Isaiah ("salvation of the LORD") wrote more prophecies about the Messiah than any other. This book is often called the Miniature Bible because its 66 chapters mimic the 66 books - there's even a shift at chapter 40 from law to grace, from judgment to hope (just like Malachi/Matthew - books 39-40). This … Continue reading Isaiah
If love is the concern for the happiness of another, then isn’t it natural to want to love someone that brings you pleasure? Certainly. It’s illogical to think that someone would want to love another who would never reciprocate. Love - even unselfish love - seeks a measure of fulfillment and joy. It’s not wrong - as long as we don’t allow that to become the only time we love. Commitment is the skeleton of love; the emotion of joy is the soft, warm flesh that covers the cold, hard bone of choice.
I recently heard of an English Bishop compare the mission of the church to that of a museum: "I suppose... keeping alive aspects of the Christian heritage for those who are interested in that sort of thing..." Statistics seem to back him up: last year, 2.7m church members left, never to come back again. Every year in America 4,000 churches close their doors (while only 1,000 are planted). There are now half as many churches as there were a hundred years ago. Is this the church's last hurray? Will our generation witness the death of the church? A recent poll revealed that less than 9% of Americans have a Christian world view (believing that the Bible is accurate, in a literal hell / heaven, that salvation is only by grace). Does church really still work? The honest answer is yes and no. Some do and some don't. The difference: great churches are communities where the new covenant has united membership in a common grace and a common purpose. (Ephesians 2:14-22)