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Daniel of Doulogos Name:Daniel
Home: Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
About Me: I used to believe that evolution was reasonable, that homosexuality was genetic, and that people became Christians because they couldn't deal with the 'reality' that this life was all there was. I used to believe, that if there was a heaven - I could get there by being good - and I used to think I was more or less a good person. I was wrong on all counts. One day I finally had my eyes opened and I saw that I was not going to go to heaven, but that I was certainly going to suffer the wrath of God for all my sin. I saw myself as a treasonous rebel at heart - I hated God for creating me just to send me to Hell - and I was wretched beyond my own comprehension. Into this spiritual vacuum Jesus Christ came and he opened my understanding - delivering me from God's wrath into God's grace. I was "saved" as an adult, and now my life is hid in Christ. I am by no means sinless, but by God's grace I am a repenting believer - a born again Christian.
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Sunday, October 16, 2005
Slithering Reptile
I had no idea my shaving my head would be so beneficial to the evolutionary progress of my blog - but c'est la vie.

I like the image - it seems to say, "You will surely not die..." - the subject of this morning's bible study.

The study was on how we fail to really trust in the truth that obeying God will bring us more joy than disobeying God. One of the main reasons Christians remain spiritually immature is because they wear themselves out trying to obey when they really don't want to obey from their heart. After failing for a while they simply start to make excuses for their failure, or presume that failure is normative - or worse, that their failure is in fact success - or as close to success as a Christian can get. The reality is that not only are we to live for God's glory, but we are supposed to find a great joy in doing so.

I like a study that ends in a challenge and this one did - the challenge was to get honest with God about where we really stand. To stop pretending we are such great Christians if we aren't, and to talk to God honestly about where we are at, and where we are not at, and why that is. To face soberly our inability - and to give it up to God for real.

I really enjoyed it.
posted by Daniel @ 11:25 PM  
2 Comments:
  • At 2:28 AM, October 17, 2005, Blogger Dan said…

    What was the passage you were studing on? It sounds like a really good study. It's a good thing to be thinking about as we go into the work week.

    v-word: xmhll - the next revised, proposed, poorly supported, yet promising web standard that I'll have to learn for my job.

     
  • At 7:36 AM, October 17, 2005, Blogger Daniel said…

    Dan - The study begins in Genesis 3:1-2 (the scene where Eve is tempted). The motive of Satan is explained in John 8:44 - Satan was a murderer from the beginning - that is, Satan is murdering Eve.

    It was a good study.

     
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