Good morning! Grace and peace be with you today.
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(Yesterday on the blog: Children Who Bloom in an Instant)
Michael Reeves: “I want you to rejoice in this strange paradox that the gospel both frees us from fear and gives us fear. It frees us from our crippling fears, giving us instead a most delightful, happy, and wonderful fear. And I want to clear up that often off-putting phrase ‘the fear of God,’ to show through the Bible that for Christians it really does not mean being afraid of God.”
“If things are going to end for us, as they did for my father, then it’s obvious that it’s not all about us. We are not the gravitational center of the universe. We’re in orbit around something else, around someone else. And I believe that this someone is God.”
Randy Alcorn points out that the universal human longing for happiness cannot be accounted for by evolution.
“Singing birds are one of the joys of nature. Their bright ‘songs’ brighten our days. We marvel at how such ‘music’ can emerge from these small creatures. Scientists tell us birds sing to ‘mark’ their territories and to attract a mate for nesting. Or, in migrating, they may issue ‘contact calls,’ chirps to help them stay in touch with each other. These are ‘scientific mechanics’ which explain the function of birds singing. But, we wonder: Is there more? Are there other ‘reasons’ birds sing? Are there dimensions beyond the ‘scientific’?”
David Qaoud: “Everybody has theological convictions. And when we want to express those convictions, we often do so by labeling ourselves. By ‘labeling’ I mean when you associate with a particular doctrine in self-referential terms. This is when you say, ‘I’m Reformed. I’m a credobaptist. I’m a complementarian.’ This is labeling yourself. Is it helpful? Yes and no.”
Paul Tautges describes grief as an exhausting journey and offers three “stabilizing truths.” “In the valley, we have anchored our faith to three stabilizing truths drawn from three portions of Scripture. I hope these principles can be applied to your own journey through the valley of grief, whatever the circumstances, whether expected or unexpected.”
What a long and beautiful labor! “Finnish astrophotographer J-P Metsavainio has released a Milky Way photo that took him nearly 12 years to create. The 1.7-gigapixel image has a cumulative exposure time of 1,250 hours.”
…baptism is a means through which a church declares, “We believe this person professes the true gospel, so is a true Christian.” In baptism they welcome him or her into the visible church.
Marriage and family can easily become just a respectable form of selfishness. If we marry mainly to meet our own needs, then our marriages will be just that: good-looking masks for selfishness.—Christopher Ash