Thursday, May 29, 2014
Friday, May 23, 2014
Wednesday, May 21, 2014
Thursday, May 15, 2014
The desire of Joshua was, to see the light of day remain, and the darkness of night prevented, until he had secured his object in the pursuit of his enemy. And this desire he gained through his extraordinary faith. It was a matter of no moment to the faith of Joshua centuries ago, nor is it now, to the faith of the reader, by what natural means such a supernatural effect should be produced.
John Henry Kurtz, The Bible and Astronomy; An Exposition of the Biblical Cosmology, and Its Relations to Natural Science, trans. T. D. Simonton (Philadelphia: Lindsay & Blakiston, 1857), 24.
“I delight to speak about Him, because our holy faith is a reality. The God of the Bible is the same in the second part of the nineteenth century as He was at the beginning. There is no difference between the Living God four thousand years ago and now; no difference between what the blessed Jesus was when on earth and now. Only let us seek to acquaint ourselves with Him; only believe what the Scriptures say about Him; only in child-like simplicity come to the word and believe it, and lay hold on it. Oh how blessed—how blessed! Oh that some of my dear fellow-sinners might be attracted to Jesus this evening!”
http://ref.ly/o/jehvahmagnfd/121328 via the Logos Bible Android app.
Wednesday, May 14, 2014
Tuesday, May 13, 2014
John Henry Kurtz, The Bible and Astronomy; An Exposition of the Biblical Cosmology, and Its Relations to Natural Science, trans. T. D. Simonton (Philadelphia: Lindsay & Blakiston, 1857), 35–36.
Monday, May 12, 2014
Sunday, May 11, 2014
Saturday, May 10, 2014
One of the most classic evidences of this is the slogan used by the Germans in their twentieth-century wars against the Allies. This phrase appeared in their speeches, and I’ve even seen it prominently attached to a soldier’s helmet: “GOTT MIT UNS”—“God with us.”
Germany is not the only modern nation that has justified its actions with this phrase. Study the inaugural addresses of most American presidents, and you will quickly see that frequent reference is made to the Divine Being functioning on our side. It is quite presumptuous to make God a German, an American, or a Britisher. It’s as if we give Him honorary citizenship.
In many ways, this kind of “sloganeering” can end up being the Achilles heel of the Christian. I can rationalize my doing what I want to do by deceiving myself into thinking that God is on my side. This is the ultimate idolatry.
In many ways, this kind of “sloganeering” can end up being the Achilles heel of the Christian. I can rationalize my doing what I want to do by deceiving myself into thinking that God is on my side. This is the ultimate idolatry. What a narrow perspective it brings to life. How self-centered and destructive this can be. When I say that God is on my side, I’m declaring that I am the center of the universe, a very important universe. The very Creator and Sustainer of that universe is mobilized by me to function at my whim. All too much of contemporary Christianity smacks of this provincial egocentricity.
I am told that Abraham Lincoln had another way of looking at this issue during the Civil War when both sides were claiming God’s help. Lincoln anguished, observing how divided his nation had become: “The key issue is not whether God is on my side but whether I am on God’s side.” Do you find yourself as fascinated as I by that very subtle distinction in the use of words which produces a massive difference in one’s self-understanding?
Jr. Huffman John A. and Lloyd J. Ogilvie, Joshua, vol. 6, The Preacher’s Commentary Series (Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Inc, 1986), 154.
Thursday, May 8, 2014
Wednesday, May 7, 2014
Sunday, May 4, 2014
We had a wonderful day rejoicing over God’s financial provision for our church. Here are some pictures and a video from the Mortgage Burning Service.
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