So what about Jesus’ family?

  1. Here in the Urbanova congregation this is the month of the family, for our messages. Last Sunday, on that first couple to be created. Today, the roles of husband and wife.

  2. So that people don’t freak out, on the 23rd, we’ll talk about Jesus’ physical family. What should I say about them?

  3. Much font search and experimentation today. That ought to do me for the rest of the year.

  4. What is our life but a vapor, but a vain attempt to drive down a stake to hold us here, when every connection to earth will soon be broken?

  5. Heaven and earth and hell are in the hands of God, and every creature, man himself and all his plans and dreams.

  6. An original verse: The name of man and all his fine devices / Avail him nothing, neither his sacrifices.

  7. A Bible verse: “Then I confessed my sin; I no longer covered up my wrongdoing. I said, ‘I will confess my rebellious acts to the Lord.’ And then you forgave my sins” Psa 32.5.

Importance determines

“Throughout people’s lives, God calls them to Him. He uses good and bad situations and people’s weaknesses and strengths to bring them by life’s end to the realization that He should be the most important person to them. God is not an egotist, but His importance in people’s lives determines whether or not they become who He wants them to be.”

—S. Kughn, Heart Tree for Empty Nesters, pp. 26-27.

You keep us waiting

Don’t know who John Bell is, but this quote of his is a good statement of divine purpose:

You keep us waiting. You, the God of all time, want us to wait. For the right time in which to discover Who we are, where we are to go, Who will be with us, and what we must do. So thank you … for the waiting time.

Except perhaps for the last part, about what we must do. That has been fully revealed in Scripture.

Of All

Maybe the Lord will approve of this simplest of verses:

God listens to the smallest fear,
He notes the single falling tear,
He answers every needy call,
And loves the lowest man of all.

Critical juncture

Ed M. gets behind a prophet’s eyeballs with Habakkuk 2.6 as his main text today.

The prophet was at a critical juncture. He staggered at the prospect of continual cruelty. How long, he sighed, will the interminable plundering of ruthless men go on? They seem to do their mischief with impunity, Habakkuk 2:6. Does God care?

What questions do ask in the face of long-term injustice? What answers do you find? What does this say about God?

Fond of splitting up God

This is a parenthetical statement of P. Pett in comments on Rom 7.4:

We must not let the work of the Holy Spirit blind us to the fact that Jesus Christ Himself and the Father also live within us. We can become too fond of splitting up the Triune God.

Most appropriate.

Not options for Christians

“Hopelessness and helplessness are not options for Christians who serve a God who will work his purpose for his glory.” —T.S. Ranier, “Church growth and evangelism in Acts”

Infinite love

Everlasting love is Ed M.’s devotional thought today, from Jeremiah 31.3. His final prayer is poignant:

You, O Lord, are infinite love. Thank You for Your care. Draw me. Lift me. Allure me. Bring me gently home. In Him, whose love knows no boundaries, Amen.

Focus question: In what ways do I shut out God’s love from shining in my life?