Would you want to be called terrifying? What do we think of when we hear the word terror? We fear ‘terrorism,’ so we have a “war on terror.” We’re rightly fearful of terror. It describes hopeless fear. And the book of Isaiah uses it to describe the Lord.
I’m working on something else for the blog, but in the meantime I want to share this Newsboys song that I discovered and really enjoy. It’s uplifting. One of the things I really liked about Peter Furler’s Newsboys is that he relied on actual Bible verses for the songs, even with Shine, as silly as some of ther verses were.
Today everyone seems to be obsessed with sex. Commercials, TV shows, sermons … everything will bring it up. After all, sex sells, right? And that’s really the problem. Intimacy is certainly a beautiful, and necessary thing … but all good things lose their luster when they serve as ‘click bait.’
Someone commented recently, asking if Proverbs 3:5 means that we should not rely on intellectual understanding of God, but rather, open ourselves to some new revelation of God, as Ted Dekker states in his latest book The Forgotten Way. I discuss this in two parts here and here. I fully reject this mystic notion of knowing God apart from intellect.
C.S. Lewis said that Hell is locked from the inside. He’s right, in the sense that, contrary to what we might want, we nurture the very elements of Hell within our flesh. There are 5 of them …
History has lost many things as a result of war. A conquering nation rolls into town and takes out the libraries, cultural texts and any other remnant of the losing nation’s culture. Only some of the art or precious jewels, plates and cups will remain. All else is effectively eliminated. I see the same thing happening in so-called churches these days. The rich culture of hymns and spiritual songs are fading. Soon they will be gone … but in favor of what? Who is this conquering people who has rolled in and removed Scripture as a basis for our praise and worship?
We’ll soon be witnessing the various parades for Christmas. Brightly colored floats dotted with festive people, smiling, tossing candy and being merry. But, imagine if that procession were heading toward a large ravine filled with a burning chasm of lava! What would you do?