God & prayer: If God Knows The Future, Why Pray? by Derek Ouellette
“‘If God knows the future, why bother praying for something? Isn’t it already settled?’ It’s a good question, but it’s one that makes a philosophical assumption. The question assumes that God knows the future.”
Holocaust: Nobel Laureate Elie Wiesel on His Fear of Being the Last Holocaust Witness
“Nobel Peace Prize winner and Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel … talks to Rob Verger about the fear of being the last one to bear witness to the crimes of the Nazis, and why the world still hasn’t learned the lessons of the past.”
Humility: 22 Ways to Humble Ourselves by Mark Altrogge
“Christians should be the most humble people on earth.”
Job & Satan: Tremper Longman on the Identity of “Satan” in Job and the ‘Patience of Job’
“It is much more likely that this figure [in Job 1] is one of God’s angelic associates, who takes the position of a devil’s advocate, so to speak, but not Satan himself. True, Satan gets his name from the fact that he is the ultimate accuser, the ultimate adversary, but that does not make all accusers Satan. Nor is all accusation evil. This accuser is about to challenge Job’s authenticity as a God-fearer, and at this point it is not yet clear whether he is making an accurate accusation. Thus the accuser is a member of the heavenly court, an agent of Yahweh, who is reporting on his patrolling through the earth. The human analogy would be a spy’s reporting to his commander what he has discovered during his latest mission.”
This week’s theme in MoSt’s Church‘s 2012 church-wide Bible reading project – the Uncommon Truth for Common People project – is humility. Each week’s theme and Scriptures are discussed in our Wednesday night auditorium class at 7:00 p.m.
• Mon., Sept. 3 – Matthew 11.25-30; 18.1-5
• Tues., Sept. 4 – Luke 14.7-24
• Wed., Sept. 5 – Philippians 2.1-16
• Thur., Sept. 6 – Proverbs 9.10-12; 11.2; 15.33; 22.4
• Fri., Sept. 7 – 2 Corinthians 12.5-10; Colossians 3.1-12
This week’s memory verse is: “When pride comes, so does shame, but wisdom brings humility.” (Proverbs 11.2)
But he gives us more grace. This is why it says, God stands against the proud, but favors the humble. (James 4:6 CEB)
What more could God give us? He’s given us our life. He’s gives us his longing for us. But now James says that as God works his way through the crowd of humanity, God intently looks for us. He pushes out of his way those who run to embrace him, but who do so only for show or without real heart. He’s looking for us - for us! – the ones on whom he will shower his special love and care. And when we meet, he does just that. Powerfully. Personally. Perfectly.
It just doesn’t get any better than this. And yet it does. For “he gives us more …“
But it gets even better because God gives us even more grace. As the Scripture says, “God keeps the proud at arm’s length, but he embraces the humble.” (James 4:6 DSV)
Who am I, Father, to be given your perfect love? What can I say? How can I thank you or ever love you back so? I will do the only thing I can do: love you with my whole life for all of my life. Forever and ever. Amen.