Todays topic is something we can all relate to: suffering. We have all suffered in one way or another–a physical illness, a death in the family, or even persecution for being a Christian. In the gospel of John, we find examples of each of these. I want to examine an account of each, and glean insight from the narrative as to why we go through hardships, and how God can still shine through our darkness. Continue reading God’s Glory Through Suffering: A Case Study in the Gospel of John
Here are 17 ways that you can glorify God in your life. I put this together following Thomas Watson’s thoughts in his chapter on “Man’s Chief End” in his must read, A Body of Divinity Continue reading 17 Ways You Can Glorify God: A Summary of Thomas Watson’s Thoughts
I remember a couple of times throughout my secular public education where our study of literature would bring up the concept of a utopia. For one assignment in particular, I remember each student was told to write out what their own personal utopian society would be like if we could create one. As pre-teens there was mention of free pizza, no school, or a basketball court on every corner among other things. Then, with all of the students’ differing ideals before her, the teacher usurped the right to draw the conclusion that a paradise is impossible. Since what is enjoyable to one student would bore another to tears, she reasoned it to be simply a dream not to come true.
Back then I would have agreed; but now that I am saved I think differently. Believers are guaranteed “an inheritance incorruptible…reserved in heaven,” (1 Pet. 1:4). Paul prayed that the Ephesians would “know…the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints,” (Eph. 1:18). He prays for the Colossians that they would rejoice that God has qualified them “to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light,” (Col 1:12). Notice how the same inheritance is that of all the saints! They all are in the same utopia performing the same ideal activities. Through His perfect wisdom, God ordained to happen what my teacher had concluded impossible! Continue reading Video Games and Ice Cream in Heaven?