VIDEO Still – Hillsong

Jun 12, 2011

“Give thanks to the God of heaven. His love endures forever” (Psalm 136:26).

note* Still is Hillsong United’s music. I don’t own them. the pictures i put together was from google search engine and from Jesus Daily on Facebook. I made this video to praise and worship the Lord.

Thank you for watching and go spread the words too. ♥♫♥

Theology With a Limp

Jacob walked with a limp after his encounter with God (Genesis 32:31).

As a result, according to Genesis, when his descendants ate the meat of an animal, they had a practice of not eating the tendon attached to the socket of a hip (Gen 32:32). Since Jacob’s people have given various explanations to this event, it would probably be a safe guess to say some have kept the tradition out of superstition, while others have done so out of reverence.

While recently reading a book by Austin Fischer I was impressed by the author’s reflection on this ancient story. While talking about the danger of trying to push our knowledge of the Bible into a tight logical system that satisfies our own understanding, Fischer urged the idea of theology with a limp.

Since then, I’ve thought a lot about that simple phrase and idea. What could be more important than approaching even the most basic themes of the Bible, and a resulting knowledge of God, with all due humility?

Seems to me that we hear echoes of such a limp in the Apostle Paul after writing about God’s past and future dealings with Israel and the nations. After penning words that have resulted in countless pages of interpretation and speculation Paul takes pause to exclaim, “Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and His ways past finding out!” (Rom 11:33).

As we think back on our last post and conversation (Questions About The Book), seems to me that so many of our problems with the Bible are not with what it says, but about what we think it is saying about the questions we bring to it—without humility due a Father who bends so low to speak to his little ones.

by Mart De Haan

A Helper for All Occasions

John 14:16-18

Did you ever wish for an emergency telephone line that rang in heaven? The truth is that we have something much better. The Holy Spirit lives inside us to be our helper in every situation.

The night before His crucifixion, Jesus warned the disciples that He was about to depart. The news probably upset them, even though it wasn’t the first time He’d spoken of His death. But the Lord offered His followers reassurance that He would send them another Helper. The Greek word for “another” implies that the new Helper would be like the previous one—in other words, a divine being with access to the Father. As promised, God’s Spirit came to dwell in everyone who receives Jesus Christ as Savior (Acts 2:1-4).

Our Helper has a distinct role within the Trinity. The Father reigns over all, while the Son sits at His right hand, interceding for believers. Meanwhile, the Holy Spirit enables Christians to accomplish the work God has designed for each one to do.

The Father knew we couldn’t follow Him without help—that was why Jesus told the disciples to remain in Jerusalem until after the arrival of the Holy Spirit. Whatever we are called to do in daily obedience or in lifelong vocation, our Helper offers direction. And when we are beset by tough times or temptations, God’s Spirit provides strength and encouragement.

The Holy Spirit is intimately involved in our life. He is more a part of us than our bones and blood. We are privileged to have a divine Helper guiding us on the path of God’s will.

The Second Coming

“And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (1 Thessalonians 5:23)

It has been observed that this first-written of Paul’s epistles contains more direct references to the second coming of Christ than any of his other writings. Each of its chapters comes to a close with a reference to Christ’s return in relation to some aspect of His great salvation, as applied to our personal lives.

In the first chapter, he speaks of the second coming in relation to service. “. . . how ye turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God; And to wait for his Son from heaven” (1:9-10).

Then, in the second chapter, Paul speaks of soul-winning. “For what is our hope, or joy, or crown of rejoicing? Are not even ye in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ at his coming?” (2:19).

Next, there is an emphasis on stability. “To the end he may stablish your hearts unblameable in holiness before God, even our Father, at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ with all his saints” (3:13).

The fourth chapter concludes with perhaps the greatest passage on the second coming in any of the epistles, verses 13-17. All of this is said by Paul to be the basis of our Christian strength. “Wherefore comfort [literally ‘strengthen’] one another with these words” (4:18).

Finally, the last chapter concludes with the words of our text, speaking of our eternal sanctification as a result of this blessed hope of the second coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.

The second coming is thus all-important. It is a practical incentive and enablement for the Christian life, encouraging service, soul-winning, stability, strength, and sanctification, culminating in full and everlasting salvation. HMM

That the name of our Lord Jesus Christ may be glorified in you, and ye in Him

That the name of our Lord Jesus Christ may be glorified in you, and ye in Him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord
Jesus Christ
.—2 Thessalonians 1:12.
Put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ.—Romans 13:14.

SEND down Thy likeness from above,
And let this my adorning be:
Clothe me with wisdom, patience, love,
With lowliness and purity.
JOACHIM LANGE.

EVIDENTLY, in order to be a manifestation of Christ we must be in some way like Him. He is a Christian who follows Christ, who measures all things by the standard of His approbation, who would not willingly say a word which he would not like to have Christ hear, nor do an act which he would not like to have Christ see. He is a Christian who tries to be the kind of neighbor Christ would be, and the kind of citizen Christ would be, and who asks himself in all the alternatives of his business life, and his social-life, and his personal life, what would the Master do in this case? The best Christian is he who most reminds the people with whom he lives of the Lord Jesus Christ. He who never reminds anybody of the Lord Jesus Christ is not a Christian at all. GEORGE HODGES.

Thy will be done

Thy will be done. Matthew 26:42

O LORD, I know that the way of man is not in himself: it is not in man that walketh to direct his steps. — Not as I will, but as thou wilt. — Surely I have behaved and quieted myself, as a child that is weaned of his mother: my soul is even as a weaned child.

We know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God.

Ye know not what ye ask. —He gave them their request; but sent leanness into their soul. — These things were our examples, to the intent we should not lust after evil things, as they also lusted.

I would have you without carefulness. — Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.

Jeremiah 10:23. Matthew 26:39. Psalm 131:2. Romans 8:26,27. Matthew 20:22. Psalm 106:15. 1 Corinthians 10:6. 1 Corinthians 7:32. Isaiah 26:3.

Walk in newness of life

Walk in newness of life. Romans 6:4

As ye have yielded your members servants to uncleanness and to iniquity unto iniquity; even so now yield your members servants to righteousness unto holiness. — I beseech you, … brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind.

If any man be in Christ he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. — In Christ Jesus neither circumcision availeth anything, nor uncircumcision, but a new creature. And as many as walk according to this rule, peace be on them, and mercy. —This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that ye henceforth walk not as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind. — Ye have not so learned Christ; if so be that ye have heard him, and have been taught by him, as the truth is in Jesus. Put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.

Romans 6:19. Romans 12:1,2. 2 Corinthians 5:17. Galatians 6:15,16. Ephesians 4:17. Ephesians 4:20,21,24.