The marriage that is in shambles. The family that is riddled with gossip and divide. The person who is overwhelmed with hopelessness. The culture that is passing away. To all our problems, to all our mistakes, to all the evil we see, the gospel is the answer.
When God has you, every part of you, hold on tight. He’s going to take you for a ride. Eric Metaxas, in his biography of Dietrich Bonhoeffer entitled, Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy shows us what God can and will do through a person who surrenders his/her will at the feet of the cross. If you have not read this book, I plead with you to do so.
Have you ever discovered something new about your family history that really surprised you? I have. And as I think about it, I can’t help but think about God’s sovereignty and kindness through the ages.
Have you ever begun praying for God’s direction and, after weeks, months, or even years, arrived at the conclusion that God didn’t give you an answer? If you can answer yes to that question, then this is for you.
Can I be honest? Growing up in a Christian home is foreign to me. Sure, if you asked my family if we believed in God, we would have said yes. But follow Jesus? That’s something different, of course. But my kids will know what it means to grow up in a Christian home. And while I’m thankful for this (that will be another article), I also wrestle with fear because of this.
To fellow parents, could we have a conversation about our rhetoric? It’s important because our rhetoric trickles down to our impressionable children. They hear us. They listen to us. Many of us should be frightened by this.
“I’m going to get into the Bible today,” we say. We flip it open toward the end – New Testament sounds good – and we come to Romans 12. It starts out well.
Have you heard? We’re in a war. It’s us versus them and we’re not even sure what we’re up in arms for. But, nonetheless, it feels good to be upset. At least it seems to. Why else would we kindle our anger at one another?