“These things—the beauty, the memory of our own past—are good images of what we really desire; but if they are mistaken for the thing itself they turn into dumb idols, breaking the hearts of their worshipers. For they are not the thing itself; they are only the scent of a flower (more…)
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Though, I wasn’t great company on the way there– I slept through much of it. And, the first night I didn’t exactly give my wife the impression that I was excited about the next 17 years- I fell asleep early. The truth is, I had been looking forward to this trip for quite a while, I was just exhausted.
Inately I knew that I needed this “busyness fast” to have the quality time with God I was longing for. I not only fasted from responsibility but also from technological devices (yep, I even journalized with a pen).
As my anxiety went down, it was like clouds left my mind. A deeper level of thinking became so easy; my mind experienced clarity. I felt as if I was more available for connection, not only with my wife, but even with God.
The following is a result of that time alone with God:
Most people I know, seem to be making their way in this world as if they have a leak in their emotional energy tank (me included).
Posted in Bible Study, What I'm Thinking About, tagged equal, faith, grace, joy, judgement, judgemental, life, self-righteous, sin, sinner, sins worse than other sins, worse sins on 02/26/2008| 1 Comment »
I was asked an important question after last Sunday’s sermon– by my wife no less.
She reminded me of some things I preached earlier that day:
1) below the cross we are all equal (Eph. 2:19)
– that under the law we are all equally quilty of sin before God and below the cross, we are “in Christ” and we are all equally forgiven- we all belong to this church in equal standing.
2) some sins are worse than other sins (1 Cor. 6)
-Murdering someone is worse than stealing a pencil.”