Made Beautiful (Veltanelle)

The glory and grandeur of God is seen
In stellar artistry;
No one is deaf to the voices pristine
That sound His majesty.
The fringes of His ways we barely grasp,
While He does more than we can think or ask.

By Holy Breath the heavens were made fair;
By Him they gained their draw.
He made them marvelous so He could share
His delight in it all.
Even we, who so deeply marred by sin,
Are for Him made to be delighted in.

From glory to glory, as in a glass
We look upon our face;
He shows us that from death to life we’ve passed
And helps us run the race.
The delight of the Third in Trinity
Is fitting us for life eternally.

3-23-2015

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Doctrine of the Holy Spirit: Creation

We continued our series on the doctrine of the Holy Spirit by looking at the Spirit’s role in creation. The Bible shows us that the Spirit gives life (Genesis 2:7) and beauty (Job 26:13) to all of God’s creation, and He does a parallel work in giving life (John 3:5-8) and beauty (2 Corinthians 3:18) in the New Creation.

You can listen to the audio and read my teaching notes here.

Doctrine of the Holy Spirit – Introduction

We began a new Sunday School series at Grace Community Church on the doctrine of the Holy Spirit. This class was the introduction to the series, looking the biblical foundation for the personality and divinity of the Spirit, dangers to avoid in studying the Spirit, and the benefits and fruit from studying the Holy Spirit.

My recorder ran out of space, so there’s no audio, but my notes are here.

The Illusion of Nirvana

Desire fulfilled is sweet to the taste, but fools hate to turn from evil. Proverbs 13:19 HCSB

What the wicked dreads will come to him, but what the righteous desires will be given to him. Proverbs 10:24 HCSB

The desire of the righteous turns out well, but the hope of the wicked leads to wrath. Proverbs 11:23 HCSB

Take delight in Yahweh, and He will give you your heart’s desires. Psalm 37:4 HCSB

One of the primary tenets of Buddhism is the renunciation of all desire. Desire is the root of evil in the world, and therefore, eliminating desire eliminates evil. Nirvana, then, is the completion of this process of renunciation. Ravi Zacharias, in his excellent book The Lotus and the Cross: Jesus Talks with Buddha, has the Buddha describe this “enlightenment” this way: Continue reading “The Illusion of Nirvana”