Cemetery scenes; photo by GAC "Christ was sent not to mend wounded people or wake sleepy people or advise confused people or inspire bored people but to raise dead people." Dane Ortlund, Gentle and Lowly: The Heart of Christ for Sinners and Sufferers. Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2020, page 175.
Lord of Life, you are turning the ground green around me. The warming sun and the nourishing rain are renewing the life of the soil. The birds of the warm months are all returning -- the alien starlings in their noisy multitudes, the fierce-eyed, raucous grackles, too. Even the nighthawks, the dark-sky hunters are in … Continue reading Prayer Note #51 — A Prayer of Longing for a Spiritual Springtime
Religion brings death. New birth in Christ brings life. Religion is what human beings do to try to climb up to God, and that is a hopeless endeavor. It kills the soul. Faith in Jesus Christ is not something we do. It is pure gift from God. Faith in Jesus Christ requires a complete conversion … Continue reading Sermon #31 — The Spirit of Religion vs. the New Life in Christ — 1 John 2:28-3:3