STEVE'S BLOG

Archive for October, 2006

  • Reformation Day

    October 31, 2006
    • Comments

      0
     

    On this day in 1517 Martin Luther posted his 95 Theses to the church door in Wittenberg, thus igniting a firestorm within the Catholic church and causing a huge upheaval of distrust in Papal authority. Unable to bear up under the crushing weight of a holy God’s righteous demands, nor able to appease his conscience by strenuous works and penance, Luther finally saw the truth of the gospel in the Apostle Paul’s letter to the Romans. “I am not ashamed of the gospel because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes: first for the [...]

    • Comments

      0
     

    I can’t remember the last time I read a book and wept. In part, my tears were from deep conviction. I long to be free from narcissism, fear, dogmatism and the tendency to hide. And partly the tears flowed from a sense of relief. My sin and failure make my story a gospel story rather than merely a successful story or a helpful story. My story of foolishness, redemption, reconciliation and restoration is the canvas that God uses to paint the portrait of His grace. Redemption requires brokenness and brokenness contains both confidence and openness that come from revealing the [...]

  • Your need of Him…

    October 25, 2006
    • Comments

      0
     

    I must confess that often, while listening to a sermon, or reading a book, or singing in worship, one phrase or line seems to grab my heart and open up a whole new stream of thought. Perhaps by the end of the meeting I can’t tell you all that was said, but I have pages of notes and scribbled thoughts spurred by just one new insight. Surely I’m not the only one. Maybe you too have been hit by one such line and been unable to think of much else.Do you remember the hymn, “Come Ye Sinners, Poor and Needy”? [...]

  • The idol of choice

    October 3, 2006
    • Comments

      0
     

    I have good friends who deal on a daily basis with the symptoms of Attention Deficit Disorder. Things like distractibility, short attention span, impulsivity or restlessness. The only proper response is compassion and understanding. This morning, it dawned on me that most all of us suffer from another variety of attention deficit. Our souls are concave, self-absorbed, longing for attention. The cry of our hearts is, “please notice me and love me.” That cry is legitimate. We are made for intimacy and desperate for it. In the beginning, God expressed his glorious generosity saying, “Let us make man in our [...]