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Catching God in One of His Grocery Store Parenting Moments

If you are a parent you know the moment…it is that moment when you have had enough. Your kid has done something for the umpteenth time and they have been at it for several hours. You finally hit your limit and you let them know it in the strongest possible terms…in public. Store patrons are aghast…what an evil parent. They probably act like this all the time! That poor child…are they abused at home? Assumptions fly and the broader context of what lead up to this moment goes unnoticed.

We cannot develop doctrines of God based on the grocery store moments of the Bible. God is incredibly patient but there is a point in time He will let you know He has had enough. This isn’t an indictment on God’s patience. It takes a lot to get Him there.

We see this in the wilderness wanderings after the exodus. God finally has enough and decides to destroy them all and Moses talks God out of it. We see this in the prophets when they warn of destruction. Read Isaiah 59. Verse 2 is where we get that verse about sins separating people from God. Whole doctrines hang on that verse about what sin does, seemingly any sin, to our relationship with God. Read the whole chapter. Read the whole book of Isaiah for that matter and see all that leads up to that moment!

You have to read all that leads up to these moments to understand why God finally says what He says and does what He does just like if you found out that before the grocery store that kid was beating against the back of the driver’s seat while being warned to stop, was yelling in the house and wouldn’t get dressed to get out the door or find their shoes…etc, etc. When you see that angry parent in the store be patient with them…this is not how they typically act and a lot has led up to that moment. The same is the case with God. This isn’t indicative of His wrath as much as it is His patience in all that led up to the moment where He finally has enough.

Do the Next Right Thing

Somethings things get complicated. It gets hard to make what seems to be the best decision. If you do this, someone gets hurt. If you do something else, someone else might get upset. It can drive you crazy trying to figure out what to do. Missy and I have this saying that we will oftenContinue Reading

Pharaoh’s First Words

“Afterward Moses and Aaron went to Pharaoh and said, “This is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: ‘Let my people go, so that they may hold a festival to me in the wilderness.’” Pharaoh said, “Who is the Lord, that I should obey him and let Israel go? I do not know theContinue Reading

Chosen By God: Two Extremes and Some Middle Ground

Just how much is God at work in the world? Is God responsible for all things or nothing at all? Is God involved in every detail of every happening or has God left us to fend for ourselves? There are two extreme positions to just how much God works in the world. On one sideContinue Reading

Logos Review: The Indelible Image By Ben Witherington

Take a New Testament theology and blend it with a commentary on the whole New Testament and then pull out the resulting ethical message of every New Testament writer in nearly every new Testament book and you get a 1700 page, 2 volume book of excellence that is “The Indelible Image” by Ben Witherington. ThisContinue Reading

The Resurrection of Abraham, Sarah and Isaac

God telling Abraham to sacrifice Isaac is a tough story. It brings up a lot of questions about God and a lot of questions about Abraham. We don’t get all of the answers but one of the answers we do get is found in Hebrews 11:17-19 in regard to what was going through Abraham’s mindContinue Reading

The Power of God’s Possession

One of the things that has been really helpful to me over the last few years has been the little word “of.” When you use that word you are talking about belonging. If something or someone is “of” something or someone…then it belongs to them. That little word of is in the phrase/name “Church ofContinue Reading

The Unseen Realm By Michael Heiser

I don’t usually start off book reviews like this but I want to encourage you to read Michael Heiser’s “The Unseen Realm.” My typical approach to a review is to tell you what I think about it and then leave you plenty of room to decide if it is something you should or shouldn’t read.Continue Reading

Why Do We Exist?

“In him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will, in order that we, who were the first to put our hope in Christ, might be for the praise of his glory. And you also were included in Christ whenContinue Reading

God Works All Things for the Good…

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters. And those he predestined, heContinue Reading

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