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Archive for May, 2009

Our greatest struggle

Everybody has struggles. It doesn’t matter who you are, how much money you have, or what you’ve accomplished in life, you have difficulties you must face.

Usually, we think about our struggles in terms of our circumstances. “If this situation would only improve,” we think, “then I’d be relieved of this struggle.”

Surely, our circumstances do affect us, in a big way. But far more important is what’s going on inside us, especially concerning our relationship with God. In fact, it could be said that our greatest struggle is not any particular problem we face – no matter how great it is – but how we are coming to terms with God’s claim on our lives.

This is the message that comes through from the Bible’s story about Jacob’s wresting match with God (Gen.32). Read more…

The King over all

There a few days on the calendar that usually pass by without notice that really deserve recognition. One of these is Ascension Day.

The Day of Ascension is the 40th day after Easter, and it marks the time when Jesus ascended to the right hand of the Father, the position from which He reigns today. As the Bible puts it, “He, having offered one sacrifice for sins for all time, sat down at the right hand of God, waiting from that time onward until His enemies be made a footstool for His feet” (Heb.10:12,13).

This year Ascension Day falls on Thursday, May 21st.

So, why is Ascension Day worthy of recognition? It’s worthy of recognition because it reminds us that there is a King who rules over all things, including all earthly powers. Read more…

Shame

There are many ways that God has made Himself known to us. He has revealed Himself in creation, in His Word, and even within the conscience of every human being.

Another way that it is clear that God is in our midst is through the presence of shame among mankind. This may seem a little surprising, until you give it some thought.

Shame is an experience shared by people in all cultures. Even by those that are not particularly religious. Why is this? It’s because all mankind is made in God’s image, and this fact cannot be escaped.

When we turn to the Bible we find that shame is an important theme.

The Bible tells us that when the first man and woman were created they were naked and unashamed. They had nothing to hide. But when they failed to trust God and disobeyed Him, their shame led them to do what they could to cover themselves.

Throughout the rest of the Bible the theme of shame continues. Read more…

The God who blesses

A prevailing theme given to us in the Bible is that God intends to bring blessing to people. This is a revolutionary thought for those who conceive of God as nothing more than a cosmic killjoy. But it’s true. God created a world of abundance to bring blessing to all mankind.

When God made the first man and woman, it was in His mind to bless them and all their offspring. And to Abraham was given the promise that through him all the families of the earth would be blessed (Gen.12:3).

This promise applies to us even today. After the resurrection of Jesus Christ, it was proclaimed that God had raised up this Servant and sent Him in order to bless (Acts 3:26). And those who belong to Christ are Abraham’s descendants and heirs according to promise (Gal.3:29).

Throughout the Bible – and history – we find that God has been faithful to His promise. He indeed has blessed. And He still intends to bless. Read more…