Ted Dekker

“You can’t do this!” – You keep saying that, and yet …

So while I was reading this exchange in the book – I couldn’t help but wonder – when confronted at the final judgment – how many people will say the same thing to Jesus?
How many will tell Him that He can’t judge them – that He can’t condemn them?

But I was certain that evil existed

Evil is a relative word. Yes – it really is. Evil cannot exist without good. The classic case of good versus evil can only exist if good and evil are both relative words. If they weren’t, then one of two things must be true …

I muttered prayers for the first time in many years.

This entry is part 2 of 7 in the series God versus religion - why?

So – if you’re thinking God won’t listen to you because you don’t know what to say and all you can do is mumble some sounds –
Go for it. He is listening. In fact He’s waiting for you.
If you’re thinking or even telling the mumblers that God won’t listen to them, maybe you should pay attention to the references here and question whether or not they apply to you.

Do Christians really know what “Christian Hope” is?

Jesus never said anything about listening to Him or watching Him. Far from it. He actually said “Follow me”. That’s where our hope is.
Our hope is in following Jesus, Even if that means through the valley of the shadow of death.

How’s your life plan working out?

Rather than being the first person that God couldn’t use, we are just another one of the many, many people that He wouldn’t use, because we won’t let Him.

How could you do that to me?

I’ve felt like this before. So have you. We all have. Someone did something to us. Most likely, someone we really care about. And thought we could trust. But they hurt us and we’re mad. And we feel totally justified.

We say God’s taking care of that. Do we believe it?

… things happen. “Terrible” things happen. and then we turn to God. I even had that sign reminding me that He was there – and when that kind of thing comes up – He’s got it. But did I always remember that?

Take this in remembrance of me.

For me, it wasn’t just the blood of Jesus. Not like that’s anything I should even use the word “just” with. But I was young. And it was Paul that scared me to death. I knew I’d never be asked to be Jesus. But Paul – that’s a different story. And it’s not like Paul was the only follower of Jesus that suffered. Heck – they all did. I din’t want that.

The 99 sheep – or the one?

““Jan . . . She’s just one girl.” Her voice was soft and soothing. “Lost, wandering, hurt, sure. I can understand that. But our ministry goes way beyond this one person.” She leaned forward and put her open palm on the desk for his hand. He took it. “It’ll be okay, I promise.””      from “When Heaven Weeps: Newly Repackaged Novel from The Martyr’s Song Series (The Heaven Trilogy Book 2)” by Ted Dekker      Open quote from Amazon.com It sounds so reasonable. There are so many people.  No one can help everyone. And sometimes it’s easier to let one go.  Especially when someone is pushing us to do just that. And yet … Jesus said things like this –   The Parable of the Lost Sheep Lk 15:1 Now the tax collectors and “sinners” were all gathering around to hear him. 2 But the Pharisees and the teachers of the law muttered, “This man welcomes sinners and eats with them.” Lk 15:3 Then Jesus told them this parable: 4 “Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Does he not leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost […]

Have you heard this from the pulpit?

Have you heard anything like this before?
“We have mocked his (Jesus’) victory by whitewashing the enemy for the sake of our neighbor’s approval.” He blinked and drew a deep breath. “Imagine me talking like that from the pulpit. It would scare the breath out of most of them.””

“God, help me” he muttered.

“God, help me,” he muttered. But that was stupid, because he didn’t believe in God.”   But maybe there was a Satan and his number had come up on Satan’s big spinning wheel…”      from “Heaven’s Wager (The Heaven Trilogy Book 1) by Ted Dekker I actually witnessed this one time.  I was going to work, on a college campus, during the first week of classes.  It was “rush week” for the fraternities, sororities, and various clubs.  There was a table set up for the Humanist Club.  There was one person sitting at the table, and another one rushing over to join him.  The one at the table – all by himself, with no support because his associate was late – said to the newcomer: Thank God you’re here! True story. Does this sound like you?  Don’t believe in God – but you’re thanking Him? image from glasgow-effect.tumblr.com Post Views: 5