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Need

I caught myself doing something today. I am not sure exactly when it started, but I am sure that it was early on in my life. I realized that I have been doing this for quite some time now but it has never occurred to me like it did this morning. You see, I am taking a certification exam today for Microsoft Vista and I was asking God for His help. There doesn’t seem to be anything wrong with that right? Here’s where it skips the rails though…see if this sounds familiar in your life. Lord, I need Your help today. This exam is very important for both my career and the certification of the company. I need to lean on You today, rest in Your wisdom, and rely on Your grace.

OK, what was wrong? Did you catch it? If you did…good for you. If you didn’t…join the club. For years I prayed for God to help me with ____ because I needed Him for it. For years I prayed that He would help me because I needed Him today. Then today it hit me…what about yesterday? What about the other exam?

I need God. It isn’t a matter of knowing what the hard things are and making sure you give them to Him. I know that my theological construct was not based on only needing Him for certain things but that it how I prayed. My understanding and my initial reaction to situations were not matching up. If I truly believe that I need Him for everything, then why would I pray that I need Him for this and that specifically? I know that for some this sounds like I am needlessly picking apart the semantics of my prayers…but this is needed isn’t it? Shouldn’t our words more closely match our true beliefs? If they don’t, are they true beliefs? Is it truly the foundation of your life that you need God? Is it truly the foundation of your life that God’s grace is needed every day and for everything that happens in your life?

God, I need You. I need You today just as I did yesterday and just as I will tomorrow. Please help me…and give me my daily rations of grace. The only reason that I am able to even take the exam is but for the grace and mercy that you have given me. Not my will, but Your’s be done.

-Cheers

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Death By Love

I’ve been reading Driscoll and Breshears’ book Death By Love for a little while now and I must say that it is great. It is a departure from Driscoll’s other books and even from Vintage Jesus which is also a collaboration between the two. It is an interesting book, and one that is doing for me something that no class at college ever did but wished that they had. This is a summary of what Jesus did on the cross. Semesters could be devoted to this specific aspect of Jesus’ life but I was unable to take this class. This I can only assume is an issue for Christians all over that have an understanding of how they can be saved; but do not have an understanding of why or how it was made available. This is the theology behind our salvation and the various things that Jesus accomplished on the cross. This needs to be preached in churches. Not this book mind you, but the theological points made in every chapter. Every one of these has been so thought provoking that I have had to stop and pray for a few days in between every chapter. Between this book and For the Love of God by D.A. Carson I am not going to ever read the Bible the same way again.

Now I realize that this has been said about many books over the course of life and I am but a lone moron with enough technological fortitude to open up a wordpress account…but I am going to say it anyway. This has changed my thinking much like, Knowing God by Packer and The Great Divorce by Lewis. Now don’t get me wrong, I wouldn’t use this book as a textbook on the cross since it is not written in a form that would lend itself to a classroom setting. I would, however, make the chapter divisions the outline for the semester. It is interesting that I am not necessarily learning things that I never learned before; it is that I am putting what I have learned into life application through the use of the letters that Driscoll writes.

I encourage you all to study the cross in a new way and I would suggest this book at the conduit for that study.

-Cheers

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Resolutions

I read a quote from Jonathan Edwards today. In 1722 on this day, Jonathan Edwards started to put together his life’s goals and called them resolutions.He would add to this list all his life and he ended up with about 70. It was a good list to read not only for the brilliance of Edwards, but for the repentance that it brings. Since this is a very popular thing to do in January, it is quite fitting to read this now. I hope that you will be drawn to Christ by reading this. -Cheers

Being sensible that I am unable to do any thing without God’s help, I do humbly entreat Him by His grace to enable me to keep these resolutions, so far as they are agreeable to his will, for Christ’s sake:

Resolved, That I will do whatsoever I think to be most to God’s glory, and my own good, profit and pleasure, in the whole of my duration.

Resolved, To do whatever I think to be my duty, and most for the good and advantage of mankind in general. Resolved to do this, whatever difficulties I meet with, how many and how great soever.

Resolved, Never to lose one moment of time, but improve it the most profitable way I possibly can.

Resolved, Never to do anything, which I should be afraid to do, if it were the last hour of my life.

Resolved, To be endeavoring to find out fit objects of charity and liberality.

Resolved, Never to do anything out of revenge.

Resolved, To maintain the strictest temperance in eating and drinking.

Resolved, Never to do any thing, which if I should see in another, I should count a just occasion to despise him for, or to think any way the more meanly of him.

Resolved, To study the Scriptures so steadily, constantly and frequently, as that I may find, and plainly perceive, myself to grow in the knowledge of the same.

Resolved, To strive for my utmost every week to be brought higher in religion and to a higher exercise of grace, that I was the week before.

Resolved, To ask myself at the end of every day, week, month and year, wherein I could possibly in any respect done better.

Resolved, Frequently to renew my dedication of myself to God, which was made at my baptism, which I solemnly renewed, when I was received into the communion of the church; and which I have solemnly re-made this twelfth day of January, 1722-3.

Resolved, Never to hence-forward, til I die, to act as if I were any way my own, but entirely  and altogether God’s.

Resolved, I will act so as I think I shall judge would have been best, and most prudent when I come into the future world.

Resolved, Never to give over, nor in the least to slacken my fight with my corruptions, however unsuccessful I may be.

Resolved, After afflictions, to inquire, what I am the better for them, what good I have got by them, and what I might have got by them.

Jonathan Edwards

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Goals

I have never been a big fan of goals. In my past they have been nothing more than records of failures. I have never been much of a finisher…what was I saying? Oh yeah, I have never been much of a finisher. I’m more of the big idea guy. I have even taken all those tests that tell you what kind of person you are or what kind you will turn out to be. I remember in my Pastoral Theology class in college that my test results came back as just that. The big idea guy who thinks stuff up and gives it to someone else to implement. So, in all fairness there are careers that take that trait and make them profitable…I just need to convince someone to give me a shot.

Anywhoo, I realize that I have in fact had goals in my life, however, they have always been irrelevant to my life. Professional athlete, king, hardwood floor installer…ok so that one I COULD do. My point is…

Yeah I don’t like to finish things. Started watching the Driscoll series on Song of Solomon and it is great. I am looking forward to getting to know more about one of the least preached on books in the Bible. Here is a great story on Driscoll by New York Times Magazine. I like many of the things that it speaks about concerning the return to Calvin, Luther etc and the retreat from sissified Jesus. Gets me excited about Jesus.

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