26 January 2018

This 'n' That

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I love word search puzzles. I don't know why, I just do. Crosswords? No way. I never know enough pop culture to succeed at those. But word searches? Even as a kid, those books were a staple for me. They say things like that keep your brain sharp as you age, so perhaps I'm just planning ahead, knowing that I'll need some extra help in that area!

Often, as I search up and down, backward and forward, and diagonal for that one elusive word, I am reminded of those deceived and deceptive individuals who teach that the Bible is full of secret codes. Just read every seventh word of Isaiah backward while standing on your head and twirling a baton, and you might finally see what it is God has been trying to say to us this whole time!

Our God is not a God of chaos. He is a God of order. And He is not a God of secrets. If He were, why would He have given us the Bible in the first place? The Bible is clear, understandable, complete, and sufficient....just like its Author. There is no secret, gnostic knowledge to be discovered in the white spaces, or in a word jumble. We may search for a word, but we must read that word in context so that we can properly understand what God is saying. He doesn't speak in riddles, and He doesn't stutter. If we want to know what God says, we need only open His Word and read. What a gracious God we serve, who has made Himself known in such an explicit way!

Speaking of reading, as always, I have a few articles you might want to peruse, so why not grab your favorite snack and take a few minutes to enjoy your week in review (kind of):
  • Ah, yes, the "touch not mine anointed" argument! I've certainly heard that one before!
  • Michael Kruger helps us make some sense of the most common attacks on the Bible.
  • What we do in secret matters.
  • This is an interesting perspective:"Stress is the mental and emotional tension that is generated from our unbiblical responses to pressure.
  • Here's your weekly dose of adorable.
  • We had a really lovely snowfall here last week, and I couldn't help but ponder the fact that, in Christ, our scarlet sins are washed white as snow.
  • "Grace relations." That's catchy.
  • It's true, you can't always judge a church by its website!
  • Well, what do you know? I'm not a feminist or egalitarian either!

How sweet is rest, after fatigue! How sweet will Heaven be, when our toilsome journey is ended. 
—George Whitefield

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