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, December 8, 2013

Opus 2013-379: Why Did That Car Miss You?

Have you had any squeakers lately?

In one of his sermons Alistair Begg shared how people keep asking him to stop thanking God for sparing them another day in his prayers.  They seem to be getting tired of being reminded about the providence of God.  From there my mind when into tangent mode.

In my mind I asked, “Why does God spare us and give us so many blessings.”  We have just come through the official Thanksgiving season.  I don’t know about you but I am in a perpetual Thanksgiving season.  I am very much aware of the blessings that God pours out on me and mine.

What is the purpose of God’s blessings?  We tend to get our focus wrong.  We tend to think that God is blessing us so that our lives will be full of joy and peace.  Many of us are just doing our own thing and God is just a vitamin pill or crutch which makes life go smoother.  We tend to think of God as being there for our benefit and forget who is the Creator and who are the created.

Why does God allow the Holy Spirit to convict us, save us by grace through faith, intervene daily in our lives and have angels protect us?  It isn’t so you can coach your daughter’s soccer team.  That may be part of His plan for you but it is because that soccer team is part of His greater outline for the universe, as hard as that is for some of us to believe. 

As we move through Advent and approach Christmas use the time to remind yourself of why that Baby had to be born.  Take a few moments and read through some of the Christmas Carols.  Notice how much they talk about a sinful and fallen world.  Notice the emphasis on why Jesus became flesh and dwelt among us.

Accept that God gives you blessings and respond with love and a greater commitment to allow Him to use you for His glory. 

Merry Christmas.

homo unius libri

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