Birthday Joy: Finding joy is a good thing. What makes me happy? What do I find fulfilling? While these questions can lead one astray, no doubt, they are good questions so long as they are answered within certain bounds. Sometimes what brings a person joy can be something quite simple. Lately, I’ve been taking birthday money to buy really nice, special bags of coffee. I will not drink these from day to day, but instead, just dip into them every few days when I want a special cup of coffee. My goal is to eventually have 15-20 bags. I’m currently at seven. It has been a lot of fun.
Church According to a 4-year Old: Our Rhema brought her doll to church for the first time yesterday. When she got out of the van, she and the doll had a conversation about it being the doll’s first time attending church (I know that it is not a building, but work with me here). The doll then “asked”: “What is church?” I told Rhema that she needed to answer the question (I wanted to see what she would say). Her response: “Church is a place where you learn about Jesus. He is anywhere you want him to be.” Not bad!
Pastor Jason in the Sermon: “There is a huge difference between ‘I am one who serves God’ rather than ‘I am one whom God serves.’” This reminds me of what C.S. Lewis writes: “There are only two kinds of people in the end: those who say to God, ‘Thy will be done,’ and those to whom God says, in the end, ‘Thy will be done.’ All that are in Hell, choose it. Without that self-choice, there could be no Hell. No soul that seriously and constantly desires joy will ever miss it.”
Finished This Book: I just finished this book and it is a gem: Finding Truth: 5 Principles for Unmasking Atheism, Secularism, and Other God Substitutes. It is an extremely valuable read concerning biblical worldview. After spending time with Francis Schaeffer at L‘Abri decades ago, Pearcey eventually emerged as a Christian that was convinced that no worldview can hold a candle to the Christian worldview in terms of answering all of the fundamental questions about reality, ethics, and life. To use the phrase, Christianity’s “explanatory power” is far superior to all other counterfeit worldviews.
Reading Now: I am currently reading a book by C.S. Lewis that I have never read. Within a few years, I want to have read most if not all that he wrote, especially as it relates to the Christian faith. I am very much enjoying Reflections on the Psalms. You won’t be disappointed although it is not quite what I expected.