The Principle of Replacement

For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death. For God has done what the law, weakened by the flesh, could not do. By sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and for sin, he condemned sin in the flesh,

Romans 8.2-3

My pastor spoke today about what he referred to as the principle of replacement: God’s righteousness replaces our sinful nature.

How I wish for God’s love to replace our hate in today’s world. Continue reading The Principle of Replacement

First world problems

Today, I saw a news story about a motorcycle rider who was pronounced dead after an accident, and another about a man who died after being shot over a parking spot at Target. I wondered why Facebook did not have a “Praying” or “Prayers” reaction or something of the sort for sad news other than the “Sad” icon. No, I am obviously not as ingenious as Zuckerberg and his team of talented individuals who manage Facebook and keep it running with just about no glitches, but I think there ought to be a more appropriate reaction than “Like” or “Sad” for such sad news on Facebook. Continue reading First world problems

Jonah’s Rage – Giving Up Control

But God said to Jonah, “Do you do well to be angry for the plant?” And he said, “Yes, I do well to be angry, angry enough to die.” And the Lord said, “You pity the plant, for which you did not labor, nor did you make it grow, which came into being in a night and perished in a night. And should not I pity Nineveh, that great city, in which there are more than 120,000 persons who do not know their right hand from their left, and also much cattle?”
Jonah 4:9-11

A quick background story: God had sent Jonah on a sort of ‘special op’ – into dangerous territory, to deliver a not-so-friendly message. Continue reading Jonah’s Rage – Giving Up Control