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Did the Devil Make Me Do It?

Devil 1Ephesians 6:10-20

In Ephesians the Apostle Paul has been telling us about all the great blessings we have in Christ. We have the blessedness of salvation and strength; the blessedness of the New Covenant body of Christ; the blessedness of our high and holy calling seated with Christ in the heavenlies, freedom from sin, hope of harmony in our families and work places. We may think that all this means we will have nothing but joy and gladness in our lives. But Paul would have us know all this does not mean the end of our problems. But rather, because of all God has done for us and all he calls us to – this means war! There is an enemy out there who is literally hell-bent on hindering us and robbing us and defying and defaming our God. Living this glorious Christian life means participating in the glory of the battlefield; it is to fight and do battle in real spiritual warfare. Spiritual warfare is much misunderstood today. Satan is often given too much credit. But what is this battle about?

Is God Really in Control?

ControlWhere is this world going? What does the future hold for the human race? Will there be a future for us? Is history moving toward a goal? Here’s what some of the philosophers say (quoted from Barclay):

G.N. Clark of Cambridge – “There is no secret and no plan in history to be discovered. I do not believe that any future consummation could make sense of all the irrationalities of preceding ages. If it could not explain them, still less could it justify them.”

Andre Maurois – “The universe is indifferent. Who created it? Why are we here on this puny mud-heap spinning in infinite space? I have not the slightest idea, and I am quite convinced that no one has the least idea.”

Shakespeare put it more poetically in the mouth of Macbeth when he said that history is “a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.”

And a bit less poetic is Pink Floyd – “All in all you’re just another brick in the wall.”

If Jesus loves me, why is life so hard?

Jesus1. How Faith Works in Handling Trials (James 1:2-12)

1.1 Counting it joy (James 1 :2-3)

This is one of the hardest things in all of Scripture – how can I possibly have joy when pain and suffering come upon me? And we do meet all kinds of trials – it is not if we face them but when – part of life in a sin-cursed world. But these painful experiences are not random or out of God’s control. In fact, they are tailor-made by God as tests of our faith. Every kind of trial the Christian experiences is designed by God to produce steadfastness. These tests then are not pass/fail type of tests. They are developmental. Like an athlete being tested and tried in the gym, God exercises our spiritual muscles for the development of our faith. Steadfastness has to do with our endurance and perseverance through circumstances that oppose us and present difficulties to us. These are necessary for the development and exercise of our faith. This idea of God testing us in a strengthening and purifying way comes from the Old Testament wisdom literature (Proverbs 17:3; Job 23:10).

What Difference Does the Gospel Make?

Far too many peopleDifference believe that religion and faith are private matters – that the Gospel is received in the heart and there it stays. But the Scripture says that all of life flows out of the heart. Keep your heart with all vigilance, for from it flow the springs of life. Proverbs 4:23. And Jesus said, “For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false witness, slander.” Matthew 15:19

What is truly in the heart will come out through our tongues and fingers and toes. If the Gospel is truly in our hearts, it will come out and affect everything in life – the gospel makes a difference

The Church’s Tolerance in an Intolerant World 2

ToleranceHaving considered the church’s relationship to the world in our previous article, I want us to now get a better understanding of what tolerance really is.

2. The Characteristics of Tolerance

2.1 Tolerance assumes that categories of right and wrong, of truth and error exist. If they do not exist, if everything is a matter of your opinion and of my cultural perspective, then there is nothing to tolerate. You’re you with your set of beliefs and standards; I’m me with mine. Every man is an island.

If this is the case, everything can be accepted, not tolerated. That is, the difference between tolerating something and accepting it has to do with right/wrong and truth/error categories. I cannot accept what I believe to be false or wrong. But I can tolerate people who do because I must love my neighbour.

What do I do when my child won’t listen?

ChildWhat is God’s design for children? Where and how do they fit into His order of things? Our answers to those questions will direct our parenting. We must raise our children according to God’s design for children.

Let’s consider 3 aspects of that design.

As God’s Creation
Your children have been brought into a world that God has created (Genesis 1:1). He owns the world and everything in it (Psalm 24:1). He governs the world as our ultimate authority (Psalm 33).

Parenting must instill awareness of God in the child. Everything must be done and spoken of in reference to Him. One day my son and I were watching the birds eating worms. My comment to him was, “Look at how God feeds the birds.” That is exactly what was happening. We must speak about all things in a way that makes our children aware of the Creator.

The Epistle of James

ducksIt was Sunday morning in Duckland, and all the ducks dutifully came to church, waddling through the doors and down the aisle into their pews where they comfortably squatted. When all were well-settled, and the hymns were sung, the duck minister waddled into his pulpit, opened the Duck Bible and read: “Ducks! You have wings, and with wings you can fly like eagles. You can soar into the sky! Use your wings!” It was a marvellous, elevating duck scripture, and thus all the ducks quacked their assent with a hearty, “Amen!” – and then they plopped down from their pews and waddled home.
-attributed to Soren Kierkegaard