Fully God, Fully Man

By Beejai

In my vision at night I looked, and there before me was one like a son of man, coming with the clouds of heaven. He approached the Ancient of Days and was led into his presence. He was given authority, glory and sovereign power; all nations and peoples of every language worshiped him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion that will not pass away, and his kingdom is one that will never be destroyed. (Daniel 7:13-14 NIV)

Read: Daniel 7:1-28, 1 John 1:1-10, Psalm 119:153-176, Proverbs 28:23-24

Relate: After reading Daniel 7:13-14, I have just a few quick questions: 1) If the Ancient of Days is God then who is the “one like a son of man”? 2) Can anyone besides God receive worship? 3) So if the son of man is God then who is the Ancient of Days.

Of course those three questions are easy for the Christian of today to answer but I do have two more to add just to keep things interesting. 4) How would the religious leaders and teachers from the time of Daniel up until the time of Jesus have answered those three questions? And finally: 5) How much did it grate on Jesus’ critics when He used the phrase “son of man” over and over again to refer to Himself?

Continue reading at: http://tworiversblog.com/2015/11/30/fully-god-fully-man/

 

We must value the life of the mind

If we are going to be wise, spiritual people prepared to meet the crises of our age, we must be a studying, learning community that values the life of the mind.

~ J.P. Moreland

This is Not a Day Care. It’s a University!

by Dr. Everett Piper, President, Oklahoma Wesleyan University

This past week, I actually had a student come forward after a university chapel service and complain because he felt “victimized” by a sermon on the topic of 1 Corinthians 13. It appears that this young scholar felt offended because a homily on love made him feel bad for not showing love! In his mind, the speaker was wrong for making him, and his peers, feel uncomfortable.

I’m not making this up. Our culture has actually taught our kids to be this self-absorbed and narcissistic! Any time their feelings are hurt, they are the victims! Anyone who dares challenge them and, thus, makes them “feel bad” about themselves, is a “hater,” a “bigot,” an “oppressor,” and a “victimizer.”

I have a message for this young man and all others who care to listen. That feeling of discomfort you have after listening to a sermon is called a conscience! An altar call is supposed to make you feel bad! It is supposed to make you feel guilty! The goal of many a good sermon is to get you to confess your sins—not coddle you in your selfishness. The primary objective of the Church and the Christian faith is your confession, not your self-actualization!

So here’s my advice:

Read it: http://www.okwu.edu/blog/2015/11/this-is-not-a-day-care-its-a-university/

The heavens display his handiwork

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For most of the modern era, there’s been this misconception that science and the Christian faith are at odds—that one must be a adherent to science (in essence treating it as a worldview, instead of a discipline) or a believer in Christianity, and ne’er the twain shall meet.

Which, of course, is poppycock.

Read more of Aaron’s blog at: http://www.bloggingtheologically.com/2015/11/29/the-heavens-display-his-handiwork/

How to Magnify God

John PiperSolid Joys – Daily Devotionals by John Piper

I will praise the name of God with a song; I will magnify him with thanksgiving. (Psalm 69:30)

There are two kinds of magnifying: microscope magnifying and telescope magnifying. The one makes a small thing look bigger than it is. The other makes a big thing begin to look as big as it really is.

When David says, “I will magnify God with thanksgiving,” he does not mean: “I will make a small God look bigger than he is.” He means: “I will make a big God begin to look as big as he really is.”

We are not called to be microscopes, but telescopes. Christians are not called to be con-men who magnify their product out of all proportion to reality, when they know the competitor’s product is far superior. There is nothing and nobody superior to God. And so the calling of those who love God is to make his greatness begin to look as great as it really is.

The whole duty of the Christian can be summed up in this: feel, think, and act in a way that will make God look as great as he really is. Be a telescope for the world of the infinite starry wealth of the glory of God.

This is what it means for a Christian to magnify God. But you can’t magnify what you haven’t seen or what you quickly forget.

Therefore, our first task is to see and to remember the greatness and goodness of God. So we pray to God, “Open the eyes of my heart,” and we preach to our souls, “Soul, forget not all his benefits!”

“I Will Magnify God with Thanksgiving”

THIRD DAY – Soul On Fire: Song Sessions

Is the God of Islam really righteous when He ignores His own law?

https://carm.org/god-islam-not-righteous