Month: September 2020

Trip Lee: Churches Must Fight for Racial Reconciliation | Facts & Trends

For Trip Lee, the church must not allow this moment to slip away without engaging in what he says are necessary conversations about race, racism, and what it means for the church to respond. Read More »

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God Always Acts Like Himself


Exalt the Lord our God, and worship at his holy hill; for the Lord our God is holy.

—Psalm 99:9

God always acts like Himself wherever He may be and whatever He may be doing. When God became flesh and dwelt among us He did not cease to act as He had been acting from eternity. “He veiled His deity but He did not void it.” The ancient name dimmed down to spare the helpless eyes of mortal men, but as much as was seen was true fire.

Christ restrained His powers but He did not violate His holiness. In whatsoever He did He was holy, harmless, separate from sinners and higher than the highest heaven.

Just as in eternity God acted like Himself and when incarnated in human flesh still continued in all His conduct to be true to His holiness, so does He when He enters the nature…

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“Our God is in the heavens.”


Psalm 115

The mournfully ludicrous picture of idol-worship afforded by our two last readings, leads us to adore and worship the one only living and true God, who has revealed himself to us as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, our God in covenant, whom alone we reverence. Let us read the devout song of the Jewish church contained in

Psalm 115:1

When in trouble, we can find no plea for help in ourselves, but must be humbled, and appeal only to the mercy and faithfulness of God.

Psalm 115:2

Saints draw arguments from the blasphemies of their enemies, and these are prevalent with God.

Psalm 115:3

However much the ungodly may rage, God sits upon the throne, they cannot thrust him from the seat of power; and, moreover, amid all their riot the Lord achieves his purposes, and in every jot and tittle his decrees are fulfilled. Sweet comfort this.

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The Only True God


“For they themselves shew of us what manner of entering in we had unto you, and how ye turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God.” (1 Thessalonians 1:9)

There are “gods many, and lords many” (1 Corinthians 8:5) in today’s world, just as there were in the ancient pagan world. In fact, the worship of many of these ancient deities is being revived in various dark corners of the so-called “New Age” movement today. Idol worship can also involve adulation of men and women—such as music idols, professional athletes, and movie idols, not to mention the humanistic worship of such political/religious leaders as Lenin, Mao, Hitler, Khomeini, and an increasing assortment of gurus and false prophets.

There is, however, only one true God, the God who created all things. “To us there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we…

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Turning from Idols to Find True Happiness in God


In the first chapters of Genesis, God had no competition for the affection of His creatures. Humanity found its meaning, purpose, and happiness in God. God was God; everything else wasn’t. And everyone knew it. The fall tragically changed that.

We turned from God, the one true source of happiness, to false gods of every imaginable description. False gods are anything we praise, celebrate, fixate on, and look to for help that’s not the true God. One term describes and unites them all—idols. To grasp a biblical theology of happiness, we must understand the nature and extent of our constant temptations toward idolatry.

Because we all sinned in Adam (see Rom. 5:12-14), we all became idolaters in Adam. Idolatry is woven into our very nature. John Calvin said, “The human heart is a factory of idols. Every one of us is, from his mother’s womb, expert in inventing idols.”1

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Vibrant with the living Jesus

Free Gas For Your Think Tank (A blog to jog your mind and unclog your heart . . .)

When Jesus introducedHimself to me, it wasn’t about theology.He made my blind eyes see.Church, without the actual presence of the risen Jesus, is like licking a picture of an ice cream cone.

There’s no reason for awe and heart-felt appreciation to be rare in life. The living Jesus can make every moment inspiring. Pure joy isn’t logical. It’s spiritual–an inner gift from the living God.

The boundaries of reality are not our five senses (or even scientific equipment). There is much that can only be perceived within.

I like to think about Jesus, but mostly I like to feel His presence with all of my being. “Christ in you, the hope of glory.”When my heart melts and swoons in the presence of the risen Jesus, I’m overcome with indescribable peace, and joy.When I focus my heart on the living Jesus, He makes me tingle with…

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Supernatural combo — the living Jesus & the Bible

Free Gas For Your Think Tank (A blog to jog your mind and unclog your heart . . .)

Christ-followers are called to be led by the Spirit and surrendered to the rule (kingdom) of God.When Jesus is more than religions information and becomes within you, living animation, you experience supernatural transformation.

Christians are called to live and function by the power of “Christ in you,” not by our own power or ability.Church trains people to look for power in a program, a sermon, a liturgy, and even in hype. But real power comes from the living Jesus. The Bible acknowledged and preached, but never read, leaves church attendance pretty dead.

Untold millions of people have found healing, comfort, and strength thru reading the Bible with a humble heart. I’m one of them. When I read the Bible with an open heart, insights & inspiration jump off it’s pages.When I read the Bible my eyes don’t just scan ancient words. Instead I hear a living voice…

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