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Dwell

June 24, 2015

I am often asked, “If God knew how things were going to turn out, why did He create the world?”

There are lots of token answers. But the most satisfying answer I am settling on more and more is profound in its simplicity.

God wanted to dwell with us.

When God created the world and it was perfectly good, He placed himself in proximity to Adam and Eve; dwelling in the Garden with them.

We know this utopia did not last long. Adam and Eve broke the one commandment they were given. Sin, death, and separation from God entered the picture. They broke the planet. Things were no longer how God created them to be.

But this did not change the heart of God to pursue His people.

Fast forward hundreds of years to the time of the Exodus. God wanted to deliver his people out of slavery to dwell with Him in the wilderness.

Ownership

December 3, 2014

My wife and I recently came to the end of a long journey and were able to purchase a small home in South Africa.

After renting for 23 years, I see a stark contrast between ownership and renting.

As an owner, when I walked into the house, I saw every minor defect and area which needed attention. Initially, I felt overwhelmed with this responsibility.

When I returned to our rental home, I saw far more defects in the rental than the place we owned. I had learned to overlook them and live with the issues since the place was not my own.

As we began minor renovations, I saw my sense of ownership increase with every passing day and task completed. We enhanced the place in ways we could never even dream of in a rental.

Better Than Jesus?

June 14, 2014

What could be better than Jesus?

Jesus himself said something, or rather someone is better.

In John 16:7 He says, “Nevertheless, I tell you the truth: it is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you. But, if I go I will send him to you.”

The Helper, the Holy Spirit, is better than Jesus!

Now, I know the Trinity is one and the same. There is no hierarchy amongst them.

Jesus himself made this statement. I feel this is something I don’t consider enough in my everyday life. Either He is a liar (in which case we have bigger problems), or we should consider this.

When we start talking about the Holy Spirit, people get concerned.  There are so many different opinions on His involvement in our lives, so lets narrow things down a bit.

This series on NoSuperHeroes deals with the Top Questions I receive in my Grace Seminars. Come back each day to see how we can answer our questions without changing the message of Grace!

Top Question: Have I Committed the Unforgivable Sin, “Blaspheming the Holy Spirit”?

Have you ever found yourself fearing that you or someone you know has committed the unforgivable sin?

In a moment of doubt or trial, you uttered a statement that has haunted you ever since. In the back of your mind, you feel concern God will not forgive this indiscretion.

Will you face God someday and hear Him tell you to “depart” for you did the unpardonable? Will Jesus vomit you out of his mouth saying you are “lukewarm“?

The passage in question comes from Mark 3:28-29“Truly, I say to you, all sins will be forgiven the children of man, and whatever blasphemies they utter, but whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit never has forgiveness, but is guilty of an eternal sin”