EL CAJON, Calif. (BP) — Many of us live in cities where sunsets and mountain horizons have become distant memories. The majestic stars are blacked out. Just as our capabilities in cities have grown exponentially, our capacity for wonder seems to have withered.
Before we can say anything about worship, we must come to grips with this idea of wonder. For worship can never be the sole work of the rational mind. In the presence of Almighty God, as the Apostle John discovered, the sense of wonder comes naturally and leaves us changed. But without the capability of awe, where we stand at the edge of ourselves and gaze beyond, we will never come into His presence.
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From Religion News Service:
When Uwe and Hannelore Romeike’s asylum case is argued Tuesday (April 23) before a panel of federal judges, their lawyers won’t talk about poverty, war, or any of the reasons most immigrants cite in their bid to stay in the U.S.
Instead, they’ll focus on a parent’s right to teach their children at home, which isn’t allowed in the Romeikes’ native Germany. There, home-schooling families face fines, jail time and even loss of custody if their children are not enrolled in a traditional school.
The Romeikes’ lawyers will also talk about their right to teach the Bible during the school day.
David Kupelian reveals record fear, stress, suicide – and inspired way out
Terrorism. Chaos. Fear of the future. In the age of Obama, America is undergoing a “fundamental transformation” – that much everyone knows.
But what few seem to realize about this transformation is that the sheer stress of living in today’s America is driving tens of millions to the point of illness, depression and self-destruction. Consider the following trends:
Even though the condition of the world as Jesus described there won’t be present in full for Christians, it is still helpful to take a look. Anyone over the age of 50 can see the change over the last 30 years in society. It is much more godless, more brutal, violent and rebellious. We are not in the Days of Noah but we can certainly see the days coming.
Genesis 6:5-8 describes the Days of Noah more specifically.
From J. Budziszewski, Evangelicals in the Public Square: Four Formative Voices on Political Thought and Action (Baker Academic, 2006): God is the true sovereign; he ordained all human government for the good of man, whom he made in his image (Ps. 22:28; Rom. 13:1, 3-4; Gen. 1:27). Although God originally chose only one nation, he desires ultimately to draw all …
April 20 Saturday – http://thegospelcoalition.org/blogs/justintaylor/2013/04/20/10-scriptural-principles-on-the-nature-of-human-government/
I read about these churches with satellite campuses, where people watch a pastor by closed-circuit TV. I hear about these churches where the worship teams operate from iPads. I know of these churches where people fret over the brand of stage lights used or the sound systems. And yet the cry of the human heart remains: “Show me Jesus.” And …
April 22 Monday – http://ceruleansanctum.com/2013/04/bait-and-switch-or-how-people-go-to-church-for-jesus-but-get-something-else.html
Trevin Wax post a great list of quotes on the Holy Spirit, all taken from the Gospel Project. You might enjoy the list. Quotes on the Holy Spirit — Trevin Wax “Without the Spirit we can neither love God nor keep His commandments.” – Augustine “It is the Spirit that sheds the love of God abroad in their hearts, and …
April 22 Monday – http://www.edstetzer.com/2013/04/morning-roundup-042213-holy-spirit-is-the-bible-true-obama-on-abortion-ministering-to-boston.html
In Cross Talk: Where Life and Scripture Meet, Michael Emlet encourages pastors and church leaders to approach people as “saints, sufferers, and sinners.” This categorization helps the counselor know whether to turn to Scriptural passages that remind a person of their identity in Christ, console them in the dark day of suffering, or confront them for their unrepentant sins. Emlet …
April 22 Monday – http://thegospelcoalition.org/blogs/trevinwax/2013/04/22/are-you-counseling-a-saint-sufferer-or-sinner/
Poverty, homelessness, AIDS — how should the Christian help? How should the local church help? What is the “help” done by Christians to be called? (This matters to me; some don’t care what it is called.) David Fitch and Geoff Holsclaw, in Prodigal Christianity, play off of two tendencies but here is where they will end …
April 21 Sunday – http://www.patheos.com/blogs/jesuscreed/2013/04/22/the-church-and-social-justice/
I am pro-life. I believe abortion is a painful and dark reality in the world. But I’m often reluctant to associate with the pro-life movement. And I don’t think I’m alone. I remember, years ago, when I was in high school, sitting at a picnic table at a park near my home reading Martin Luther King’s Letters From a Birmingham …
April 22 Monday – http://storylineblog.com/2013/04/22/talking-points-for-the-pro-life-movement/