I’ve been writing on blogs since June 2005 so there are over 2,500 posts on this site. This post will help you navigate them.
The critical issue today is dullness. We have lost our astonishment. The Good News is no longer good news, it is okay news. Christianity is no longer life changing, it is life enhancing. Jesus doesn’t change people into wild-eyed radicals anymore, He changes them into “nice people”
By our actions, we’re saying he’s worthy of our time and efforts. When we commit our lives to God, we’re saying he’s worthy of any sacrifice we make for him.
When God decided to show people what he was really like he sent a self-portrait – Jesus. God knew this would be the only way we could fully grasp, what he is like. We needed to see God in human flesh so he came.
The church thinks it’s doing well and doesn’t need a thing. However, God’s view is vastly different and he sees them as “wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked” (v.17).
Mostly the story demonstrates how dependent we are on God’s grace. God required the death penalty for an act of disobedience. “If you eat its fruit, you are sure to die.” (Genesis 2:17). However, God didn’t mete out justice … instead he showed them mercy and allowed them to live for a long time.
God criticises them, not for their lack of love, but for their lack of fervour. God doesn’t want lukewarm love but rather a love that’s comparable to the first strong feelings of romantic love.
Healthy lawns need sun and rain. Too much sun and too little rain create little growth. But too much rain and too little sun doesn’t create growth either. Sun and rain are both necessary but in balance.
Even though much of Revelation is symbolic and allegorical, the overall message is: Christ is victorious. He controls the future and nothing happens without his permission. Evil will not have the final word.