Nothing is more key to a successful spiritual life than the mind. The spiritual life — life in Christ, as the New Testament calls it, or life in the Spirit — begins here. It is not the feeling of the heart, but the feeding of the mind, that will take us where we want to go as God’s people.
The inner human is made up of interlocking parts: the mind (thoughts), the heart (emotion), the will (decision). Sometimes these parts do not always move in the same direction. For example, in the garden of Gethsemane, Jesus’ heart said one thing (avoid the cross!), but his will said another (Your will be done!), because his mind knew the Father’s will and the nature of his mission (to give life!). Continue reading “Think on things above — and what those things are”
Man is never in charge of his life, and at that moment when he begins to assert control, he pushes God out. The desire to control is the essence of rebellion.
Jesus died to sanctify the church. Sanctification lies at the heart of the gospel. Without holiness (sanctity) no one shall see the Lord. God is holy and no one who is not shall enter his presence. God’s will therefore is to make us holy and for us to be holy and to offer to others the means to holiness.
Ignorance is not so much not knowing as not paying attention. Man ignores God, chooses not to know him, decides to leave his Word unread and unheeded. The ignorant man commits a damning sin, in need of the light of the gospel in order to save. Continue reading “Sundries: Never in charge”
Gardens are built, ultimately, to be a quiet and beautiful place for rest and for meditation and contemplation.
Yeah, right. You wouldn’t draw that conclusion if you were a fly on a rock wall watching what happens in my flower beds. You would see work, work, and more work. Continue reading “Meditation of my heart”
Victor Frankl could have been forgiven if he had displayed a bad attitude. As a prisoner in a Nazi concentration camp, he was witness to some of the most indescribable horrors in human history.
How, then, did Frankl avoid the fate of pessimism and bitterness? He wrote: “Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s way.”
Our attitude is a matter of choice? Few ever come to that realization. They merely take the mood that comes with the events of their day and act correspondingly. If someone cuts me off in traffic, I’ll be in a foul mood for awhile. If I get that promotion, I’ll be on top of the world. If not, stay out of my path! Continue reading “Improving My Attitude”
Human logic often turns reason on its head. This tendency is especially seen in politics. Last Thursday, U.S. Vice-president Joe Biden said, “[W]e have to go spend money to keep from going bankrupt? The answer is yes, that’s what I’m telling you.” Continue reading The Logic of the Cross
So many celebrities have died recently, it reminds one of the death, in 1715, of King Louis XIV of France, after a reign of 72 years. Continue reading Only God Is Great
With the death of Michael Jackson, the media buzzes with details of his popular career and his bizarre life: star of the family group, the Jackson Five, the changes in his music, his marriage to Lisa Marie Presley, his financial woes, his three children, all of whom bear both his names, his cosmetic surgeries, the charges of child molestation. Death calls us to remember a life, no matter how wonderful or sordid. Continue reading Remembering Death in Life
All at the news conference had been screened for weapons. When two heads of state are present, you can be sure security will be tight. But no one thought to order shoes to be left at the door. If reporter Muntazer al-Zaidi had not been wearing his shoes, he would not today be facing a 15-year prison sentence. Continue reading Why The Shoe Was Thrown
Glenda Williams tells that in their jail ministry in Geneva, Alabama, when one prisoner was baptized, he felt so thankful for the forgiveness of his sins that he stood in the baptistry and wept for a long time. Continue reading Tears of Joy
We come to the table in such a sorry state, because during the supper of the Lord we are transported to the hill where Jesus was crucified, and there we see his pain, feel our destitution, receive his blessing. Continue reading We Come to the Table