Wisdom For The Internet From The 1940’s

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Wisdom For The Internet From The 1940s

Recently, the pastor of my church spoke from the pulpit of tackling, and finally finishing, the book Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis. This centuries old classic of apologetics is one of the most popular resources of the Christian faith ever written. But I am embarrassed to say that The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe from the Chronicles of Narnia series is the extent of my knowledge of the famed Mr. Lewis.

And you’ll notice that I didn’t even say I read the Narnia series. Just the one book.

I asked my LifeGroup (the small group of church members I meet with for study and fellowship every week) how many of them had read Mere Christianity. Only 1 out of 13. We decided to remedy that and book -club it together. Because I am an aerobics instructor and not a scholar, I am taking it in small chunks. I have completed the Preface so far – feel free to be impressed – and already can’t believe how content written between 1942 and 1944 speaks so exactly to what is going on in the world today!

Proverbs 4: Wisdom Worth Repeating

Wisdom Worth Repeating

By the time I reach Proverbs 4, I’m noticing some repetition.

Don’t forsake wisdom. Acquire it. Keep from evil.

At first glance, I feel like an impatient teenager trying to get out the door as my parent tells me to be careful, to not stay out too late, to be smart, to drive careful.

When it comes to reading the Bible, do I really have the audacity to roll my eyes at God?

The truth is, evil is coming and it doesn’t rest. It is outside the door doing pushups and waiting for the moment to prod at perceived weakness.

It wants to sidle up to me, put its arm around my shoulder and say, “C’mon, I’m not so bad. Trust me” while reaching for my wallet.

It wants to leave me hopeless, helpless and heartless.

Evil is wicked. Evil is dark. Evil is real.

Do I dare twist the doorknob of my life, hurry out the door and ignore the warnings from my Father in Heaven when such an enemy prowls?

The amount of repetition in Proverbs underscores one truth when it comes to combating evil: I NEED GOD’S WORD.

I need His presence. I need his provision. I need His power.

I need to be reminded of what Proverbs 4 contains.

A Christian Response To Tragedy

A Christian Response To Tragedy

What has happened in Paris is terrible. It’s heartbreaking. Anytime evil attempts to prevail and lives are taken, it’s crushing. When these moments take place, people question things. People question God.

We started receiving comments immediately upon the news breaking of terrorism happening in Paris.

  • “Don’t you DARE bring your religion into this. That’s what they did. Religion is RESPONSIBLE for this, ignoramus.”
  • “This is too little to late, God is deaf, or dead.”

We can’t cover every situation when it comes to tragedy within a single blog post, but what we can do, is talk about the Christian response within the face of tragedy. Whether it’s Paris or anything else, followers of Jesus can be sure of their response when these moments happen. Let’s start with the actual problem, followed by 2 responses.

Can I Know God Personally?

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Can I Know God Personally?

Taylor Swift is one of the most popular people on the planet right now. A normal Swiftie (name of Taylor Swift fan) would never expect to personally meet Taylor Swift. Last year one Swiftie invited Taylor to her bridal shower and wedding. Taylor Swift read the invitation and showed up unexpectedly to her bridal shower (I don’t think she even RSVP’d). Taylor found it important to build a relationship and connection with her fans. Interactions like these are great opportunities for people to get to know one another.

Celebrities are not easy people to get to know on a personal level. We know a lot about them due to E, talk show interviews, and more. There is a difference between knowing about somebody and knowing somebody. I have never met Taylor Swift. I know a little bit about her. I know that she was born in 1989. I know that she is a cat lover. I know about some of her past relationships. I know this information based on articles, interviews, and songs. I know some personal things about her, but I really don’t know her. I have never had a conversation or any type of interaction with her. I may have tried to tweet her once, but she has not gotten back to me yet. There is something special about meeting someone and learning more about them.

A couple weeks ago my church went through a series called Explore God. The last question of the series was Can I Know God Personally? A lot of people have heard of God. They know His character and stories. There is a difference between knowing about God and knowing God. Jesus talks in Matthew 7:21-23 about how sometimes it can be hard to understand the difference.

Proverbs 3: What Does Trust Look Like?

What Does Trust Look Like?

Proverbs 3 instructs on how to keep from being a fool. It is also full of conditional statements.

  • Honoring the Lord with your wealth will result in wealth beyond material possessions.
  • Welcoming discipline will allow you to encounter the love of God.
  • Find wisdom and you will gain understanding.
  • Keeping sound wisdom and discretion will result in security.
  • Fearing the Lord and turning away from evil will heal and refresh you

But I find myself coming back to verses 5-6 time and again because I have to constantly remind myself not to lean on my own understanding.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.

It’s difficult not to lean on my own understanding. I’m a mixture of 5 senses, experiences and encounters unique to my own navigation of my life. When presented with new information and challenges, my first involuntary action is to run it through my own filter for understanding.

However, when I lean on my own understanding and don’t consult the wisdom of God, I risk losing the benefits found in eternal guidance.

Scripture on Assurance

Scripture on Assurance

Assurance can be defined as “a positive declaration intended to give confidence; a promise.” There’s no doubt when someone has assurance in something…or in someone, it’s very noticeable. That person seems to come across confident while making their declaration. As followers of Jesus, why do you suppose we struggle with assurance?

We are in a real battle as Christ followers and satan would love nothing more than to destroy our confidence in what Jesus has done. Imagine if the Church were to walk with assurance and confidence at all times…what kind of message would that send to the world? I believe it would be contagious and people would constantly be questioning how we can be so sure of something…of someone.

God doesn’t want His children walking around always questioning if they are saved or not. He’s not a cruel God. The simple fact that He sent Jesus alone to pay the penalty for all our sins proves that He is not a cruel God, but in fact, a loving God. As Christians, we should read the Bible, pray, and know with confidence we are saved…not because of our opinion, but because of what Jesus has done. Walk in confidence today!

Here is what the Bible has to say with scripture on assurance: