As Asians, we are taught to thrive academically, athletically, etc. but we are not taught how to thrive relationally and in community. God is redeeming my relational retardedness.
Was about to walk into the music room today with a friend. A college-age looking woman and man run up and ask if they could get something from the music room first. They turned on the lights and the woman took something dark from a stack of slanted chairs. At first we thought it might have been a wallet or something. At closer look just when she was about to exit the door, we see the item as it really is - a revolver.
Berkeley is filled with passionate Christians that are grounded in faith and identity, yet is so filled with broken, lost, disoriented people in search of something meaningful; even then, many are turned off by Jesus as the result the hate speeches/signs
Christians advertise on campus. Many find security instead in possession, violence, and money.
Father, would you search our hearts for any prideful judgement and weed it out. As our hearts yearn for the lost, I pray that it would cry out for the lost for the right reason. Not because we want them to act in a certain way, or to take ahold of certain standards, but that our hearts would yearn for them as Your heart yearns for them. Lost sons and daughters of the one true God.
The fact of the matter is, if you read through the instructions to the New Testament churches you will find few explicit commands that tell us to take care of the needy in our communities and no explicit commands to do creation care, but there are dozens and dozens of verses that enjoin us, in in one way or another, to be holy as God is holy (e.g., 1 Pet. 1:13-16).
The great redemptive act that freed [Christians] from their sins (Rev. 1:5) and established their right to reign as priests and kings (Rev. 5:9) is also what gives them authority over Satan and enables them to overcome Satan and all of his accusations (Rev. 12:11). Satan accuses Christians day and night. It is not just that he will work on our conscience to make us feel as dirty, guilty, defeated, destroyed, weak, and ugly as he possibly can; it is something worse: his entire ploy in the past is to accuse us before God day and night, bringing charges against us that we know we can never answer before the majesty of God’s holiness. What can we say in response? Will our defense be, ‘Oh, I’m not that bad!’? You will never beat Satan that way. Never. What you must say is, ‘Satan, I’m even worse than you think, but God loves me anyway. He accepted me because of the blood of the Lamb.’
As I go through these pictures and relive this day again, I am overwhelmed once more by the joy of this occasion: a man and a woman joining together in holy matrimony.
Now somewhere in the back of mind, I’m screaming to myself, “I can’t wait for this for myself one day!”
But the rest of my mind is thinking of and imagining a wedding of a greater magnitude: the joining of Christ and His bride, the church.
I want so badly to see that moment. For if in this fallen world of sin, something so beautiful as what took place today can occur before our eyes, how much more beautiful will the uniting of Christ, who is perfect without sin and whose love is perfect and boundless, and His church be!
‘Til then, congratulations, Vivian and Alex Leung, and may your love for one another shine and give those around you a glimpse of the perfect love between the Savior and the saved!
The Son of God became a man to enable men to become sons of God.
Not so worried about the maps app, but I don’t think there is any fix to this without a lens replacement….
The way that Jesus propitiates his Father is in the Father’s wise plan. All of God’s justice is worked out in Christ, who takes our curse, and penalty in his own body on the tree. That is why Christians speak of satisfying the wrath of God. This expression does not mean that God is up in heaven smirking, ‘This really satisfies me.’ It means that the demands of his holiness are met in the sacrifice of his own Son. His justice is satisfied in Jesus’ propitiatory sacrifice so that all may see that sin deserves the punishment that he himself has imposed, and the punishment has been meted out. This vindicates God so that he himself is seen to be just, as well as the one who justifies the ungodly (Romans 4:5). Justification is first and foremost about the vindication of God. God simultaneously preserves his justice while justifying the ungodly. That is the heart of the gospel.
Shall I now live for him,
for you, for me?
And do you see:
If not for him,
what good for you or me?
If not for me,
what worth then he?
If not for you,
Then less the sum would be.
And will you say to me,
“Is not this quest outrageous pleasuring?”
I answer, “Speak of we,
And call this life contagious treasuring.”