Friday, July 30, 2010

Saved by God's Grace - for Today and Eternity

Paul Tripp recently posted his thoughts on the reality that while many who claim Christ do believe in new life after death, they still desperately need to understand that in Christ they also have a new life right here, right now before death. He suggests four things that those who struggle with this need to understand about God's grace.

1. Grace will decimate what you think of you, while it gives you a security of identity you’ve never had.
2. Grace will expose your deepest sins of heart, while it covers every failure with the blood of Jesus.
3. Grace will make you face how weak you are, while it blesses you with power beyond you ability to calculate.
4. Grace will take control out of your hands, while it blesses you with the care of One who plan is unshakable and perfect in every way.

To read the whole post, click here.

But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved. (Ephesians 2:4-5)

Monday, July 5, 2010

Blog Sabbatical

I've not been the most consistent lately at posting - my life is pretty full in these days. And so I am taking a blog sabbatical until July 24th. My family and I would appreciate your prayers. Blessings!

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Passion Play: More balanced or Less True?

The Alpine village of Oberammergau has performed the passion play for more than 400 years and it is considered the most famous one in the world. It is staged only every ten years, and roughly half of the village's population - some 2,500 people - perform in it. This year changes are being make to the performance, which began in 1633 to fulfill a promise the village made to God if he were to end the Black Plague. In this year's edition, Christian Stueckl, the passion play's director, has altered the script and staging to make even clearer that the Jews at the time could not be held responsible for the killing of Jesus. "Jesus understands himself completely as a Jew. He was never baptized, he never had a First Communion, but he celebrated his Bar Mitzvah at 12 and died as a Jew on the cross," Stueckl told the AP at an interview in May. "Increasing awareness of this is very important to me."

Christian Stueckl should have checked his facts before he made his changes. This year’s passion play may be more balanced - but it is also blantantly untrue.

“Men of Israel, why do you wonder at this, or why do you stare at us, as though by our own power or piety we have made him walk? The God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, the God of our fathers, glorified his servant Jesus, whom you delivered over and denied in the presence of Pilate, when he had decided to release him. But you denied the Holy and Righteous One, and asked for a murderer to be granted to you, and you killed the Author of life, whom God raised from the dead. To this we are witnesses." (Acts 3:12-15)

And when Jesus was baptized, immediately he went up from the water, and behold, the heavens were opened to him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and coming to rest on him; and behold, a voice from heaven said, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased.” (Matthew 3:16-17)

. . . Jesus on the night when he was betrayed took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it, and said, “This is my body which is for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” In the same way also he took the cup, after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.” For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes. (1 Corinthians 11:23-26)

Click Here to the read AP article

Thursday, July 1, 2010

God's Standard vs. Kagan's Standard

I hate the double-minded, but I love your law. (Psalm 119:113)

What happened to the Kagan standard?

By Calvin Woodward, Associated Press Writer - July 1, 2010

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Elena Kagan declined to discuss her passions, demurred when asked anything that might tip her hand on the Supreme Court and invoked her right to remain inscrutable even on cases buried in the past. In short, Kagan did her best to ensure her high court nomination hearing was just the kind of benign event she criticized years ago for lacking "seriousness and substance."

Her dodges over two days of questioning prompted chuckles in the Senate Judiciary Committee as members, keenly aware of what she wrote in 1995, watched her rhetorical dances. But the evasive maneuvers created frustration, too.
"Perhaps you haven't answered much of anything," snapped Sen. Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania, one of her most persistent - and persistently thwarted - questioners. After another Kagan sidestep, Sen. Herb Kohl of Wisconsin could only manage: "My, oh my, oh my. All right. Let's move on." And those were Democrats.

Kagan's comportment was in keeping with past nominees, whether liberal or conservative, who stuck to truisms about the impartial judiciary no matter how hard senators tried to smoke them out on how they would lean on matters before the court. But she demanded a higher standard in a 1995 book review when she wrote, "When the Senate ceases to engage nominees in meaningful discussion of legal issues, the confirmation process takes on an air of vacuity and farce, and the Senate becomes incapable of either properly evaluating nominees or appropriately educating the public." She says now, "It just feels a lot different from here than it felt from back there." By back there, she meant where she once sat as a Judiciary Committee staffer witnessing the confirmation hearing for Judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg.