In this episode Victor talks about his trip to Las Vegas where he got some nice opportunities to share the Gospel. We discuss his trip to discus evangelism on a more general level, like how to overcome your anxiety to evangelize or what it means to pray for divine appointments.
In this daily thoughts I try to shine a bit more light on the question I asked during the last Daily Thoughts: could we stop sinning?
Romans 6 is a nice piece of Scripture that talks about a lot of things, but also about being dead to sin. Paul starts Romans 6 with: ‘What then shall we say? Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound? May it never be!’ John Piper has a whole lot of sermons on Romans 6 and even more on the letter itself. In his series ‘Romans: the greatest letter ever written‘ he goes through the whole letter and tries to squeeze out as much teaching as possible. The sermon I was referring to can be found here.
God bless, keep on learning and enjoy the episode!
Great is His steadfast love. His faithfulness endures forever.
1 Praise the Lord, all nations!
Extol him, all peoples!
2 For great is his steadfast love toward us,
and the faithfulness of the Lord endures forever.
Praise the Lord!
Today’s text I picked is the shortest Psalm I know, Psalm 117. There are two big characteristics of God sandwiched between ‘praise to God’ in this Psalm: His steadfast love, which I discussed a bit more yesterday and His faithfulness. Not just faithfulness, but faithfulness that endures forever. for ever. That’s a long time.
Our human heads are not created to grasp the concept of endlessness, eternity. Even if we can somewhat imagine what eternity of Heaven would mean, we cannot understand what it means that God always was. Very existential questions start to come up like: was God ever lonely, is that why he created the universe with us in it? Why did God not create the earth 10000 years earlier? Things like that.
So His faithfulness. It endures forever and has lasted forever, if that’s correct English at all, I suppose you get what I mean. Why would God be faithful at all to us tiny sinning creatures? We can’t even be trustworthy to each other? Because God loved the world (John 3:16) and He loved us first (1 John 4:19), that’s why we love and can say: Praise to God. Note to self: I should read 1 John, I think it’s a great book, but I never read it front to back.
Anyway, I thought this was a nice one to end the week with. Thanks to my buddy and brother in Christ Victor Nunez for challenging me, it was a very enlightening experience indeed. God bless and see you soon.
Today’s text I picked is Psalm 90: 14
14 Satisfy us in the morning with your steadfast love,
that we may rejoice and be glad all our days.
15 Make us glad for as many days as you have afflicted us,
and for as many years as we have seen evil.
16 Let your work be shown to your servants,
and your glorious power to their children.
Psalm 91: 14-16
What I like about this Psalm is that Moses, through all the things he had experienced with Gods people, wrote this Psalm. When Moses wrote this Psalm he must have been awestruck by the greatness of our Lord. He noticed just how small we are compared to the Almighty.
The text I picked today is 1 Corinthians 11:5
5 But every woman who prays or prophesies with her head uncovered dishonors her head, for that is one and the same as if her head were shaved. 6 For if a woman is not covered, let her also be shorn. But if it is shameful for a woman to be shorn or shaved, let her be covered. 13 Judge among yourselves. Is it proper for a woman to pray to God with her head uncovered? 14 Does not even nature itself teach you that if a man has long hair, it is a dishonor to him? 15 But if a woman has long hair, it is a glory to her; for her hair is given to her for a covering. 16 But if anyone seems to be contentious, we have no such custom, nor do the churches of God.
1 Corinthians 11:5
The reason why I’m a bit late today is that I unexpectedly had a very interesting conversation with my dad about more than just how to read and interpret the Bible.
Today’s text I picked is Genesis 1:3
3 And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light.
If you believe that the Bible is true, than you cannot deny the truth of this verse. What I mean by that is that in my opinion this verse very clearly states that God spoke the world into existence, without any passing of time.
Pfew, I just made it. only one hour left!
Anyway, today’s text I picked is Lamentations 3:22-23. It’s suprising that this text is so hopeful between all those complaints towards Heaven. I think lamentations also shows us that we are allowed to complain to God when we are going through rough times.
22 Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed,
for his compassions never fail.
23 They are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness.
Victor and I actually talked about this in-depth during episode 7, which you can find here.
Today’s text I picked is Jeremiah 31:34.
34 No more shall every man teach his neighbor, and every man his brother, saying, ‘Know the Lord,’ for they all shall know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them, says the Lord. For I will forgive their iniquity, and their sin I will remember no more.
My buddy Victor challenged me for a Bible challenge. Maybe I’ll do this for more than 5 days, maybe not.