Blessed are those who are persecuted. Huh? Persecuted for what? And why? Why is it a blessing to be persecuted? And what is the blessing that’s received? If you don’t know what this is about, it probably sounds like someone’s really into being dumped on. But then, if you’re a regular here, you know what this is about. It’s the conclusion to our series on the Beatitudes.
Trials and Temptations
Trust in God; Trust also in me – but how and why?
Interesting, isn’t it? The why part is actually relatively easy to see. If we trust God, then our hearts won’t be troubled. That’s the goal, isn’t it?
But the how part. Even though I want the goal of not worrying, not being troubled, trust is so hard to come by.
The thing is, from watching the dogs I’ve had, I can see that trust is possible between them and me. Even Hachiko, the most scared dog of all, came to trust me. Even though things happened, like the can of paint.
So if I take the relationship between Hachiko and me – use it to see what a relationship could be like between me and God – it helps. Helps me, anyway.
I was diagnosed with cancer a few days ago. It reminded me that Christians often say, “God’s in control”. But some problems go along with saying that. Like – just how much control? And then there’s the issue of saying it – versus actually believing it. And on top of all that, when we say God’s in control, do we actually live like it?
Are there gun people in Heaven? You know – people who are really, really into guns? A while back, I asked a similar question – Are the guns in Heaven? And then there’s, Are there assault weapons in Heaven? Asking if there are gun people in Heaven seems like a logical next question.
First off, by “gun people” I mean people who are really, really in favor of people having guns. Someone like Meghan McCain, who recently said, “I’m not living without guns. It’s just that simple.”
Have you ever heard of a Grown-again Christian? Me neither. But the Apostle Paul did. “But for right now, friends, I’m completely frustrated by your unspiritual dealings with each other and with God. You’re acting like infants in relation to Christ, capable of nothing much more than nursing at the breast.” The Message
If you don’t believe in the devil, then … The man’s gentle face slowly sagged and became a picture of foreboding. “I can hardly advise you, who thinks the devil is only hot air, now can I?” from “Immanuel’s Veins” by Ted Dekker Ted Dekker really has a way of getting right to the point, …