Faith and reason are not necessarily opposed. But when reason won’t take you another stop, faith keeps on going because it connects you to God. The stars convinced David of God’s existence (Psalm 8:3). They say if you counted stars at a rate of 125 per minute, it would take 2,000 years just to count the stars in our Milky Way.
Romans 1:20, “ For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.”
If you look you will see God at work everywhere–including your own life.
C.S. Lewis said it best,
People in love tell one another how beautiful they are because the joy is not complete without the expression.
That’s why we express worship and devotion to God! Because the joy is not complete without it!
Father, Don’t ever let me forget Your incredible works in my life–abundance, forgiveness, truth, and delight. Keep me from embracing the temptation that anything apart from You could ever satisfy me. Prompt me with ever sunrise to remember Your faithfulness, renewable for eternity.
Confession: Sometimes pastors get really, really tired of standing with an open Bible in front of people with closed hearts. So why do we do it?
Isaiah 55:10-11 says,
“The rain and snow come down from the heavens
and stay on the ground to water the earth.
They cause the grain to grow,
producing seed for the farmer
and bread for the hungry.
11 It is the same with my word.
I send it out, and it always produces fruit.
It will accomplish all I want it to,
and it will prosper everywhere I send it.
God’s holy word will always get results. God’s commitment to His word is one of the greatest works. So who am I to complain when I don’t see its fruit?
- To make you grace minded. No one will ever stand in Heaven and say, “Look what Jesus and I have accomplished.” If you had to pay one penny of your sin debt, it would make you a co-redeemer with Christ. Ephesians 2:8-9, “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— 9 not by works, so that no one can boast.“
- To keep you sensitive to sin. 1 Corinthians 11:28-29, “Everyone ought to examine themselves before they eat of the bread and drink from the cup. 29 For those who eat and drink without discerning the body of Christ eat and drink judgment on themselves.” You don’t avoid the communion cup; you need only confess your sin and then drink deeply with gratitude.
- To keep you focused on Christ’s return. Mark 14:25, “Truly I tell you, I will not drink again from the fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new in the kingdom of God.” Every communion service brings you one step closer to the greatest communion service of all: the marriage supper of the Lamb in heaven (Revelation 19:7).
The crises of life often reveal something that has been happening for a long time. We tend to focus on the shock of the tire blowing out, but in reality there were a lot of maintenance issues that preceded the flashing lights and the flares by the side of the road. Somewhere, much earlier on, a longing for God was lost.
There is in every human heart a propensity to leave the God we love unless we are continually gripped by His greatness, unless on a regular basis we allow our hearts and minds to be rocked with the truth of all that He is.
Many churches have unstated values: If you BELIEVE, and if you BEHAVE, then you can BELONG.
The Bible is different: If you BELIEVE, then you BELONG to Christ; and you can BECOME the person God created you to be.
In our culture today, we need churches that say: “We accept you…” (BELONG), once accepted and feel like they belong they will come to BELIEVE because of God’s love reflecting off of us which will eventually lead to BEHAVIOR (obedience to God).
Praise is the great characteristic of the true Christian always, as it is the great characteristic of the New Testament and the early church. Praise and joy was not confined to the early church: if you read the long history of Christianity you will find that the note of praise and joy has been characteristic of the church in every period of revival.
Is this the characteristic note of our Christian life and witness? Is this our response to the Gospel?
We claim to be Christians. We make our public profession of faith. But in the last analysis what is the test of it all? Our willingness to praise God.
Dad, It’s Father’s Day so I’m reflecting a little bit about how good of a dad I am to my children. That led me to think about you and how you raised me. Here’s a few reasons why you are a great dad:
1) Your relationship with mom has always been a good example to me. And that’s true today too with Marilyn. Children of divorce have a higher rate of divorce. That word is not even in our vocabulary. You always stuck with mom through the thick and thin.
2) The time you spent with me made me feel special and loved. All those sports games we attended and those you coached. Those made a difference.
3) Encouragement. Even when I was involved with things that you might not be passionate about (seminary, band), you encouraged me verbally and with your generosity and with your presence. Thanks!
4) Involvement and relationship with our children. Within reason and when able you visit and even care for our kids. That means a lot to them and me.
Have a great Father’s Day! You deserve it.