decadence, not restrain it. The champions of tolerance are intolerant of truth and of those who strive to preserve it. Growing contempt for and opposition to Christ-followers cannot be denied.

Where once there was appreciation for the light of God’s word and people, there is now aggravation. “And this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil.” (John 3:19, ESV)

The enemies of the gospel loom large … their voice is loud, their influence far-reaching, their threats as ominous as an impending storm …

But thankfully, the God of the gospel is bigger.

I need Him to be big; bigger than I or my adversaries could ever be. I need Him to stem the tide, contain the cultural erosion and calm the storm. If not, I need God to be big in me, full of enough strength that I can faithfully endure every bit of the hostility that billows around me and any who name the name of Christ.

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Psalm 82: Elevate

Posted by on Sep 7, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

Words and deeds lay dormant in us, awaiting our command. Will they be dispatched with kind intentions? Or to keep others under the weight of weakness.

What power we have! Yes, we are all fragile, mortal, and finite in every way; but endowed with immense potential for influence in each other’s lives. And certainly, some have more ability than others. Those of worldly privilege can easily wreck or relieve the lives of those less fortunate.

Is there a more beautiful display of raw power than when it is exercised on behalf of the powerless? We’re inspired by any who endeavor to use their high position to esteem and elevate the downtrodden, instead of trampling them into further misery.

What might inspire benevolence in the hearts of those able to extend it? Ideally, empathy and compassion would govern the intentions of potential benefactors. But where that is lacking, the greatest among us should remember there is still One greater … One who brings good news to the poor; binds up the brokenhearted; proclaims liberty to captives and comfort to all who mourn (Isaiah 61:1-2)

It is to Him we will all answer … He who has no peer, no equal. He who is the origin of power and the One who entrusts it to earthly stewards, expecting they will use it with the kindest of intent.

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