In the season of Christmas, it can be a dark depressing time. This post gives those struggling a word of encouragement.
At times, is frustrating that I can’t explain all the ways of God. Take a step back and reflect on that concept for a moment. If we could explain all that God does and grasps His every moment, would He still really be God? As the Dutch theologian, Herman Bavinck writes, “Mystery is the lifeblood of dogmatics”. In worship, we see those mysteries on full display on a weekly basis. We come to God’s house and should expect to be awed.
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The death of Kate Spade and TV host Anthony Bourdain brings to light an issue few people truly understand but many battle, depression. Here is a biblical look at this delicate subject.
Philip Yancy shares this story in his book, “What’s So Amazing About Grace?” “At the height of the Cold War, Billy Graham visited Russia to meet with their political and religious leaders. Many conservatives in the US criticized him for not taking a more prophetic role. One accused him of setting the church back 50 years. Graham responded, “I am deeply ashamed.
It’s Monday and going back to the grind of daily life can be a hard day. Sunday afforded us an opportunity to reconnect with you and be fed and nourished by you. Now, Monday brings the dance of another week all over again it is the beginning of a work adventure, possibly new challenges, new adventures, or new opportunities.
Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of service, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who empowers them all in everyone. To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. (ESV) 1 Corinthians 12:4–7 Having served with and on many different teams on this perfectly created biosphere during the course of my fifty plus years of my existence, I have come to the realization that doing ministry is challenging.
In my work with congregations, besides stewardship programs and evangelism causing a rip in the congregational space and time continuum, talk of vision and vision planning also creates havoc. With stewardship, the issues are guilt and often a struggle with trusting God to provide. In evangelism, we feel inadequate. Believers do not feel equipped to talk about their faith with any level of confidence.