Archive for December, 2009

The Meaning of Christmas

December 24, 2009

One night long ago, the real King of All comes to earth to put down the rebellion.

His is a curious way.

Death is the penalty for high treason, so the King calls for justice. The sentence is carried out, and he dies in our place.

This is the “good news of great joy that will be for all the people.” (Luke 2)

Limping As You Dance For Joy

December 22, 2009

“Have you heard God’s blessing in your inmost being? Are the words “You are my beloved child, in whom I delight” an endless source of joy and strength?

Have you sensed, through the Holy Spirit, God speaking them to you? That blessing – the blessing through the Spirit that is ours through Christ – is what Jacob received, and it is the only remedy against idolatry. Only that blessing makes idols unneccesary.

As with Jacob, we usually discover this only after a life of ‘looking for blessing in all the wrong places.’ It often takes an experience of crippling weakness for us to finally discover it. That is why so many of the most God-blessed people limp as they dance for joy.” – Timothy Keller, Counterfeit Gods (New York, NY: Penguin Group, 2009), 164.

(ht- Josh Etter)

A Quick Question

December 13, 2009

Is it possible to love someone while at the same time trying to prove how right you are?