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Marble’s Monday Menagerie 04.04.12

My seminary friend writes blogs of a more erudite nature.  This one is on the Biblical veracity of church membership.

For all you math geeks and lovers who find Fibonacci sequence proof of the existence of an intelligent creator God.

I will walk or take the train while in Poland.

There is nothing worse than talking to people who don’t know how to talk to people.

Even Richard Dawkins has to reconcile the fact the universe is something rather than nothing.

Pastors, be available for your church.

I wonder if the Iranian regime will listen.

Chase Kingdom things.

The Immutability of God

The Immutability of God

Immutability is one of the Divine perfections which is not sufficiently pondered.  It is one of the excellencies of the Creator which distinguishes Him from all His creatures.  God is perpetually the same; subject to no change in His being, attributes, or determinations.  Therefore God is compared to a rock (Deut. 32:4, etc.) which remains immovable, when the entire ocean surrounding it is continually in a fluctuating state; even so, thought all creatures are subject to change, God is immutable.  Because God has no beginning and no ending, He can know no change.  He is everlasting “the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning” (James 1:17).

First, God is immutable in His essence.  His nature and being are infinite, and so subject to no mutations.  There never was a time when He was not; there never will come a time when He shall cease to be.  God has neither evolved, grown, nor improved.  All that He is today, He has ever been, and ever will be.  “I am the Lord, I change not” (Mal. 3:6) is His own unqualified affirmation.  He cannot change for the better, for He is already perfect; and being perfect, He cannot change for the worse.

Second, God is immutable in His attributes.  Whatever the attributes of God were before the universe was called into existence, they are precisely the same now, and will remain so forever.  Semper idem (always the same) is written across every one of them.  His power is unabated, His wisdom undiminished, His holiness unsullied.  The attributes of God can no more change than Deity can cease to be. His veracity is immutable, for His Word is “forever settled in heaven” (Psalm 119:89).

(Pink, The Attributes of God, 37-38)

Starting Over

How many times have you wanted to start over?  Have you ever wanted to erase everything and do it again?

Kind of an interesting idea when you think about it.  You can keep all the wisdom and knowledge you currently possess and give it another go.  But we can’t really do it can we.  When the urge comes to reset the clock on the old human hard drive, we have to do some major retooling in our brains and souls to have a fresh start.

So many times I have heard the Bible verse which talks about Father giving us a new heart and putting a new spirit on us.  It is an awesome idea.  The verse is “I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh” (Ezekiel 36:26).

In reading through Ezekiel this B90X2012, that same idea of new heart and spirit popped up twice before the chapter 36 reference.

“I will give them an undivided heart and put a new spirit in them; I will remove from them their heart of stone and give them a heart of flesh” (Ezekiel 11:19) and “Rid yourselves of all the offenses you have committed, and get a new heart and a new spirit. Why will you die, people of Israel?” (Ezekiel 18:31).

In looking up the word “new,” on all occasions it is the word chadas. It doesn’t mean anything other than what it is- ‘new, fresh.’

So according to the word of God, it is possible to get a fresh start.  I like that.  Just like his mercies are new every morning, we can have a fresh outlook, a brand new perspective on how things will go that day.  We can love folks, forgive folks, walk away from ugly situations with a different perspective on it all.

The “New” Testament reiterates this idea over and over- new wine, new teaching, new tongues, new believers, new way, new body, new creation, new humanity, new self, new covenant, new birth, new heaven and a new earth.  Thank you Jesus.

Eternity matters!

It isn’t just another article about young people fleeing the church.

Eternity, past and future, is a real deal.   Something we must all reckon with. The truth about eternity is not subjective, is not circumstantial, and is not a ‘soup du jour.’

There are lots of reasons why the crew Thomas Rainer calls “The Bridger Generation,” is less likely to attend a church on a regular basis.  His data says that anyone born between the years 1977 and 1994 have a 4% chance of have a substantial lifestyle of faith including church participation.

Tragic.  Church attendance isn’t the tragedy as much as how secular and post-modern our culture is becoming.

If you are a Christ-follower, how do you respond to this article?  Are his points valid?  What are you doing to apply your Christ-followership to ‘make disciples?’ What are you doing to change ‘old school’ perceptions while keeping fundamentals of the faith? How are you Christ in the flesh to your school, neighborhood, factory, family, and community?

You are the salt of the earth.  This is a statement of fact.  Become what you are.

From Formula to Relationship

Our false self demands a formula before he’ll engage; he wants a guarantee of success; and mister, you aren’t going to get one. So there comes a time in a man’s life when he’s got to break away from all that and head off into the unknown with God. This is a vital part of our journey and if we balk here, the journey ends.

Before the moment of Adam’s greatest trial God provided no step-by-step plan, gave no formula for how he was to handle the whole mess. That was not abandonment; that was the way God honored Adam. You are a man; you don’t need me to hold you by the hand through this. You have what it takes. What God did offer Adam was friendship. He wasn’t left alone to face life; he walked with God in the cool of the day, and there they talked about love and marriage and creativity, what lessons he was learning and what adventures were to come. This is what God is offering to us as well. As Oswald Chambers says,

There comes the baffling call of God in our lives also. The call of God can never be stated explicitly; it is implicit. The call of God is like the call of the sea, no one hears it but the one who has the nature of the sea in him. It cannot be stated definitely what the call of God is to, because his call is to be in comradeship with himself for his own purposes, and the test is to believe that God knows what he is after. (My Utmost for His Highest, emphasis added)

The only way to live in this adventure-with all its danger and unpredictability and immensely high stakes-is in an ongoing, intimate relationship with God. The control we so desperately crave is an illusion. Far better to give it up in exchange for God’s offer of companionship, set aside stale formulas so that we might enter into an informal friendship.

(Wild at Heart , John Eldredge,  p.  213-14)