The Works of the Lord

by John StottFirst, the works of the Lord are to be the subjects of our study. Listen to Psalm 111:2 (RSV), to which I will refer again later: “Great are the works of the Lord, studied (NIV says “pondered”) by all who have pleasure in them.” Or Psalm 77:12: “I will meditate on all your works and consider all your mighty deeds.”I think it was Sir Francis Bacon, the seventeenth-century essayist, who was the first to say that “God has, in fact, written two books, not just one. Of course, we … [Read more...]

Prayer, Our True Home

by Eugene PetersonTrembling is not, as outsiders so often think, being scared in the presence of God. It is something more like a holy playfulness, like faith frolicking. "Nature" is commonly viewed as a vast mathematical structure of cause and effect, the skies and oceans governed by rod-of-iron rules. Anyone who dares defy them is broken in pieces like a potter's vessel. According to the iron rod of gravity, for instance, my leg shatters when I fall out of a tree.  According to the iron … [Read more...]

Of Sacraments and Idols

by Eugene PetersonBut when we return to such natural settings in order to recover such feelings, what ordinarily happens is that we become more attentive to our feelings than to God. We have crossed a line. We are not praying but "using" nature to produce religious feelings. By engaging in the proper rituals and with a little of bit of luck we can manipulate nature for selfish benefit.This is the origin of the antiprayer called magic. Prayer is willingness practiced before God; magic is … [Read more...]

Creation & The Psalms

by Eugene Peterson When Israel went out from Egypt, the house of Jacob from a people of strange language, Judah became his sanctuary, Israel his dominion. The sea looked and fled; Jordan turned back. The mountains skipped like rams, the hills like lambs. What ails you, O sea, that you flee? O Jordan, that you turn back? O mountains, that you skip like rams? O hills, like lambs? Tremble, O earth, at the presence of the Lord, at the presence of the God of Jacob, who turns the rock … [Read more...]

Joyful, Joyful

"Make a joyful noise to the LORD, all the earth; break forth into joyous song and sing praises!" (Psalm 98:4 ESV)"Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you." (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 ESV) “The logic of cross and resurrection, of the new creation which gives shape to all truly Christian living, points in a different direction. And one of the central names for that direction is joy: the joy of relationships he … [Read more...]

The Vision of Narnia

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by Dean OhlmanIt was in preparation for this post that I first saw the amazing parallel between Psalm 148:1-6, 11-13 and Revelation 5:5:11-13. Each passage offers hymns of praise to the Creator--the Psalm written almost a thousand years before the first coming of Messiah and the Revelation envisioning a celebration in heaven as Messiah ("the Lamb who was slain") is honored before His coming back to earth to reign forever as Lord of the universe.KEY SCRIPTURE: Praise the LORD from the … [Read more...]

Nature’s Dictionary

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by Chuck SummersOne of the primary reasons Rob and I started this blog site over three years ago was to help people see God in and through His Creation. Both the Old and New Testament teach us that God makes Himself known through the world He has made. Our lives are enriched spiritually by contact with nature. Creation is, in fact, one of God's primary ways of speaking to us.This past week, while reading Psalm 36, I was reminded that Creation also helps us speak to God. Pay close … [Read more...]


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