The process of life is a continuous cycle of dying and rising again. We are constantly brought to the place of letting go of one thing in order to embrace the next. It is exactly the same with our spiritual life. Let’s look at some characters in God’s Book and see this process as it plays out in their lives.
“…seeing the glory of the Lord as though reflected in a mirror…” 2 Corinthians 3:18 NRSV
When we look upon Christ and His glory, in a very real way we are seeing ourselves. What we see in Him is God’s desire for each and every one of us without exception (Romans 8:29). As we behold Him in contemplation, anything contrary to Him is exposed so it can be dispensed with. Anything that is in harmony with Him is accentuated and strengthened. The goal of this never-ending process is to shape our lives into what we see in Jesus Christ.
Today, may we fully cooperate with the Lord’s transforming process as we go about our day living in the Reign.
From the earliest days of the Church, theology (the study of God) has been a really big deal. And so it should be! As followers of Jesus we need to know what we believe and why we believe it. Therefore, men of every age have tried to articulate the fundamentals of the Christian faith in the language of their day.
This has led to a few different types of theology. The most popular is probably systematic theology. Systematic theology seeks to lay out in orderly fashion the principle teachings of the Christian faith, using passages from all over the Bible. Another type of theology is biblical theology. This form of theology examines the various books of the sacred text to discover what they teach on various topics. Both systematic and biblical theology have their place and can make for a very interesting study.
Another form of theology that has gotten a lot of air time lately is known as narrative theology. Narrative theology looks at the grand scope of the biblical story in order to gain an understanding of God and His work in Christ. I believe this particular form of theology has some solid biblical backing. I hope you will read on and allow me to explain why.
I believe the birth of Jesus Christ to be the single most significant event of all time.
Think about it.
The God who spoke the world into existance implanted Himself in the womb of a young Jewish girl who had never been married, underwent nine months of gestation, and then was born as an infant. Although He looked exactly like any other newborn baby, He was anything but ordinary. His birth absolutely rocked our world right down to its foundations. Let’s look at a couple of reasons why that would be true. (more…)
The four Blood Moons. The Shemitah. The Stock Market Crash. All kinds of things are being trumpeted as heralds of the end of life as we know it and the coming of the Lord. Some people are responding with fear and anxiety. Others are shaking their heads and shrugging it off. Many don’t know what to think about it all. Even though I have addressed it before, I thought that in the midst of all the last days crazy, I should remind us of three very important things regarding the return of the King.
A couple of weeks back, I once again had the privilege of being a speaker at Beaver Creek Bible Camp. Nestled along the shore of Lake Winnipeg, the camp draws kids from the surrounding area, as well as others from Winnipeg and even as far south as Steinbach (where I live). Each camper comes with their own unique set of needs. I would like to share my encounter with one camper to show that King Jesus still has power over demons.
The twenty-fourth of July, 1975, was on a Thursday. It was a day just like any other summer day in South-western Kansas; probably hot and dry. But something happened on this particular day that would change my life forever.