God does not ally Himself to our causes no matter what they are, rather, we must ally ourselves to God’s causes.
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Jeremiah 18:1-4 (ESV) (1) The word that came to Jeremiah from the LORD: (2) “Arise, and go down to the potter’s house, and there I will let you hear my words.” (3) So I went down to the potter’s house, and there he was working at his wheel. (4) And the vessel he was making of clay was spoiled in the potter’s hand, and he reworked it into another vessel, as it seemed good to the potter to do.
Worship is so much more than singing, but there is so much worship in singing.
I’m reminded of that when I think of the songs we sang with the college students at The Salt Company in Ames.
I was an orphan, lost at the fall;
Running away when I’d hear you call,
But Father, you worked your will.
I had no righteousness of my own
I had no right to draw near your throne,
But Father, you loved me still.
And in love, before you laid the world’s foundation,
You predestined to adopt me as your own.
You have raised me up so high above my station;
I’m a child of God by grace, and grace alone
In the wake of the horrific Orlando murders, I am reminded of conversations about death throughout the years that my friends and I have had with various people – many of whom claim no particular allegiance to Christ or Christianity, and some of whom are avowed atheists. These conversations are good and necessary – we should all be aware that our life is a vapor, here today, gone tomorrow. Even atheists believe that they could die tomorrow, we all could.
Nobody is guaranteed tomorrow.
In these conversations that we have had, we have noticed a few things common in all of them:
- Almost everyone believes that there is something after death
- Almost everyone believes that they will be in a better place after we die
- Almost everyone believes that Omar Mateen is not in a better place
And almost everyone believes that Omar Mateen is not in a better place for this reason – that he deserves to be punished for what he did. Continue reading