October 4, 2011
Caryn<br>Fantastic post!Â I'm very thankful that you were led by the Spirit to address this touchy topic.Â Thank you!<br>Chris Langkamp
And yet another physics story.....Â <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/sns-rt-us-nobel-physicstre7931et-20111004,0,3879251.story" rel="nofollow">http://www.chicagotribune.com/...</a>
Great commentary Caryn. Often times Me plus God equals a kind of theology which eventually breeds discontent. Â God seems is distant, silent, big and relatively unknowable, but fortunately He left us with a book. We somehow interpret this book as lifeâ€™s instruction manual. And we have our â€œfaithâ€, a commitment to a set of propositions which we attempt to hold on to fiercely. Some believe that the origins and words of the book are mostly cultural and try instead to follow the teachings or moral example of Jesus. In all these scenarios something critical is missing. The reality and tangible presence of the Holy Spirit. Jesus was tangible and vocal while on the earth. Yet He told his disciples; Â â€œit is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I go, I will send Him to you.â€ Â â€œWhen He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth; for He will not speak on His own initiative, but whatever He hears, He will speak; and He will disclose to you what is to come.â€ The Holy Spirit is an invisible person, He speaks, He is a helper, He is called the comforter. We cannot get along without the comforter. The fullness of the Spirit, walking in the Spirit, praying in the Spirit, the Power of the Spirit, the Gifts of the Spirit, even, as Paul says, singing in the Spirit are designed to give us comfort and direction. So often Luke says, â€œthe Holy Spirit saidâ€ â€œWhile they were ministering to the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, â€œSet apart for Me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.â€ Or â€œThis is what the Holy Spirit says: â€˜In this way the Jews at Jerusalem will bind the man who owns this belt and deliver him into the hands of the Gentiles.â€ This is the dimension of Pentecost which needs to be added to the equation, the supernatural fullness of the Holy Spirit.
Loved this! Thank you. I love that when we start with the certainty of God's goodness and love for usÂ our uncertainties about how the spiritual universe turn from fear to wonder.
God left us with the book of nature also, and the intelligence and capacity to learn and discover from it as well.Â For the Christian, the Spirit's guidance in andÂ through both books is vital.
Wonderful article. It brings to mind The verses from Habbakuk 3: <br><br>Though the fig tree does not bud <br>and there are no grapes on the vines,<br>though the olive crop fails<br>and the fields produce no food,<br>though there are no sheep in the pen<br>and no cattle in the stalls,<br><br>yet I will rejoice in the Lord,<br>I will be joyful in God my Savior.<br><br>The Sovereign Lord is my strength;<br>he makes my feet like the feet of a deer,<br>he enables me to go on the heights.<br><br>It also reminds me of a line I heard in a sermon, shortly after my son was diagnosed with autism: This is NOT all there is. <br>I cling to that sure hope when things are difficult.
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