The severity of God often serves as a backdrop against which His goodness is portrayed. Never have these complex attributes of God coalesced more poignantly than in the cross.
for the most part, our church gatherings feel more like a warm, friendly family gathering at Cracker Barrel than a battle rally. The most dangerous threat the church senses is the leaning tower of communion trays.
When it comes to baseball, we know the player is practicing hitting, even when he strikes out. But when it comes to faith, we sometimes think a slipup is a sign that his heart isn't in it at all.
While CENI alone results in a primitive and immature form of rote religion that may well miss the main point of all scripture and life itself, to eliminate CENI is to adopt a form of lawlessness that leads away from a holy God who has always given instruction, expected diligent study, application of reason, and yes, obedience.
If our goal is merely to stop sinning, we will find that we cannot achieve it. Likely, we will slip deeper and deeper as though mired in quicksand.
SOME PROFESSED CHRISTIANS WILL BOW BEFORE THE LORD FOR THE FIRST TIME IN THE DAY OF JUDGMENT. While our worship need not be a mere public display of emotion and sensationalism, I cannot help but believe that our restrained tradition is lacking something significant.
When man is blessed to gain a glimpse of the glory of God, he cannot help but fall down and worship. Because of the very nature of who He is, we stand in awe; compelled by the immensity of His incomprehensible love, we yield our all.
"For the love of Christ controls us, because we have concluded this: that one has died for all, therefore all have died; and he died for all, that those who live might no longer live for themselves but for him who for their sake died and was raised" 2 Corinthians 5:14,15 God has richly blessed me … Continue reading Jesus meets my deepest need