Here is a great poem written by Dietrich Bonhoeffer. He wrote this while he was in Tegel Prison. It is in his new biography written by Eric Metaxas. If you get a chance to read the book, it will be well worth your time. It is incredible!
Who am I? They often tell me
I stepped from my cell’s confinement
Calmly, cheerfully, firmly,
Like a squire from his country-house.
Who am I? They often tell me
I used to speak to my warder
Freely and friendly and clearly,
As though it were mine to command.
Who am I? They also tell me
I bore the days of misfortune
Equally, smilingly, proudly,
Like one accustomed to win.
Am I then really all that which other men tell of?
Or am I only what I myself know of myself
Restless and longing and sick, like a bird in a cage,
Struggling for breath, as though hands were
Compressing my … Read More »
I was just reading a BRILLIANT article by David Powlison called Making All Things New. The article is about bringing joy to the “sexually broken”. If you are about to stop reading because you think this entire post is going in the “sexual broken” direction, keep reading. It is so much more! Here is one of the takeaways.
One of my biggest enemies has been the lack of trusting that God is truly with me. Powlison points this out in a huge way! A game changer way!
To the degree that you remember that your Lord is with you, then what those other voices have to say will sound devious, tawdry, hostile to your welfare. How did they ever sound so appealing?! The contrast, the battle of wills, the battle between good and evil, will be more evident. Your immediate choice – … Read More »
I have been rereading Tim Keller’s Prodigal God…amazing book. It is based on the parable of the prodigal son’s
One of the things he points out, is how we quite quickly look past the “good son” who stayed home and concentrate only on the “bad son” who took his dad’s inheritance and spoiled it on crazy living.
The idea that hit me a bunch today was how the “good son” was trying to control the father by his obedience! What looked like something so good externally was totally hellish. Have you ever been there? “God! I have done so much! Now I deserve…” or “God! I have done so much! Why are you punishing me with…type of suffering.” This heart disposition is idolatry. Idolatry is when we put ANYTHING in front of God.
You see, I have had this problem of trying to … Read More »
Michael Horton wrote a book called Christless Christianity. His opening paragraphs are quite interesting.
What would things look like if Satan really took control of a city? Over a half century ago, Presbyterian minister Donald Grey Barnhouse offered his own scenario in his weekly sermon…If Satan took over Philadelphia, all of the bars would be closed, pornography banished, and pristine streets would be filled with tidy pedestrians who smiled at each other. There would be no swearing. The children would say, “Yes, sir” and “No, ma’am,” and the churches would be full every Sunday…where Christ is not preached.
It is easy to become distracted from Christ as the only hope for sinners…If we are good people who have lost our way but with the proper instructions and motivation can become a better person, we need only a life coach, not a Redeemer.
Barnhouse … Read More »
I have been rereading a book called Heaven by Randy Alcorn. If you have not read it, you should. Here are a few thoughts Alcorn documented of C.S. Lewis.
All your life and unattainable ecstasy has hovered just beyond your grasp of your consciousness. The day is coming when you will wake to find, beyond all hope, that you have attained it, or else, that it was within your reach and you have lost it forever.
I have met no people who fully disbelieved in Hell and also had a living and life-giving belief in Heaven.
The hills and valleys of Heaven will be to those you now experience not as a copy to an original, nor as a substitute is to the genuine article, but as the flower to the root, or the diamond to the coal
I have found that I often … Read More »
Watch out, people, I have been ranting up a storm over at the ol’ moedidde blog. But I’ve been trying to stop blogging about the elections, because I find myself just saying the same things over and over again. Instead, I’ve been plotting a post that Vernon suggested to me–an overview of Sudan’s Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA). In fact, he suggested I do a video blog, which I thought was a fantastic idea! But, my camera that records video was recently loaned to a friend..and I’ve been waiting and waiting to get it back for said video blog. The fact that you’re reading my writing instead of hearing and seeing me now is a clear sign that said friend still has said camera. So there’s an exciting tidbit of my life that has led to my recent stall in blog … Read More »
I know there are a myriad amount of ways to get distracted. I seem to have found many of them. In fact, when I am at my weirdest times I seek out distractions. It is a control problem.
I am using the word distraction as anything or anyone that you allow to take your focus away from Christ.
I am not trying to propose that we should try to cut every person and everything out of our life and somehow this will allow us to be “undistracted”. The problem is this only takes things away, instead of focusing on the Triune God and then trusting that He will show me how to have properly informed relationships, work, hobbies, etc.
I say all of this because I was in a discussion yesterday on Ps. 23. We were talking about “He restores my soul”. We … Read More »
I am reading a book by Gregory Koukl called Tactics. In the first part of the book one of the thoughts he has is towards “loving or reasoning” people into the kingdom. Here are a few of his thoughts…
When people say you can’t argue anyone into the kingdom, they usually have an alternative approach in mind. They might be thinking that a genuine expression of love, kindness, and acceptance, coupled with a simple presentation of the Gospel, is a more biblical approach.
If you are tempted to think this way, let me say something that may shock you: You cannot love someone into the kingdom. It can’t be done. In fact, the simple Gospel itself is not even adequate to do the job.
How do I know? Because many people who were treated with sacrificial love and kindness by Christians never … Read More »
One of the things that Vernon and I noticed during our time in India was the prevalence of suicide. It seemed like almost every building that had a scenic view of the city or access to a rooftop had been closed to the public because someone had used it to commit suicide.
A couple of days ago I ran across an article in the New York Times discussing this very topic. It cites various examples to show the many reasons proposed for the troubling epidemic. Although I wouldn’t describe the story as graphic it does give a detailed account of each of the instances that it references so read at your discretion.
Regardless of whether or not you read the article I hope that you will continue to join us in prayer for India and how God would have His Voice participate in the establishing of His Kingdom there.
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