Thinking like a Christian is what this blog is all about.
Try hard to think like a Christian no matter what comes your way. To do that you will have to read the Bible and be honest about what it says. The Bible isn’t really all that complicated. Some religious leaders try to make it so. That is just a power play. But, if you read the Bible in your own language–the way your culture today uses that language–it really is plain and simple.
The Protestant Reformation in the 1500’s and all the evanglical revivals since have been about this very thing–getting the Bible into the hands of the people in their language. Try reading the new English Standard Version and see what I mean. You might be revived again! Refreshed by a strange stirring of your heart with truth you haven’t really seen before. Order one at http://www.cvbbs.com for about a buck.
I’ll add some pictures soon when I can figure out how. My grandchildren and collie dog are all fine, and I am getting older each day. The summer has now become too long. We Floridians are waiting impatiently for a cool change in the air which should come any day now.
Keep reading your Bible and trying to think like a Christian. Expect the Holy Spirit to sweep across your heart like a refreshing fall breeze. Look for it.
“…you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you…” (Acts 1:8)
The main point of Walter Chantry‘s book, Habbakuk, (cvbbs.org) is that we are to keep on praising God–even if what we are seeing is His justice on display as He disciplines the western church and punishes those who have rejected Him and His ways in our culture. Praise is your key rather than fretting about what you fear is coming. Europe and China and even Latin America may end up owning America….but you are to think like a Christian and watch in wonder as God displays His wrath (settled anger) against those who have opposed Him. We are to stand amazed at His power yet expect His mercy within that anger against sin. Habbakuk wrote a prayer for us all to sing (see the last chapter in the prophet’s book). He learned to expect and look for mercy…”In wrath, remember mercy.”
God has a remnant who will keep on believing and will always see His mercy and deliverance. A remnant is like a little bit of left-over cloth. ( I used to buy a remnant to sew a pillow or even a dress. ) The image is a little bit torn off the bolt. That little bit is always shown mercy in the midst of God’s wrath toward others. Look for His mercy to you and your children and grandchildren even as you watch current events wondering about their end and praising God for His sovernighty over the nations. After all, He is our glorious King.
“O LORD, I have heard Your speech and was afraid;
O LORD, revive Your work in thye midst of the years!
In the midst of the years make it known:
In wrath remember mercy.” Habakkuk 3:1
“And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever –the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you. I will not leave you orophans;…” John 14:16-18