Questions or Doubt?

There is a difference between questioning and doubting. My God why, is a question that Jesus eventually asked. From this article I read, it seems the AB was more asking questions…even if rhetorical about where were you God.

In the midst of his questioning, he rose up to the occasion in the same way the author of psalm 103 did in reminding himself of the things of God. Jesus in asking why of God, was no doubt referring to psalm 22 of which he also reminded himself that God didn’t abandon him, and that God was for him.

1/3 of the Scriptures is lamenting. Venting. Grieving. Questioning. God is not against that. For out of those ashes, we find true faith raising.

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Hitch hikers and sharing faith.

I picked up a Bangladesh hitch hiker on the Northern Road yesterday. He had been standing there for a few hours, and admitted to me, he had been praying for someone to pick him up. He was making his way to Rockdale, which is near Sydney, and some distance away, and I dropped him off at St Mary’s train station. He had been doing security work for a film shoot on a large farm, and hadn’t realized that it was in the middle of no where.

Turns out he was Moslem, and we had a great chat about faith. He was visibly shaken and impacted when I told him that Christians don’t worship 3 Gods; but instead, believe that all have sinned and fallen short of God’s glory, and that God himself, came in the flesh as a human and took upon himself, the sacrifice for our sins.

But, being God, death could not hold him, and he was resurrected on the third day. And like him, we believe that a time will come, where we will all face God for judgement. But, unlike him, we know that none of our good works counteracts our sin…but, God accepts us – not because of what we have done…but, accepts us because of what he has done…

And I believe that is good news indeed. Don’t you?

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God’s Squad

This is a worthwhile read. 
God’s Squad

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We are perfect.

It doesn’t take people long to realize upon meeting me I have a keen, or should that be, a wicked sense of humor. On Sunday at church I shared the communion message around Hebrews 10: 14 14 For by a single offering he has perfected for all time those who are being sanctified.

The truth be told, I don’t know how many times I have read that passage and surrounding passages and skipped over the being made perfect bit – until Sunday morning, and the Holy Spirit illuminated to me like a neon light.

The verse gripped my very heart, God has perfected us – though, though the walk of sanctification is a ongoing one towards holiness – the blood of Jesus has wiped every sin away. Perfectly, and therefore there is no condemnation for any in Christ Jesus.

Yesterday morning I had a knock at the door, and on opening it, discovered two Jehova witnesses standing at the door, asking if I would like to talk to them about God. Immediately, my wicked sense of humor rises to the fore, and I said to them, “Why, do you want to talk to me about God, I am perfect!”

I have learnt that when the JW’s come knocking, its best to rattle them a little, so that they can’t continue with their prepared script, and normally, many of them find it hard to discuss any Scripture outside of the Script they know. Yesterday was the same. And they asked me if I knew what the Bible said about my claim to be perfect?

To which again I replied “Yes I do, the Bible tells me that I am perfect!” By now, I have truly rattled them. And so I grabbed my Bible and we looked up Hebrews 10:14. And what do you know, their New World translation says exactly the same thing… that for once and for all, we have been made perfect.

This floored them, and they tried to argue against it – until I said to them, “You said to me, that you wanted to discuss God, and the Bible. Either you believe the Bible, or you don’t, which is it For the Word of God clearly tells me that through the sacrifice of Christ, every believer has been made perfect.”

You could see the neon lights starting to light up behind their eyes, as the Spirit of God started to reveal to them the truth about Christ, once and for all. My phone rang, and so I made an excuse to go and answer it, and close down the discussion. They wanted me to take some of their literature, which I declined, politely telling them that we had some serious distinctions of belief, and that I needed to take the call, which ended up being from my wife.

Friends being perfected in Christ, doesn’t mean that I am, or you are perfect. For we are still in the process of being made holy. But, for those who put their trust in Jesus, we are made perfect in Jesus, because all of our faults, our sins, our foibles, and our lawlessness is forgiven and forgotten by God. And that is good news indeed.

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Are you an anxious person, one who lacks peace. The Bible tells us that if you lack peace, and are anxious about anything – go and tell God about all your concerns, tell him what you need – and praise him, thank him for all his goodness.

And in return, the peace of God will permeate through your heart.

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My prayer for this morning.

The world is very good at mixing up our kids. Mixed up kids end up becoming mixed up parents, who end up producing more mixed up kids, and so the cycle continues.

This morning I prayed, “Father God, our kids are all mixed up, please un-mix them!”

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It’s Done and Do! Not, Do and Done!

Last night a group of us were sitting around at church for a bible study with Dr. Stan DeKoven, who is the president of Vision College.  We are also extremely blessed at our church, to have Dr Ken Chant, as one of our members and regular preachers, who is the founder of Vision College. Teaching certainly runs in their family, as his brother Barry Chant, likewise founded the well respected Tabor college. 

During our discussion we debunked the myths about having to forcibly enter our way into the presence of God. That we have to force our way to receive the blessings of God.  Of particular concern was those tele evangelists who say, give me $100 and God will bless you ten fold. Or those who teach that we have to pray and fast to find God.

The fact of the matter is, we already have every spiritual blessing through Christ. We already are seated in the heavenly realms with Jesus, who has brought us into relationship with God, because of what he has done. We don’t have to beg God to be able to come into his presence. Simply because, we are already there.

Certainly there are times when we don’t feel we are close to God. It’s during those experiences its commonly said that God hasn’t moved; its us who have moved away from God… To that, I want to say, its total rubbish! It’s total bunkum! And the rural farmer side of me wants to say its totally something found in the cattle yards; but I wont!

For the Apostle Paul says that there is no height, no depth, no width, no nothing, that can separate us from the love of God. King David declared in one of his songs, that there is no where we can escape from God’s presence. And so Paul teaches us that the Spirit of God works through all things, over all things, and is within all things.

Friends, if your a Christian, you can freely come to God, because you are already positioned beside him, because of what Christ has done for you. Let us boldly come to God, because, God has already seated us beside him.

And its from this position, that we step out in obedience, because of what has already been done for us.

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