HOW WELL DO YOU KNOW THE CHARACTER OF GOD?

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Mark and I recently enjoyed a conference at Cannon Beach for pastors and wives.  What a refreshing and happy time for couples.  Consider someone you love deeply; now imagine yourself coldly analyzing their character. No, this actually doesn’t work because we have happy and beautiful responses as we think of their attributes.

For sure the study of the attributes of God should be far from a dry academic pursuit.  Rather, it should put passion into our souls, awe into our prayers, and tears into our eyes.  Ponder on these two quotes from the Session One lesson in the back of our books—The Attributes of God by A.W. Tozer.

“Christianity at any given time is strong or weak depending upon her concept of God.  And I insist upon this and I have said it many times, that the basic trouble with the Church today is her unworthy conception of God.”

“It is vitally important that we think soundly about God.  Since He is the foundation of all our religious beliefs, it follows that if we err in our ideas of God, we will go astray on everything else.”

In just one week we will begin our Ladies Bible Study again on Thursday mornings at 9:30 in the Fireside room.  Won’t you plan to join us as we strengthen the foundation of all we believe by studying the attributes of God? If you don’t already have a book, you can pick one up in the foyer at church this Sunday.  Plan to read through Session One in the back of the book before next Thursday.

THOUGHTS ON REAL GOODNESS

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I have a very good husband who spoiled me on my birthday recently with many surprises like a delightful kayak trip around the harbor.  After 48 years of marriage I can truly say that he is a wonderfully good person.  But, now let's stretch our minds a bit to try to grasp what the goodness of God looks like.  Once again I have a great quote for you from A.W. Tozer.

"If God had goodness, but there was one spot in God that wasn't good, then He wouldn't be our God and Father.  If God had love but didn't have all the love, just ninety-nine and nine-tenths percent of the love--God still wouldn't be God.  God, to be God, must be infinite in all that He is.  He must have no bound and no limit, no stopping place, no point beyond which He can't go.  When you think of God or anything about God you'll have to think infinitely about God.

You may have a charley horse in your head for two weeks after trying to follow this, but it's a mighty good cure for this little cheap god we have today.  This little cheap god we've made up is one you can pal around with--"the Man upstairs," the fellow who helps you win baseball games.  That god isn't the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.  He isn't the God who laid the foundations of the heaven and the earth; he's some other god."   Tozer, The Attributes of God, Vol. 1, pg. 7.

September 21st (Thursday morning, 9:30-11) we will begin the Ladies Bible Study which will sink us deep into the attributes of God.  Plan to join us.  Books are available in the foyer at Discovery Baptist.  

WORSHIPING THE CREATION, OR THE CREATOR

                                                  The solar eclipse photographed from our home.

                                                  The solar eclipse photographed from our home.

This past Monday thousands of people were awed by a rare solar eclipse.  In our increasingly secular society this event generally brought great attention to the amazing happening itself, but, stopped short of extending that focus to the One who brought it about--namely God.  The awe we should have of such a powerful Being who would cause this beautiful event to happen becomes over-ridden by the eclipse itself,.  In other words we tend to dead end at the very place our thoughts and words should be going on to the Creator of it all--in wonder and awe of Him.  One of His amazing attributes is that He is infinite.  Can we put our heads around that idea?

Here is a great quote that should help us expand our thoughts on infinity just a bit.  "C.S. Lewis said that if you could think of a sheet of paper infinitely extended in all directions, and if you took a pencil and made a line one inch long on it, that would be time.  When you started to push your pencil it was the beginning of time and when you lifted it off the paper it was the end of time.  And all around, infinitely extended in all directions, is God"  This is the One who made the eclipse happen.