Tuesday, June 20, 2017

To the Christian Rich - It is More Blessed to Give than to Receive

It just is, as the Apostle Paul says when he quotes Jesus (Ac 20:35), which is quite rare. A person is more blessed when he or she keeps less to give more away. This is a unique design within the kingdom of God, along with related realities like dying to live, and losing to gain, and being last to finish first, and serving to attain greatness, etc. Embrace the paradox. Open your hands.

Monday, June 19, 2017

To the Christian Rich - Being Poor is Not a Sin

It just isn't.

Protestant Preaching

"In Protestantism, preaching is not communication of information;
preaching is God meeting with His people through the proclamation of the Word."
Carl Trueman

This is true. Look at Scripture. God has always called His people to gather that He might then speak to them. And He has most often used qualified preachers and teachers as His voice. 

When It's Better to be Wrong

"There's nothing worse than Christians who don't have strong convictions on things. 
I would rather be wrong about something that's important 
than not think that that thing is important in the first place."  
Carl Trueman, during a Mortification of Spin podcast discussing being a theologian of the cross

Long Drive Home

"Well people anymore, they got no staying power. A love you come by easy it'll leave you just the same. You want something bad you gotta bleed a little for it. You gotta look it in the eye you gotta call it out by name."

There's some truth here.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Some Of God's Children Are Not Well, Because of God

"God deals strangely with the saints, contrary to all human wisdom and understanding, to the end that those who fear God are good Christians, may learn to depend on invisible things, and through mortification may be made alive again; for God's Word is a light that shines in a dark place, as all examples of faith show. Esau was accursed, yet it went well with him; he was lord in the land, and priest in the church; but Jacob had to fly, and dwell in poverty in another country. God deals with godly Christians much as with the ungodly, yea, and sometimes far worse. He deals with them even as a house-father with a son and a servant; he whips and beats the son much more and oftener than the servant, yet nevertheless, he gathers for the son a treasure to inherit, while a stubborn and a disobedient servant he beats not with the rod, but thrusts out of doors, and gives him nothing of the inheritance."  -  From Luther's Tabletalk, #77.