I suppose we have to be thankful on Thanksgiving. The rest of the year we can “cuss and spit” and complain. But how can I be thankful? Each morning when I go to God, my prayer starts with my list of complaints, my fears and anxieties, and my list of things about which I am certainly not grateful. He always listens and waits until I’m spent. Then God says, “You through?”
Unless you live in complete isolation, you have seen a broken home. Maybe it’s the family of a friend or a relative; maybe it’s your own home. Families fall apart in ways that are short-lived and lifelong, hidden from view and out there for everyone to see. But no family is “fine,” “without problems,” or “great” until someone destroys it. Every home is broken from the day it begins.
If you are a free and bold Christian, you will face all kinds of pressure. You will be criticized. You will be looked down on as less of a Christian. When that happens, remember who you are and refuse to be manipulated. A lesson in holding the land of grace.
People are leaving our churches in droves and the money, the power and the political influence are following them out the door. Welcome to life after America’s culture wars. Maybe now Christians will have to do it Jesus’ way. Join Philip Yancey on SBE to hear how grace can transform Christianity and our post-Christian culture.
There are people who will tell you that the freedom you read about in the Bible is only freedom to be obedient. That’s from the pit of hell and it smells like smoke! You’re free to really, really mess it up bad!
Being a mother exposes just how weak you really are. The energy and strength to care for children only comes from the Holy Spirit. Your love (alone) for your children won’t be strong enough, your desire (alone) to be a good mom won’t be strong enough, your desire (alone) to raise children who love Jesus won’t be strong enough.
Law and freedom simply don’t appear to go together. But when we really listen to what the Bible is saying, we begin to understand the balance and wonder of God’s revelation of truth. Why the law? In other words, if we are really free, why even bother with it?