From the Word
“The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they display knowledge. There is no speech or language where their voice is not heard. Their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world.” (Psalm 19:1-4)
“Having an open mind is not to be confused with having a hole in the head.” (Gene Mora)
“The only reason some people get lost in thought is because it’s unfamiliar territory.” (Paul Fix)
“Sometimes I think the surest sign that intelligent life exists elsewhere in the universe is that none of it has tried to contact us.” (Bill Watterston)
“Experience is a hard teacher because she gives the test first, the lesson afterwards.” (Vernon Law)
“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” (Thomas Edison)
Around the Net
This illustrated article is a longer read explaining a serious problem in the internet age—one from which Christians are not immune. “In an idle moment you open your phone to check the time. Nineteen minutes later you regain consciousness in a completely random corner of your digital world.” And you wonder, what just happened? The digital rabbit hole you tumbled down is by design—funded by advertising aimed at you.
Several dozen seal impressions have been discovered in excavations in the City of David. These bullae date to the period after the fall of the northern kingdom in 722 B.C. Archaeologists believe the names on them likely belong to refugees who immigrated to Jerusalem at that time. Significantly, the name of king Ahab, whose wife Jezebel aided the king to follow the ways of idolatry, was found on a seal discovered in the Judean settlement at Lachish, written as “Ahav.”
For many people, the sense of God’s absence is an ever-present reality. In a world where tragedy and suffering are daily occurrences, the absence of God seems like a cruel abdication. The book of Job explores this painful dynamic. While the readers know the larger context, Job finds himself in “the silent middle,” struck down by suffering and tormented by poor counsel. His story explores the mystery of a God who seems to go missing in the moments of greatest need. Yet somehow Job clings tenaciously to the hope that he will find God.
It’s an understandable question: If believers are justified by faith and forgiven all our sins—past, present, and future—then why is it necessary to continue seeking forgiveness? Wellum argues that there is no contradiction between justification by grace through faith and our need for ongoing forgiveness. “We ask God to forgive us not to be re-justified but to walk before him in confidence that Christ has paid it all, and we are debtors to grace alone.” Do you think he adequately resolves the tension?
Something to Ponder
Known by God
“What matters supremely is not, in the last analysis, the fact that I know God, but the larger fact which underlies it—the fact that he knows me. I am graven on the palms of his hands. I am never out of his mind.
“All my knowledge of him depends on his sustained initiative in knowing me. I know him because he first knew me, and continues to know me. He knows me as a friend, one who loves me; and there is not a moment when his eye is off me, or his attention distracted from me, and no moment, therefore, when his care falters.
“This is momentous knowledge. There is unspeakable comfort . . . in knowing that God is constantly taking knowledge of me in love and watching over me for my good. There is tremendous relief in knowing that his love to me is utterly realistic, based at every point on prior knowledge of the worst about me, so that no discovery now can disillusion him about me, in the way I am so often disillusioned about myself, and quench his determination to bless me.”
– J. I. Packer, Knowing God
The Glory of Creation
Nebula NGC 2023, Orion Constellation
Image Credit: Time.com. Photo by Warren Keller.
Into All the World
“A man who leads the orchestra must turn his back on the crowd.” (Max Lucado)