In our devotions so far, we have examined the meaning and importance of the words our heavenly Father. They describe the Divine Person we pray to and hint at his character and absolute power. We pray to such a God because he is willing and able to answer us. But what should we ask for first? Too often, we begin our prayers with a perfunctory nod to God and then immediately get down to more important business, namely, ourselves. Such prayers are exercises in sinfulness. In order to experience God through prayer and develop a mature spirituality, we must get … Continue reading Day 14: Focus on God’s Powerful Love for You
God is our heavenly Father. He created us, saved us, and provides for our needs. So, when we pray, we ought to remember and give thanks for his powerful love. Unfortunately, we do not always feel God’s love. Sometimes, we feel that God is ignoring or neglecting us. When we are anxious about our material needs or disconsolate about our spiritual condition, we want to feel God’s reassuring hand and hear his soothing voice. But we don’t. What should we do? First, we should remember that feelings are not reliable guides to reality. In high school, I competed in a … Continue reading Day 13: Fatherhood, Feelings, Facts, and Faith
Paul Berman, The Flight of the Intellectuals (Brooklyn, NY: Melville House, 2010). $26.00, 304 pages. On February 14, 1989, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini issued a fatwa—or legal ruling—against Salman Rushdie, sentencing him to death in absentia for the crime of writing a novel that slandered the Prophet Muhammad. The issuance of the fatwa was taken seriously enough by Rushdie himself and by British authorities that he went into hiding under their protection for several years afterward. The ayatollah has since died, but his fatwa remains in force. In the years since then, as Paul Berman points out in The Flight of … Continue reading The Flight of the Intellectuals
In this book vlog, I talk about four books that I’m reading. I also give away five books at part of the 10 Weeks of Free Books contest. Check back to this blog next Tuesday at 2:00 p.m. (CDT) for a list of books that will be given away the following Thursday. Books I’m Reading Mark Shaw, Global Awakening: How 20th-Century Revivals Triggered a Christian Revolution (Downers Grove, IL: IVP Academic, 2010). John Dickson, The Best Kept Secret of Christian Mission: Promoting the Gospel with More Than Our Lips (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2010). Gary B. McGee, Miracles, Missions and … Continue reading Book Vlog for Thursday, July 29, 2010
A third and final reason we call God Father is that he is the Creator of and Provider for the entire world. James describes him as “the Father of the heavenly lights” (James 1:17). Paul writes, “there is but one God, the Father, from whom all things came and for whom we live; and there is but one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom all things came and through whom we live” (1 Cor. 8:6). No wonder, then, he writes, “his whole family [literally, ‘all fatherhood’] in heaven and on earth derives its name” from the heavenly Father (Eph. 3:15). Or … Continue reading Day 12: The Father as Creator
The first reason we call God Father is because he is “the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ” (Eph. 1:3). The second reason is that he is the Father of all believers. Jesus had a unique relationship with God, but we can have a relationship with him too, although in a different way. That difference can be expressed as the difference between a natural-born and an adopted child: Jesus is God’s natural Son, but we are God’s adopted sons and daughters. As a natural Son, Jesus shares the Father’s DNA. He is divine by nature. We, on the … Continue reading Day 11: The Father as Savior
MinistryDirect.com and Gospel Publishing House are giving away free books every week through the end of September. Check out George Paul Wood’s blog every Tuesday at 2:00 p.m. (Central Daylight Time) for the list of books and contest rules. Then, come back to his blog on every Thursday at 10:00 a.m. (CDT) for a video announcement of winners and discussion of new and interesting books. Book Giveaway for Thursday, July 29, 2010 GPH Product: George O. Wood, Living in the Spirit kit ($89.99 value) GPH Vendored Product: M. Daniel Carroll R., Christians at the Border: Immigration, the Church, and the … Continue reading Ten Weeks of Free Books!
Why did Jesus call God Father? And what difference does it make for our prayers? The New Testament suggests three answers to the first question and one to the second. We call God Father because: as God, he is the Father of Jesus Christ; as Savior, he is the Father of all believers; and as Creator, he is the Father of the entire world. Because our heavenly Father is God, Savior, and Creator, we can be confident that he loves us and gives us what we need. This is the difference God’s Fatherhood makes to our prayers. When we examine … Continue reading Day 10: The Father as God
Joseph Epstein, The Love Song of A. Jerome Minkoff and Other Stories (Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2010). $24.00, 272 pages. My taste in fiction is ambivalent. On the one hand, I enjoy reading stories about the conflict between good and evil, in which the two poles are clearly defined and the former defeats the latter, especially when victory is snatched last-minute from the jaws of defeat. J. R. R. Tolkien called this snatching eucatastrophe. The Lord of the Rings is a masterpiece of this genre of literature. Less mythologically, Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan novels and Lee Child’s Jack Reacher novels—and … Continue reading The Love Song of A. Jerome Minkoff and Other Stories
From StateBudgetSolutions.org: “Reduce spending. Reject tax increases. Reform government. Sounds like a winner to me.” Sounds like a winner to me. Continue reading Reduce Spending. Reject Tax Increases. Reform Government.