Exodus Update & Other Odds and Ends

21 May

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The next part in the Exodus series has been uploaded onto the Resource page (both the audio and pdf files). Below are a couple excerpts:

“Not only does such idolatry hinder our relationship with God, our ministry to others, and our pursuit of holiness, but it also perverts each of these good things God has given us, and always leaves us wanting. They were not meant to be ultimate things.  In fact, the moment we set anything up to be god, we set ourselves up for disappointment, frustration, and failure.”

Finally the third thing to recognize in this passage is the preeminent place of God’s glory…When God’s glory is upheld as the most important thing, we become the beneficiaries.  It is out of a concern for His glory that God relents from wiping out the Israelites.  And in relenting, God reveals His mercy and grace, which serve to further glorify His name…Likewise, the first and foremost reason for Christ coming to earth, dying on a cross to save sinners, and rising from the dead to secure His victory over sin, death, and the devil was and is the glory of God..In mercy and grace, the glory of God reaches its apex, and in light of this, we become the recipients of these things in Christ.” 

 

Other Odds and Ends:

If you get a chance, check out this link to Common Ground of Central Illinois.  I recently had the privilege of having breakfast with Steve Waggoner, one of the local church leaders involved with the organization that is seeking to bring local churches together in their effort to be–in light of the Gospel–agents of mercy, grace, justice, and love to the community in which they exist.  I am personally encouraged by this, and hope to see similar things happening in other places, to the glory of God, the joy of believers, and the good of others.  

Also interesting is this article, written by Sandy Grant at The Briefing, on Robert Murray McCheyne and holiness. Worth a glance if you get the opportunity. 

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