HOLINESS REVISITED

Last Thursday morning we diverted a bit from going through the chapter on holiness by AW Tozer and watched a video by John Piper on God's holiness.  If you missed seeing it, or would like to watch it again, you can go to this link  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ItDuC8AS7YY. One of the great quotes from this 30 minute video is this:  "God's holiness is his infinite value as the absolutely unique, morally perfect, permanent person that he is and who by grace made himself accessible--his infinite value as the absolutely unique, morally perfect, permanent person that he is.  And now my prayer for this generation becomes not simply that you become a generation impassionate for God's holiness, but that you become a generation passionate for God's supreme infinite value.  And that will sever the root of all lesser joys."

Take some time to reread the chapter on holiness in The Attributes of God and then go on to explore what great men of God have said about God's holiness.  Even though we can't completely grasp any one attribute of God, we should be pushing ourselves beyond contentment with what we already know in order to know God better and serve Him with a more passionate heart.

See you Thursday morning.  Don't forget Amanda is faithfully caring for the little ones so that moms are free to have a challenge of the heart.

HOLINESS? WHAT IS THAT?

Just a couple of days after the Living Nativity I traveled to LA to help Ezra and Heather with their new little Luke (pictured below) who was born on Thanksgiving Day.  One of the most delightful privileges in the world would have to be holding a new born grandbaby.  Just look at those sweet innocent eyes and little mouth that hasn't said anything unkind to anyone.  

While studying this week to teach about the holiness of God, I thought about how difficult it is for us to really grasp purity that is beyond that of a little newborn.  Yet, as AW Tozer said, our ideas about holiness and purity are but a dingy gray compared to the pure white of God's holiness.   Consider this: "If there is one attribute of God that stands above all others, it has to be holiness.  Jonathan Edwards said, 'A true love of God must begin with delight in His holiness, and not with a delight in any other attribute; for no other attribute is truly lovely without this.'  And yet, how do we develop a 'delight' in holiness: It is 'foreign soil' for us fallen, sinful creatures.  Tozer found it difficult to preach about, because he sensed that he could never do it justice."  The Attributes of God, AW Tozer, pg. 85 in the study notes. Wow, what a challenge for us to discuss the holiness of God this coming Thursday morning.  I'll look forward to seeing you at 9:30. If you are interested in helping to plan a Girls Night Out for January 29th, please let me our Ruth know.  Thanks.

While studying this week to teach about the holiness of God, I thought about how difficult it is for us to really grasp purity that is beyond that of a little newborn.  Yet, as AW Tozer said, our ideas about holiness and purity are but a dingy gray compared to the pure white of God's holiness.  

Consider this: "If there is one attribute of God that stands above all others, it has to be holiness.  Jonathan Edwards said, 'A true love of God must begin with delight in His holiness, and not with a delight in any other attribute; for no other attribute is truly lovely without this.'  And yet, how do we develop a 'delight' in holiness: It is 'foreign soil' for us fallen, sinful creatures.  Tozer found it difficult to preach about, because he sensed that he could never do it justice."  The Attributes of God, AW Tozer, pg. 85 in the study notes.

Wow, what a challenge for us to discuss the holiness of God this coming Thursday morning.  I'll look forward to seeing you at 9:30.

If you are interested in helping to plan a Girls Night Out for January 29th, please let me our Ruth know.  Thanks.

BEYOND CHIRSTMAS

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As we celebrate the amazing and miraculous birth of Christ, may we never forget that His ultimate plan and goal was to die for us so that we could live forever with Him. 1 John 3:5 “You know that he appeared in order to take away sins, and in him there is no sin.” Take a couple of minutes to listen to this wonderful song by the Ball Brothers;  it gives us a Biblically proper perspective concerning Christmas.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TYSJj-EHAAk

I’ll look forward to seeing you this coming weekend at the Living Nativity.