Welcome to Varied Expressions of Worship

Welcome to Varied Expressions of Worship

This blog will be written from an orthodox Christian point of view. There may be some topic that is out of bounds, but at present I don't know what it will be. Politics is a part of life. Theology and philosophy are disciplines that we all participate in even if we don't think so. The Bible has a lot to say about economics. How about self defense? Is war ethical? Think of all the things that someone tells you we should not touch and let's give it a try. Everything that is a part of life should be an expression of worship.

Keep it courteous and be kind to those less blessed than you, but by all means don't worry about agreeing. We learn more when we get backed into a corner.

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Opus 2013-48: Key Scriptures: II Corinthians 4:7-10

The Bible is full of promises.  Some people only see the good ones but there is a balance that shows God is aware of what life is like.  I find great comfort in the balance of this passage, which came to my mind as I was reading in Proverbs, of all places.
(2 Corinthians 4:7-10 KJV)  But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.  We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed; Always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body.
I have experienced the disruptions listed here:  troubled, perplexed, persecuted, cast down.  I have also lived through the miracles of the promises that not only level the scale, but bring my arm high into a world of joy and blessing.

For instance, I can be perplexed.  I don’t have all the answers.  I don’t know all the formulas.  But I can remember when I was learning the basics of Algebra.  Just because I didn’t get it the first time I did not call the teacher a deluded fool living in happy land.  I never took Calculus.  That doesn’t mean that I can’t accept that it exists and has a use.  My God is bigger than I am.  I expect to continue reasoning, learning and asking but if I could really understand all, He would not be much of a God, would He?

I can’t even understand my wife and I can prove to even you she exists.

So love the promises and keep on truckin’.

homo unius libri

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