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, August 21, 2016

Opus 2016-220: Basic Beliefs: Providence

Alistair Begg was preaching about providence.  That is a word we don’t hear much any more.  It was common in the early years of our country.  It was a word that could be used by Christians and deists.  It spoke of the controlling hand of God in the affairs of men. 

What Begg was trying to do was get us to notice the mundane ways in which God works though our world.  I can’t remember if he used the term or I came up with it but I find I need to hear about “God in the ordinary” today.  Most Christians will understand that God created the world even if they tend to think in terms of a guided evolution.  What we often fail to remember is that God holds all things together. 
(Colossians 1:17 KJV)  And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.
God’s hand is still active in our world.  We don’t always understand.  We wonder about terrorism and earthquakes.  I wonder about you as you wonder about me.  Why is my life so blessed when I see others in so much pain?  I expect to understand more tomorrow and possibly a lot more in eternity.  I will keep thinking and asking.  Until I figure it out I am secure in the awareness that there are answers and reasons. 

I don’t need to know how my body figures out antibodies but I do need to get enough sleep.  I don’t understand why some learn to read and it remains a mystery for others.  I would like to think my children have turned out so well is because I am an awesome father, but I know that isn’t enough. 

It is Providence.  It is grace.  It is the hand of God.

homo unius libri

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