vacation in the bahamas and theology Wednesday, Mar 14 2007 

bahamas.jpgThis week I am enjoying a wonderful vacation with my family in the Bahamas on the island of Grand Bahama. I plan to do a lot of reading, scuba diving, sailing, and swimming in the ocean, all while enjoying some much needed time away with my dad, mom, brother, and sisters. For books, I brought along Chosen for Life by Sam Storms, The Cross of Christ by John Stott and, of course, my Bible (ESV). So far Chosen for Life has been very good. As someone who just a couple of years ago would have called himself an Armenian Christian (more…)

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Charles Spurgeon’s Testimony Monday, Mar 12 2007 

Reading Sam Storms’ book Chosen for Life I came across a testimony of Charles Spurgeon that sums up a much of what I have experienced over the past two years. Spurgeon writes…

One week-night, when I was sitting in the house of God, I was not thinking much about the preacher’s sermon, for I did not believe it. The thought struck me, “How did you become a Christian?” I sought the Lord. “But how did you come to seek the Lord?” The thought flashed across my mind in a moment- I should not have sought him unless there had been some previous influence in my mind to make me seek Him. I prayed, I thought, but then I asked myself, How came I to pray? I was induced to pray by reading the Scriptures. How came I to read the Scriptures? I did read them, but what led me to do so? Then, in a moment, I saw that God was at the bottom of it all. And that he was the Author of my faith, and so the whole doctrine of grace opened up to me, and from that doctrine I have not departed to this day, and I desire to make this my constant confession, “I ascribe my change wholly to God.”
–Charles Spurgeon, in his Autobiography

The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom Tuesday, Mar 6 2007 

10631067.gifI just finished reading The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom. It is a very well written and powerful first hand account of the torture that Jews and non-Jews alike had to live through in the concentration camps of Nazi Germany during World War II. Corrie and her family were Christians in Holland who had always been ministers of Christ’s love to those around them. They continually opened their home to the poor and needy, at times having as many as eight orphans living with them at once. This love did not change when Nazi Germany took over and occupied Holland in 1940. At the risk of her life, Corrie began work in the underground system helping to move hundreds of Jews from the city to safe houses around the entire country. Eventually Corrie and her family were caught and they were sent to concentration camps. In this book Corrie recounts the tremendous horror that took place in those camps as well as the continually faithfulness of God to preserve and protect her and her sister Betsy.
One specific occasion Corrie wrote about that really impacted me was when she and her sister, Betsy, were at a concentration camp in Germany. They were standing outside, nearly naked, in the middle of the winter. Unclothed and freezing, the thousands of prisoners were standing in line waiting for their name to be called during the 4:30 AM roll call that happened every morning. While they were standing in line, women were literally collapsing from the lack of food, clothing, and extreme winter weather’s impact on their bodies. As if that was not enough, they were also pushed around and beaten by the guards who treated them worse than animals. Standing there, sick and freezing, Betsy said to Corrie that they needed to pray for these poor and sick women. Corrie said she agreed. It wasn’t until later that day that Corrie learned her sister was speaking of the prison guards who were torturing them. Corrie marveled that the amazing grace God had given her sister to love the very people who eventually killed her.
This book is an important book for Christians to read. The Hiding Place is a picture of Christians living out their faith in the most extreme of circumstances and God’s faithfulness through it all.

Humility: True Greatness Friday, Mar 2 2007 

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C.J. Mahaney writes in this great book:

Here’s an essential truth: To learn true humilty, we need more than a redefinition of greatness; we need even more than Jesus’ personal example of humble service. What we need is His death.

Jesus said, “For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” Mark 10:45

Muslim Faith Friday, Nov 3 2006 

Twenty percent of the world is Muslim. 1.5 Billion people. They are the majority of the population in 52 countries. Their faith has been growing especially in post-Christian nations like much of western Europe. They are also a growing force in the United States and have grown to nearly 5% of the population of Boston. This is compared to nearly the same percentage who claim to be born again Christians. It is because of the size, influence, and growing population of Muslims what we need to, more than ever, be able to reach them with the truth of the Gospel of Jesus. We know where we stand, let’s learn where they stand and why.

Above all Earthly Pow’rs Monday, Aug 14 2006 

As I wrote a few days ago, I am currently reading Above all Earthly Pow’rs by David F. Wells. There are a number of thoughts that have stuck with me. I have been thinking about these thoughts of Mr. Wells and how they apply to our lives, how they affect the way we live, and how these facts can be the barriers we come against in others as we live our lives on mission to effect people for Jesus.

above“…those who gaze at the computer screen by day and a television screen by night may feel awkwardly obsolete in church if there is not another screen on which to gaze.” p.23

How much of our lives is dictated by the life at our workplace? How often is our thinking changed from caring about other people to instead caring solely about results the immediate gratification we receive when something gets done correctly and promptly. Are we able to break away from the mindset we have all day, everyday at work and enjoy the opportunity we have to live free?

“The experience of our modernized world leads us to think of it not only as the absence of God, but as it turns out, the absence of human nature. This is no coincidence. The death of God is always followed by the death of the human being.” p.48
We see this reality as we live everyday. And it is sad. But there is hope.