BVOTD (#13): Worship God Like a Baby

Backwards Verse of the Day #13: Luke 10:21. I believe that the Bible teaches that God equips infants to glorify God in their own unique way. We adults are conditioned with certain beliefs and assumptions in our day to day lives that we use to filter out certain possibilities when we observe things. When something strange or unusual occurs, we are much more likely to find a plausible, even scientific explanation for it than to explain it in terms of spirits or supernatural phenomena. Children don’t have these filters. They passively make millions of observations every day which go unexplained until they build up a reservoir of explanations that they build into their psyche. I was thinking of this while reading through Luke, where Jesus makes this cryptic statement: I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that you have hidden these things from the wise and understanding and…

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Why I Love the Resurrection

I love the resurrection. John 20:9 says this concerning the disciples on resurrection morning: “yet they did not understand the Scripture, that he must rise from the dead.” The fact that Jesus must rise from the dead indicates a certain purpose and accomplishment entailed in the necessity. The resurrection points to an overall purpose in the life of Jesus. He was born to die. And he was killed in order to be raised. And he was raised in order to reign forever. His resurrection means something for us, too. Paul says, “if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile and you are still in your sins” (1 Cor 15:17). Furthermore, Paul says in Ephesians 2 regarding Christians these four things: 1. “You were dead.” (vs 1) 2. “But God…made us alive” (5) 3. God “raised us up”(5) 4. God “seated us with him.” (6) As Christians, our story…

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Knowing God’s Will

I was struck recently while reading through 1 and 2 Corinthians with how many times the word conscience appeared in some form or another. It appears 8 times in 1 Corinthians, 3 times in 2 Corinthians, and 6 more times in the 2 books of Timothy and Titus, and 3 times in Romans. But what does it really mean? Conscience, according to Paul, is how we live according to God’s will.

Definition of Retirement

Retirement has taken some shots from certain sectors of evangelical Christianity over the last decade or so, and for good reason. Many retirees use it as an opportunity to no longer produce for the good of society but rather leisurely set the cruise control to “almost dead” and hope for a peaceful transition to the next life. David Bahnsen writes in World Magazine his definition of retirement: Retirement is “a period of financial independence where one’s financial needs are provided for, even if income is no longer being generated.” This is good specificity, because the complaints against retirement are not against leaving a job, but rather wasting one’s financial independence. In his view (which I agree with), retirement is not the issue, but what one does with this new freedom from their job. John Piper urges folks to not waste their retirement. Retirees are some of the best resources that…

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Comments on Revelation 19-22

What a wonderful picture of the worship of God. The voice of the great multitude in 19:6 sounded like the roar of many waters and peals of thunder, and their refrain was simple: “Hallelujah! For the Lord our God the Almighty reigns. Let us rejoice and exult and give him the glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and his Bride has made herself ready; it was granted her to clothe herself with fine linen, bright and pure”. The Bride has clothed herself with “righteous deeds” as the verse indicates. This picture is quite inspiring. God has chosen his Bride, and has redeemed her, but has not yet taken her to the wedding ceremony. Our role as Christians are to make ourselves ready for that day and to clothe and adorn ourselves with the beauty of godly character. John, the apostle, would certainly have had the proper theology…

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Prayer of Meditation on Psalm 139

  Psalm 139. I thank you, Lord, for the truth revealed in Scripture of your omnipresence. You are everywhere and in everything. I suppose there is some truth to the eastern religions that say “god is in the tree” or something like this: you are there in the fact that you are everywhere. Nothing is hidden from you, you know all things and are aware of every hurt. You know every wicked thing we do and you bear it up and you endure it with great patience. All at once you are here with me as I write these words and you are at the bottom of the sea watching the tiny fish swim under rocks. All at this time you are watching the landscape and enjoying the beauty of your own splendid creation from the tops of mountain peaks and you have counted every snowflake that falls on them.…

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