Who chooses what is important to us? Is it You, Lord? or Are we the ones who are in control? Help us, Lord, not to pay lip-service to You - without really opening our hearts to You and giving You first place in our lives.
We thank You, Lord, for “Your steadfast love” (Psalm 36:5,7,10). Your love is the best love. It’s the greatest love of all. Your love is very wonderful. We rejoice in Your love. We are amazed at Your love. We look at Jesus, Your Son, crucified for us, and we say, “Amazing love, how can it be that Thou, my God, shouldst die for me?” Jesus died for us. Now, He lives in us. In love, You are leading us on into Your future – on to “fullness of joy in Your presence” (Psalm 16:11).
"My purpose, and I believe it is a justified purpose, has been to
present the method and the structure of a theological system written
from an apologetic point of view and carried through in a continuous
correlation with philosophy ... A help in answering questions: this is
exactly the purpose of this theological system." (Paul Tillich, Systematic Theology, three volumes in one, The University of Chicago, 1967, xi-xii). Comment -
We live in a world where we will be asked questions. We must "always be
ready to give a defence to anyone who asks us for a reason for the hope
that is in us" (1 Peter 3:15).
"Theology, as a function of the Christian church, must serve the needs of the church. A theological system is supposed to satisfy two basic needs, the statement of the truth of the Christian message and the interpretation of this truth for every new generation. Theology moves back and forth between two poles, the eternal truth of its foundation and the tem…
We need to be changed by the Lord.
was ‘a valley of dry bones’ (Ezekiel 37:1-2). Then, the Lord changed
everything - ‘I will cause breath to enter you, and you shall live’
What a difference the Lord makes! ‘Breathe on me, Breath of God. Fill me with life anew’ (Church Hymnary, 103).
What happens when the Spirit of the Lord breathes new life into the
Church of God? - ‘The Church that seemed in slumber has now risen from
its knees and dry bones are responding with the fruits of new birth’.
‘Holy Spirit, we welcome You. Let the breeze of Your presence flow that
Your children here might truly know how to move in the Spirit’s flow...
Holy Spirit, we welcome You. Please accomplish in us today some new
work of loving grace, we pray. Unreservedly, have Your way. Holy Spirit,
we welcome You’ (Mission Praise, 274,241). The Lord changes us when He forgives our sin.
are not to pray to God with superficial words that don’t mean very much
to us. Our prayer is to be a…