Archives for January 2012

Character of God

When many people think of God, they often times think of a mean super being who sits on a throne holding a lightning bolt. This image is normally connected to that same being searching the earth for someone to strike with calamity. One thing that we must realize is that our creator, the God of the bible, and Father of Jesus Christ is nothing like that. He isn't waiting for us to mess up. No! He is looking for us to be successful. He wants to help us and encourage us. He doesn't want us to fear and be distressed. No! He wants us to have a hope and a future. (Jeremiah 29:11) It is so important that we know Him. We must know what He is like because there are many in this world claiming that God is one way, when He's not. These people would have us following them, proclaiming their version of truth (really a lie), and living for their selfish purposes. Many of us have previously been deceived. The majority of our thoughts and actions have caused us to run away from God. As we run, we cry, shiver, and hide in fear. We have thoughts that God is angry with us and doesn't love us. These thoughts are produced by sin. Because of these thoughts, we run to those who we think will … [Read more...]

Asking Hard Questions…

Psalm 73 1 Surely God is good to Israel, to those who are pure in heart. 2 But as for me, my feet had almost slipped; I had nearly lost my foothold. 3 For I envied the arrogant when I saw the prosperity of the wicked. 4 They have no struggles; their bodies are healthy and strong. 5 They are free from common human burdens; they are not plagued by human ills. 6 Therefore pride is their necklace; they clothe themselves with violence. 7 From their callous hearts comes iniquity[b]; their evil imaginations have no limits. 8 They scoff, and speak with malice; with arrogance they threaten oppression. 9 Their mouths lay claim to heaven, and their tongues take possession of the earth. 10 Therefore their people turn to them and drink up waters in abundance. 11 They say, “How would God know? Does the Most High know anything?” 12 This is what the wicked are like— always free of care, they go on amassing wealth. 13 Surely in vain I have kept my heart pure and have washed my hands in innocence. 14 All day long I have been afflicted, and every morning brings new punishments. 15 If I had spoken out like that, I would have betrayed your children. 16 When I … [Read more...]