Christmas Greetings

To all the GraceFamily, I send my love and prayers for Christmas joy to be yours.  You will gather tonight for the Christmas Eve service, and I trust it will be a time of reflection, thankfulness, and joy as Pastor Drew from CUPC preaches and the various musicians share and lead.

We will be attending a Christmas Eve service with my parents at their church, followed by a Miller family game night at my brother’s home.  This is our first Christmas Eve together in 6 years, and already our grandson (my parents’ first great grandchild) is proving to be a center of attention–sometimes by virtue of being so cute; other times by virtue of his protests!

I’ve been reading an excellent, short, and powerful book–I highly recommend it to you.  It is John Piper’s little treasure, entitled “Spectacular Sins” with the subtitle, “and their Global Purpose in the Glory of Christ.”  You can get it here or read it online here.  It is a wonderful “theodicy”–an explanation of how God can allow/permit/ordain evil for His own glory.  You should read it!

When I finish I plan to read Tim Keller’s “The Reason for God”–a highly recommended apologetics volume that I’ve surveyed but not read.  You can get it here. Of course, I also have a fiction book if I need some diversion, and who knows if, with all of us around playing games, eating too much, and talking, I’ll get all the reading done I want to, but it’s good to have goals!

I hope your Christmas is as thoroughly Christ-centered as it can be, and that your joys will be tempered both by humility at realizing our undeservedness of all of our blessings, and by compassion and care for those of our family whose lives have been touched by hard sorrows in these days–I think specifically of the Matsons/Tarapchaks/Ecksteins, and of the Moon family (there may be others I’m not aware of, too). 

I love you all.  Merry Christmas!

Published in: on December 24, 2008 at 3:24 pm  Leave a Comment  

Hearing God’s Voice

Language can be a tricky thing, especially for Christians.  One prime example is when we talk about hearing God speak.  I think I could say without fear of contradiction that true Christians want to know that we have heard God speak to us.  Don’t you?  I know that I do.  My own understanding of Scripture indicates that God has and does at times reveal things to people.  He just does.  It’s not new Scripture, and it’s not for everyone in all times.  But it can happen.

Yet you and I know that it doesn’t happen all that often.  Most of us don’t have a daily, two-way, audible conversation with the Lord.  Most of us want it, though. 

Try this thought exercise.  What if I could say to you, “Tomorrow when you wake up, I want you to get up and pray for 5 minutes, and then just wait and you will hear the voice of God.  He will speak to you.”  Would you do it?  My guess is that you would be up, praying, and listening.

Well, I can say this to you, and it will happen.  Only, it will not be an audible voice, and it will happen if you will read the Bible after you pray.  You see, God is not silent, he has been speaking for thousands of years in words you can read, and his Spirit will empower to communicate his truth to you.  If you do not believe this, then you do not believe in its fullness 2 Tim. 3:16-17.  Scripture is God “breathing out” words that will make you adequate for every task you face.  Yes, there may be moments where he uses other means to speak to us, but none of them is more important or supersedes the Scriptures.

Any takers?

Published in: on December 2, 2008 at 10:50 am  Leave a Comment  
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