Theological Thursdays

Ok, so I'm a day late... I have a good reason... really. :) Which is why, before I dive in, I would like to ask who ever stumbles across this blog, to pray for my beloved, and our family.

On Wednesday my beloved called me from the Chyropractor's office - which is one town east. She was having difficulty seeing (blurry peripheral vision), and feelins light headed. I drove out to get her and then to the Family Practitioner's office. The doctor ordered a CT scan that night, which praise God \o/, came back normal. There are a lot of possibilities, but nothing for certain. Since then she's still had episodes where she is light headed, and there are some minor spikes in her blood preasure (low-mid 130's over mid to upper 80's). She is on some 'good' pain relievers, but that just leaves her semi out of commision. Anyway... that's all for now.

When I started thinking about "Musical Mondays", I also had the idea of starting a "Theologial Thursdays" thread of blog posts. This way, I know I am at least attempting to visit something resembling a Christian post once a week. LOL. Not really knowing where to start I decided to read, and review "Living the Cross Centered Life" by CJ Mahaney. I will not pretend to know, or have as much passion, about this subject as Mr. Mahaney, but in many ways I hope to draw close to his firey passion on this subject, in the hope that "sparks" may fall on me, and that perhaps God would use it to ignite a flame in my own heart as well.

This book is first is a follow on to the 'original' titled, "The Cross Centered Life: Keeping the Main Thing, the Main Thing", but where the original was an fresh start, this book helps delve into the practical. There are 14 Chapters, and I hope to review one a week.
The Forward in "Living the Cross Centered Life: Keeping the Main the Thing, the Main Thing" is written by Dr. Albert Mohler, in there he writes, "...reading this book will not be a safe and static experience."(1) How can it be? As we get ready to celebrate the arrival of Christ is the form of a human baby, I feel that it is of utmost importance to remember why it was that He came. The journey began when He was concieved by the Holy Spirit in Mary's womb, and the history began when he lay in that manager... but it ends with the culmiation of of God's plan of redemption, and payment for my (our) sins on the cross, and his resurection three days later. Through the history of the Lord Jesus we see a the plan and provision for a perfect Mediator to represent us before the throne of God.

As Dr. Mohler writes, "...this book is a manifesto for turning your world upside down." (2) I truly hope that this is the result in my own life... may God use these meager efforts to do the same with others.

Verse for today:
Romans 3:21-28, ESV:
But now the righteousness of God has been manifested apart from the law, although the Law and the Prophets bear witness to it— the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe. For there is no distinction: for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, whom God put forward as a propitiation by his blood, to be received by faith. This was to show God's righteousness, because in his divine forbearance he had passed over former sins. It was to show his righteousness at the present time, so that he might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.

Then what becomes of our boasting? It is excluded. By what kind of law? By a law of works? No, but by the law of faith. For we hold that one is justified by faith apart from works of the law.

(1) Mahaney, CJ (2006), Living the Cross Centered Life. Multinomah Books, 9 p.
(2) Mahaney, CJ (2006), Living the Cross Centered Life. Multinomah Books, 11 p.


Susan said...

Praying your wife is feeling better and all is well in your house.



samurai said...

Thank you Susan... we are still not sure what it is... and it seems to come and go...