Things I Think
1. The lack of attention given Saeed Abedini at the Calvary Chapel Senior Pastors Conference was unconscionable to me.
Greg Laurie has stepped up to the plate today, however.
2. The only thing more frustrating to me than some Christians attitudes toward immigrants is when the government won’t allow Christians to minister as Christ would to the stranger among us. The church all over this country is attempting to help the children on the border…but is being rebutted at every turn.
3. The preaching of holiness without grace appeals to the flesh as much as as the prosperity gospel…and is just as warped.
4. The shortening of our attention spans is breeding a hatred of complexity and reducing issues to binary opposites. This is more deadly than any virus or war that could befall us.
5. Many observers, (including me) believe that God did a work at CCSPC 14. What most haven’t acknowledged is that it never would have happened if Chuck Smith were still alive. The final test of a great leader is to know when to pass the torch…
6. The difference between being hopeless and hopeful is the object of your hope.
7. God gave Martin Luther the revelation of the doctrine of justification by faith 1500 years after the birth of the church. I have a hard time believing that God ceased giving revelation from the scriptures after that point…the study of Scripture with fresh eyes and open hearts must continue until He returns.
8. Here’s some incentive to be an intercessor…think about it.“And the LORD restored the fortunes of Job, when he had prayed for his friends.” (Job 42:10 ESV)
9. I believe that God allowed there to be many denominations and traditions within orthodox Christendom because no one group can express all He is. I also believe that focusing on those differences rather than on Him inevitably leads to worship of the differences, rather than Him.
10. Miss Kitty came to me as a stray. I adopted her, loved her and provided for her. She’s not a stray anymore. She was very grateful at the beginning, but lately, she’s changing. She sits in front of the house and guards the driveway from other strays…she is fat and healthy and tears them up in their weakened condition. She has also taken to beating up the other cat in the home…who was here before she was. If I leave food out for the other strays in the neighborhood, she walks around the property and eats it before they find it…while wailing like a banshee for her own dish to be filled. She used to be full of affection and joy, but her vigilant defense of what she’s been given takes up most of her time and energy now.
She’s forgotten where she came from…and that all she has is a gift she couldn’t possibly earn.
Make your own application…