Saturday, May 21, 2011
"....the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved ME and gave himself for ME. "-Paul, Galatians
"There's always a danger in the Christian life of dealing only with generalities. The temptation is to float in the fog of general truths and general promises instead of seeing with laser sharpness the specificity of God's truth and God's promises. the truth is not just that all men are sinners and therefore we must be sinners too. The truth is I am a sinner and I sin, not in general, theoretical sins, but actual, condemnable, particular sins. Conversely, the promise of God's love is more than a general blanketing of good will toward all people, like the t-shirt that says, "Jesus loves you. Then again, he loves everybody." We need to know that God's love does not rest upon us at the end of a syllogism. He loves us--loves me, loves you--specifically, particularly, uniquely, and individually."-Kevin DeYoung, senior pastor University Reformed Church in East Lansing Michigan.