All I wanna do…

“I found myself in you, Jesus;
And I found myself in you, O Lord.
So take me to a place,
Where I can see you face to face.
‘Cause all I wanna do, all I wanna do,
Is worship you.”

Hallelujah and Amen. You know, I love the Lord Jesus. He took me out of sin and darkness and placed me into the Kingdom of Light to know and love his own God and Father, the LORD, the God of all Creation, as my own God and Father. Furthermore, He has filled me with his Holy Spirit to be the Counsellor, who daily abides in me, intercedes with great striving and profound groaning that words cannot express.

For my God is a mighty flame, a solid fortress; a very sound foundation in times of trouble: I shall not be shaken. When He comes to judge both the heavens and the earth, the living and the dead, his Name will be vindicated, his people will be avenged, and justice will be met out on all who have not obeyed the Son, who is the Lord Jesus.

My God, the LORD, rules above all. He stands high and lifted up, and lofty, worshipped as holy by the angelic armies. My God is a great king. He rules the nations forever and ever. He does as he pleases, dispensing judgement on the earth. But he also delights in mercy, and eagerly works his mercies over all creation. My God is above all, and I will boast in Him; yes, I will sing praise unto Him: I will both fear Him and delight in Him, and I will forever tell of His wonders.

At my going out and my coming in; my rising and my sleeping, the LORD alone will sustain my life. He will go before me, and rise behind me: He will be the vanguard and the rear guard. And so I will be confident in Him, and I will trust in Him, and I will glorify Him, and marvel at Him.

For I know all the earth will see Him, and all the nations will mourn on account of Him. And this is the one thing I ask of Him on that great and final day: that I may see Him as He is, and dwell with Him forever and ever.

Written with tears. To the tune of Hillsong’s “Found.”


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On Family

Tonight my father had his 50th birthday. It was a nice occasion, full of food and family.

And I got to thinking. How important it is to spend time with family.

I personally don’t have a very good relationship with much of my family. Heaps has gone on in our lives, and many relationships that should now be stronger than ever are quite fragile. I actually tend to spend a lot more time with friends than with my family.

But I think God has given us our families for a reason. In Acts 17 it says that God has placed each one of us in the time sand the circumstances we are in.

Furthermore, the commandment says, “Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be prolonged in the land which the Lord your God gives you.” (Exodus 20:12.)

No matter how we get along with them, and regardless of how we like them, we are called to honour our parents. Why? For our own benefit. “That your days may be long in the land,” says the LORD.

So I would like to bless the Lord for my family today. I want to invest more time in them and not take them for granted.

What about your family? Are you thankful for what you have? How might you express your love and thanks for them?

God bless.

A brief thought on the sexual temptation of Jesus…

I think it’s helpful as a man to think on the fact that the Lord Jesus “was tempted in every way, just as we are, yet was without sin” (Hebrews 4:15). Jesus must have been tempted sexually. But he did not lust. So there must be a difference between the natural chemical feelings and affections one has simply by virtue of being (at least, in part) a physical organism, and that act of the will which, when cultivated, transfers that base sexual reaction of the sight to the object and becomes “lust,” properly signified.

Discussion vs Bickering

It’s so good to have a nice discussion with a like-minded person with similar interests.

Philosophers usually talk about “arguments.” When we think of “arguments” we often think of quarreling or bickering. But all a Philosopher means by the term “argument” is a series of statements which lead logically to a conclusion.

When discussions are taken as arguments in this way, they are extraordinarily enriching experiences. Just yesterday I had a wonderful discussion about theology with someone with a different point of view. But I came out refreshed at such a kindly conversation, even though we both entered, remained and came out opposite ends.

Compare this to bickering. When people bicker, they don’t respect each other. They just fight, Tensions rise, passions are aroused and offence is often inflicted. If you perceive that coming on in an argument, you just need to end it immediately. Swallow that pride and walk away.

I think what is needed in any discussion is civility. A person has civility roughly when they have a care, respect for and understanding of another; giving the benefit of the doubt and such as that. Civility should be a prerequisite to conversation. If two parties cannot have civility, they should not engage in discussion.

A Thought about Sex

Recently, a local Evangelical church hosted an event with Jacob Prasch of Moriel Ministries as the guest speaker. It as a great time, but something Prasch said stuck in my mind.

Often what the Devil does is invert God’s good order. This subtle and seemingly small move is actually disastrous.

Here’s an example. Prasch said that whereas God-designed sex uses sex as the means to enjoy the person, satanic sex uses the person as the means to enjoy the sex. Notice the subtle change:by reversing the subject with its original intended object, the person moves from being the object of celebration to the tool for self-gratification. Essentially, that person’s worth is diminished; what really matters is the sexual rush and not the person.

Behold, then, the brilliance of God’s thinking: God created the most intimate physical expression to celebrate the person. This places a higher value on both the person and the act.

Soul Sickness

So I just recently came down with a case of the common cold. It sucks! Headaches, runny/blocked nose, sore/scratchy/itchy throat, dry cough, tiredness, aching body, restlessness… The whole “nine yards.”

Now, it occurs to me that I as an organism am weak, and am in need of all kinds of aid! I have cough lollies, bottles of water, tissues and warm clothes.

What if I were naked? Imagine yourself being outdoors in the cold, all sick and miserable.

The Gospel is a bit like that.

No, not the sickness! The cure! Human beings have a spiritual sickness — a soul-sickness — called sin. It is a debilitating illness which infects the whole person. It’s visible symptoms include such things as lust, anger, hatred, greed, blasphemy, spite, disunity, disloyalty, dishonesty, and a host of other ailments on individuals, couples and society.

But much unlike in any ordinary sickness like the common cold, the human person has no natural, built-in immune system to sin. For my common cold, there are signs that my body, by its powers, is fighting back (e.g. mucus). Eventually, (God willing), these natural forces will override the virus and I will be cured.

But there is no cure for the sickness of the soul. It is a deadly poison. A scripture well-known to Christians speaks about the sinfulness of the human heart. Jeremiah 17:9 says:

“The heart is more deceitful than all else
And is desperately sick;
Who can understand it?

We’re sick! We need a cure. We can’t save ourselves. In fact, We are “dead in [our] sins” (Ephesian 2:1). Who, then, can save us from this body of death?! What, then, is the prophet’s answer? Jeremiah 17:10 says:

“I, the Lord, search the heart,
I test the mind…”

So it is the Lord God who both tests the heart and determines the cure. We Christians believe that the cure is found in the Christ. We’re spiritually sick, we need help, and God has given us the Saviour Jesus to take away our sins and heal us.

This reminds me of the conclusion Paul came to. Romans 7:24-25a says:

“Wretched man that I am! Who will set me free from this body of death? Thanks be to God, through Jesus Christ our Lord!”

Amen! How crazy it is not to take the Christ-cure for our soul-sickness of sin that leads to eternal death!

Sins and Reasons

In my experience, sin is often thought about in quite a legalistic manner. We say, “X is a sin,” and (quite rightly) explain the sinfulness of X with reference to God’s Law, in that God’s Law teaches that X is sinful.

But why does God’s Law teach X is sinful? What may arise if we allow ourselves to ponder this further step?

Think about it. If God’s Law says, “X is sinful,” just what is it about X that ‘justifies’ God’s being able to call it sinful? Can God just call X sinful, for no reason other than the fact that he says it is, or does God call X sinful for other facts about X?

Take murder. Murder, I take it, is the illegitimate taking of somebody’s life by another person or group of people.

Now the scripture says, “Do not murder.” But what is it about murder that makes murder sinful? On one level, it seems perfectly acceptable simply to say murder is sinful just because God says it is. But on reflection, if everyone murdered all the time, it would be deleterious to society, harmful to humanity, and counterproductive to the purposes of God in world evangelism.

I wonder if most if not all sins are like that? I wonder if, on reflection, God’s Law teaches against all kinds of activities, both public and private, because God, being the Creator, knows that the cultivation of those activities will harm the human race? After all, God, at least if he existed, would have a much wiser and more objective view of the world than any one person or group of people could have.

Seen in this light, God’s Law might make more sense to us. Why should I follow God’s Law? Because by breaking it, I am not only harming myself, I am harming my neighbour. I wonder how far this can go?