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Category Archives: Finding God’s Will

Series of articles on how to find the will of God

Hey, everybody, would you join me in praying for Izzy?

08-May-11

Izzy has cancer and needs us all to bring her name before the throne of grace.  The Lord responds when his people get together and pray for his blessings on one of our little sisters.  Would you join me in offering a word of prayer on her behalf?  It’s not because you personally know her, […]

My take on the TSA

29-Nov-10

I think the TSA is mostly just trying to do its job within the context of a society that has a wild superfluity of lawyers like Mississippi has kudzu.  TSA can’t do what’s obvious because giant swarms of lawyers are waiting to pounce.  So it does what every over-lawyered society inevitably does — it kicks […]

Following Jesus

14-Jan-10

Christ Jesus described the Christian life in the simplest of terms: Follow me.  Sometimes he elaborated on that and said for us to take up our crosses and follow him. At the time of his betrayal, all four evangelists record that Peter and certain women followed Jesus “afar off” or words to that effect.  (Mt […]

The statist mentality is repellent to true Christianity

17-Dec-09

When confronted with a charitable need, the statist reflexively supplicates the government: You must do something! he cries. But he himself does nothing because he feels no personal responsibility to do squat. Responsibilities are for others to shoulder, and the biggest shoulders he can think of are those of the government. The statist mentality seldom […]

Ever a lover of David

06-Oct-09

And Hiram sent to Solomon, saying, I have considered the things which thou sentest to me for: and I will do all thy desire…   (1 Kings 5:8) Hiram the Gentile king of Tyre is a fascinating type of the Gentile church, serving the son out of love for the father and supplying workers and […]

A life’s work

24-Sep-09

Who art thou, O great mountain? before Zerubbabel thou shalt become a plain: and he shall bring forth the headstone thereof with shoutings, crying, Grace, grace unto it. — Zechariah 4:7 The prophet Zechariah presents us with two men and a shared mission, Joshua and Zerubbabel.  Joshua is presented in chapter 3 as the hereditary […]

Net under the tightrope

28-Jun-09

For I know that the Lord is great, and that our Lord is above all gods. Whatsoever the Lord pleased, that did he in heaven, and in earth, in the seas, and all deep places.  (Ps 135:5-6) Something old The civilization of the historically Christian West, when it was at its best, it saw creation […]

Why would you care to know his will?

02-Jun-09

We… do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; that ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God.  Colossians 1:9-10 We […]

The role of faith

05-May-09

Faith is believing the word of God to the degree that you’re willing to act on it.  That’s the definition I’ve taught from church pulpits for many years, and it’s still true.  It presumes knowledge, requires trust, and demands action. The knowledge part of this is where most people believe they’re struggling, but I’m not […]

Some things God mostly won’t do, and one he will

02-May-09

James 1:5 If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.  (ESV) When people ask about the will of God during a period of important decision making, they’re usually asking about three different things, one of which God will help you […]

How to miss the will of God

26-Apr-09

Genesis 39:12  And she caught him by his garment, saying, Lie with me: and he left his garment in her hand, and fled, and got him out. The number of priests and pastors disgraced for sexual reasons is not small.  We’re aware of the ones who achieve national fame and then do a moral souffle, […]

How to find the will of God

21-Apr-09

1 Thessalonians 4:3a;  Matt 6:33 This subject is actually a lot simpler than we make it.  The reason it seems difficult is that we expect God’s will to speak directly on subjects that interest us but which interest him far less.  The sovereignty of God means there is no subject that is outside his will […]