I did not enjoy “The Bible” miniseries for a multitude of reasons. One of those is its misuse and abuse of the concept and phrase, “God is with us.” In that pitiful series, the idea of God’s protection and presence with His people was turned into a catchphrase, and the true magnificence and blessing behind it never was explained, nor was Emmanuel, the ultimate picture of “God with us,” extolled as He should have been. By the end of the first episode of “The Bible,” I never again wanted to hear someone with a bad British accent shout, “God is with us!” Perhaps this is an illustration of how poor and false teaching can ruin some true and wonderful concepts for the genuine believer.
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But let us not abandon biblical concepts simply because they have been distorted by those who do not revere God and His Word. In reality, God truly is with His own. He cares for those who are His, whether in times of trial or in times of joy. He goes before His children in every circumstance, and stands with them even when men do not. This week, I was especially struck by these verses in Paul’s final letter to his son in the faith, Timothy:
At my first defense no one came to stand by me, but all deserted me. May it not be charged against them! But the Lord stood by me and strengthened me, so that through me the message might be fully proclaimed and all the Gentiles might hear it. So I was rescued from the lion’s mouth.
The Lord has promised never to leave nor forsake His children (Heb 13:5; Deut 31:6–8; Jos 1:5). He demonstrated this in Paul’s life right up until the very end, and He will be faithful to those who are His today. We serve a Lord who fulfills His promises. Kind of makes you want to get on your knees in praise and thanks, doesn’t it? Go ahead, we’ll wait.
When you’re done with that, take your laptop or your tablet outside, find a shady spot, sit back and enjoy your week in review (kind of):
- “As you and I, who have long been brought into the church, think of how we became built upon the foundation, let us praise the hand which laid us in our place.”
- Satan wants to help you.
- Some homeschooling parents are starting to demand textbooks that teach evolution. Thanks a lot, BioLogos.
- At the same time, while dissatisfaction with the public school system grows, so does the appeal of homeschooling.
- I don’t know why people don’t like the public schools. I mean, it’s totally reasonable to deem peanut butter and jelly sandwiches racist. . .
- One more terrible public school tale for the day.
- John MacArthur’s Saved Without a Doubt is free on Kindle.
- Pope Francis says that a “gay lobby” exists inside the Vatican. Well, color me not surprised.
- You can never hear too many good sermons on Psalm 23. Listen to Erik Johansen discuss the Good Shepherd.
- This is both adorable and weird. It’s aweirdable.
- South Carolina might get tattle-tale license plates. Remind me not to move there.
- The president wants girls of every age to be able to get the morning-after pill.
- Here’s your weekly dose of adorable. (Thanks to reader Jeff for the tip!)
- Tim Challies reviews John MacArthur’s re-released Glory of Heaven.
- What special revelation is and isn’t.
- Here’s some beautiful landscapes.
- Note to self: do not try to travel with your lightsaber cane.
- Uh-oh, the “Holy Ghost Bartender” is getting worried about the upcoming Strange Fire conference.
- This is a shocker: the Bible has become very popular in Norway.
- Did God fulfill every good promise?
- Exposing the marks of counterfeit authority: