August 23 2009
Sunday, August 22 2009
I've been reading and contemplating the posts by John Piper related to the tornado in Minneapolis and the vote of the ELCA to allow homosexual clergy. It's interesting to see people miss what he is actually saying, that disaster is a warning to all sinners to turn from approval of sin, and pounce on his viewpoint shared. I'm curious what your thoughts are. Here's the link to his original, and his follow-up. I'm inclined to agree with his conclusion, that calamity is a reminder to us all to repent. And I'm glad he doesn't turn all namby-pamby and start the “I'm so sorry I hurt some of your feelings by saying God causes and allows disasters to warn us about sin” nonsense. I'm personally tired of preachers that say what they understand the Bible to mean and then back up when someone says “That hurt my feelings!” Anyway, discuss your opinions, but be nice.
Proverbs 22:1-3 →If you fatten at the trough of the ruling parties, be wary. Very wary.
Proverbs 22:4-5 →When you've killed yourself for wealth, what have you gained? Nothing.
Proverbs 22:6-8 →Meals should be about more than food. They're about fellowship and relationship. About gathering with someone, not just piling on nutrition.
Proverbs 22:17-18 →There are those who have acquired much in terms of wealth, power, and prosperity, but they've done it wrongly. How do we respond to what they have? And how do you handle this in light of Romans 3:23, that points out we're all sinners? Don't be envious of anyone, neither of their wealth or poverty.
1 Peter 4:19 →Are you doing what is right and entrusting to the Creator the results? I struggle with this. I want to handle the results myself, and take whatever ends are necessary to get the results I want.
I hope you make the opportunity to gather with God's people today.