Our journey in reading 65 (of the 66) of the books of the Bible in one sitting continues today. This is called unit-reading and today we are looking at the minor prophet Haggai.
God cares about the work we do — and the spirit in which we do it.
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One of the great joys of my life over the last 15 years or so is co-teaching a course entitled “The Integration of Psychology and Theology.” My fellow teacher, Dr. Allan McKechnie, is a gifted counselor — and I’ve learned a lot about myself over the years.
I’ve also gotten all the free counseling that I want! The downside is that it has come from a class of students who are only beginning to learn how to do what we call “soul-care.” I don’t hesitate to quote to them Job’s statement to his critical friends, “MISERABLE COUNSELORS ARE YOU ALL!”
Seriously, so many of our “issues” have a psychological dimension, don’t they? Years ago a church I was quite fond of criticized me for making a positive statement about Christian counseling. The critic, it turned out, was later sadly accused of a serious sexual sin (which might have been helped had he sought out biblical, godly counseling).
We are indeed “fearfully and wonderfully made” — and this includes our psychological make-up. [I’ve been encouraged by Larry Crabb’s book Connecting if you want to pursue this area further].
We continue in our journey of reading 65 (of the 66) of the books of the Bible in one sitting. This is called unit-reading and today we are looking at the minor prophet Zephaniah.
Zephaniah continues the theme of the Day of the Lord. Many warnings are given about God’s wrath — and promises are made that the Lord will restore a remnant of His people.
The Christian life is to be an active one of seeking the Lord, drawing near to Him, delighting in His love for us!
The pure, sweet truth. Or a vile, contemptible lie. At least in Calvin’s world he recognizes that truth can be known. How one goes about knowing the truth, however, for Calvin, is completely a matter of chance!
Christians affirm that “one’s heart cannot rejoice in what one’s mind rejects as false.” There are good and sufficient reasons for holding to the Christian faith. Evidences can be examined; alternative viewpoints can be critiqued; conclusions (some tentative, some firm) can be drawn. The process is something like this:
As you examine the many facets of biblical Christianity, aren’t you grateful for the abundance of facts that warrant your trust in Jesus? We don’t commit intellectual suicide when we choose to follow the God of the universe! That’s a conclusion for which we need no coin-flip!