John Bunyan’s exclamation in the 17th century is extremely applicable now in the 21st century. It has been said that we have even forgotten how to blush. We tend to live life in a manner that knows no shame. In fact, we fulfill the Scriptures by glorying in our shame.
At times we find ourselves using words so frequently that they become flippant verbiage. Our culture especially loves using descriptive words repeatedly so that they lose what should be an intensive thrust. We are constantly on the lookout for the next magic word to punctuate our thoughts.
It is akin to taking a yellow highlighter to a new book and highlighting every single word. When everything is highlighted, nothing is highlighted. Or, when every word is emphasized, nothing is emphasized.
Here are seven words which Christians need to recapture the weightiness of their original definitions – especially as they relate to God. The list in in alphabetic order and not by degree of weight. You can reorder them that way if you like.
But if it is by the finger of God that I cast out demons, then the kingdom of God has come upon you.
After these words, Jesus spoke of the strong man who is overcome by one who is stronger. That strong man is described as fully armed and is safe so long as one stronger does not attack.
In this context, we should understand this strong man as the evil one himself. The devil is powerful. But God is all powerful or omnipotent. Even with his full array of armor, he cannot withstand the power of God.
For some reason I continue to be surprised at the inability of modern folks to carry on a mindful conversation. Not only is this evident by some of the destinations reached by modern minds, but is becoming increasingly clear by the paths taken to get to those destinations.
Darryl Cornett is a pastor, historian and former seminary professor. He has written a very informative article asking the question as to whether a fundamental connection exists between Islam and terrorism. His concluding paragraphs are quoted below. You should read the rest of the article to see why he arrives at the conclusion that he does.
The article begins by tracing the founding of Islam and then examines what the Quran teaches about Jihad. Cornett goes on to look at the issue of war in the Old Testament and President Obama’s recent comments at the National Prayer Breakfast.
This is the heron that snacked on the duckling pictured here. He stood between 3 to 4 feet tall.
(Taken with iPhone camera February 6, 2015 in my backyard in Boynton Beach, Florida.)