Category : Formation

Written on Mar, 23, 2018 by in , | Leave a comment

The folly of this world, and of my heart, is the ease with which God’s holiness is forgotten. True wisdom doesn’t forget the heart’s tendency to this forgetfulness. How easy it is for me to turn even the things of God into occasions of forgetfulness of His holiness and sovereignty.

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Written on Mar, 22, 2018 by in , | Leave a comment

God isn’t the aggregate of moral goodness. Rather, God is holy–He is sovereign and as Lord of All is over all that is. As the Creator of the universe, He is the source of moral goodness but moral goodness itself is only a shadow, a veiled revelation of God.

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Written on Mar, 21, 2018 by in , | Leave a comment

Creation testifies to the goodness of God, His mercy and fidelity.This is why idolatry, economic sins and sexual immorality are so roundly condemned by the prophets. These obscure and even undermine the testimony of God’s holiness of God and concern for His people.

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Written on Mar, 20, 2018 by in , | Leave a comment

The wisdom of the wise isn’t passive but dynamic. God the Creator of the “all things visible and invisible” (Creed) takes on Himself the sins of the world and so brings about reconciliation. In imitation of God, the wise man by his wisdom brings peace not only to himself but to others.

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Written on Mar, 19, 2018 by in , | Leave a comment

While sorrow is the opening moment of repentance, in the full sense I need to move past my distress. Repentance requires not bad feelings but a change of heart (metanoia). Not grief for my failure, but obedience to the will of God.

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Written on Mar, 16, 2018 by in , | Leave a comment

Shame is insidious. It twists and distorts my heart, my relationships with God and neighbor. The great challenge in overcoming shame is that it rarely travels along a clean, straight line. Rather shame mixes everything together, it’s a jumble of sharp edges that cut and dull edges that bludgeon.

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Written on Mar, 15, 2018 by in , | Leave a comment

Isaiah’s warning to Jerusalem and the divisions in the human family that result from Babel are all still applicable today. We are all of us just as prone to make false promises in a vain attempt to subvert the will of God.

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Written on Mar, 14, 2018 by in , | Leave a comment

Eager to help us though He is, God will not help us against our will. God will not impose His grace on us. Immediately after these verses God says “let them lay hold of my protection, let them make peace with me, let them make peace with me.”

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Written on Mar, 13, 2018 by in , | Leave a comment

Fidelity to God means that I must take seriously the example of God. I must not artificially limit God’s revelation of Himself to only those aspects I find pleasing. I must resist the temptation to create an idol by cannibalizing Scripture. 

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Written on Mar, 12, 2018 by in , | Leave a comment

We don’t have to live with a divided heart. We don’t have to be at war with each other because we don’t have to be at war with ourselves. In Christ, we can find forgiveness and wholeness of being. Communion with Christ brings communion with each other because it heals the divisions of the human heart.

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