Archive for January, 2012

A Gift More Than A Discovery‏

Posted in Christianity on January 28, 2012 by Ken

John Calvin insists that faith is more of a gift than a discovery.  Do we seek God is is God seeking us?

I am grateful that I am not left to my own discovery and seeking.  If God had not sought me, I don’t know if I would have ever have found Jesus.  Being raised in a family that was basically good but not totally faithful, I knew the basics from Sunday school and the sermons.  But going to church most Sundays without the push to seek Jesus.

it seem that going to church was…

More story than relationship.

More religion than relationship.

More tradition than relationship.

i dont ever recall ever hearing the alter call in the Presbyterian church I attended in Indiana.  I faintly think we went to church in the other places we lived while I was growing up which shows how little it was part of my life.

I accepted Jesus as Lord and Savior when I was 16.  By myself without anyone around.    But I didn’t made it part of my life.   This is why I love the parable of the prodigal son.  The father ran to this son when the son came home.  God runs to us.  We seek his repentance and before we can offer ourselves He runs to us.  He hugs us.

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Can you be a Christian without Christ?

Posted in Christianity, Uncategorized on January 20, 2012 by Ken

“I do not undersand my actions.  For I do what I do not want, but I do the very thing that I hate.  Now if I do what I do not want, I agree with the law, that it is good.  So no it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells within me.  For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh.  For I have the desire to do what is right, but not the ability to carry it out.” Romans 7:15-18

It is impossible without Jesus.  Try as we may to follow every single law given by God, we always fall short.

And we know it.

And we know the law is good and one that we should follow.

But we don’t.

We fail daily.

We can never achieve the ideal that is required by God.  But Jesus says you don’t have to do it by yourself.  I will help you.  I will guide you. I will stand for you.

You can say you are a Christian.  But you cannot without being a follower of Christ.

A follower of Jesus.

Crutch or Cross

Posted in Uncategorized on January 20, 2012 by Ken

To quote former atheist Daniel Rodgers: “The Truth of the matter is that Jesus never offered a crutch, only a cross; it wasn’t a call to be a better person with high self-esteem or a plan to help us scrape through our existence.  It was a call to acknowledge that the forgiveness we all seek is to be found in him by following him onto the cross… It’s because Christianity is true that it has something to offer every person in every circumstance, regardless of their background or intellectual capabilities.” (D. Rodger, “Is Christianity a Psychological Crutch?” (from http://www.bethinking.org))

I got this quote from January 19’s A Slice of Infinity.  The title of the note was Is Christianity Just a Crutch?

It was posted at the end of the note, but one that I felt the most compelled about.  Having a personal relationship with Jesus is not a crutch.  While God provides support, comfort, direction, and understanding Jesus also says to take up our own crosses and follow him.

That is not a crutch.

New Year 2012

Posted in Uncategorized on January 1, 2012 by Ken

Happy New Year to all!