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Tag: God

  • The God Who Rewards The Seeker

    In Hebrews chapter 11, the author catalogs people from Jewish history as examples of those who had faith. He includes Enoch, but the brief mention he gets in Genesis says nothing about his faith, so the author includes an aside to justify his inclusion. And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone…

  • Putting Things Right

    The central assumption of Christianity is that something is wrong with the world, and it needs to be put right. For Christians, the “something wrong” is human sin, a violation of the right order God created at the beginning. Putting things right we call “reconciliation,” and according to Paul it is a ministry belonging to…

  • Why God Gives Us Power

    The first chapter of Colossians includes Paul’s prayer for his readers. In it he prays that God will grant them wisdom and knowledge and enable them to bear good fruit and do good works. Then he adds, “being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that….” I stopped there. What was it…

  • Forward Motion, or the Snail in the Well

    There is an old riddle about a snail crawling up the side of a well. It starts 20 feet down and crawls 5 feet up by day but slides back down 4 feet by night. How long does it take the snail to climb out of the well? The riddle reveals the danger of abstract…

  • Watch Out

    Luke 12 starts with Jesus addressing his disciples while a crowd listens in. He warns them to avoid hypocrisy, to fear God rather than men however powerful, and to guard against the temptation to deny him when they get into trouble with the authorities. He tells them a parable about a rich fool who thinks…

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