Dabar [theme]

He shall cover thee with His feathers, and under His wings shalt thou find refuge: His truth is a shield and buckler
Psalms 91:4

Be it ours,when we cannot see the face of God, to trust under the shadow of His wings. C.H. Spugeon

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Why God?

The question is asked many times, "Why? God."
It is usually a question tied to a person experiencing some form of pain.
The question is asked in relation to an understanding that 'God is love', and perhaps a misunderstanding that 'all things work for good'.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Malachi 3:2

Malachi 3:2,3, " ... For He is like a refiner's fire and like launderer's soap. He will sit as a refiner and a purifier of silver; He will purify (all who are made priests unto God in righteousness) and purge them as gold and silver, that they may offer to the Lord an offering in righteousness."

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Isaiah 42:16

"I will lead the blind by a way they do not know, In paths they do not know I will guide them. I will make darkness into light before them and rugged places into plains. These are the things I will do, And I will not leave them undone."

Monday, March 22, 2010

Praise God for His Wondrous Work

Men go abroad to wonder at the heights of mountains, at the huge waves of the sea, at the long courses of the rivers, at the vast compass of the ocean, at the circular motions of the stars, and they pass by themselves without wondering. Augustine

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Choose Faith

Faith has become an absurdity, because it can't really be defined, unless one is willing to give the power to define faith to some authority apart from reason or rationale. Those who are contentious about faith in God hold fast to the supposed strength of logic and free-thought. They will contend with the assumption of higher authorities and/or powers that govern the world. Their arguments are persuasive, they are well-versed, educated and more than willing to provide sound reasoning to prove that their way is right and any other way is constrictingly narrow.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Humble and Real

Humility is the virtue by which a man knows himself as he really is, truly. St Thomas Aquinas defines humility similarly as "the virtue of humility" that "consists in keeping oneself within one's own bounds, not reaching out to things above one, but submitting to one's superior". Humility is said to be the foundation of the spiritual life and inferior only to faith. Humility is considered foundational because it removes the obstacles to faith. It removes pride and makes a man subject to and a fit recipient of grace. "God resists the proud, and gives His grace to the humble" (James 4:6). Humility is the product of self-respect with a true understanding of oneself in relation to God. Humilty is transitive, meaning, "... to lower someone in dignity."

Sunday, March 07, 2010

Humility and Reality

" ...self-deception is everywhere and it affects our ability to be honest with ourselves."

"...beginning with Kierkegaard, the existentialists (including Sartre, Schopenhauer, Nietzsche, and others) elevated authenticity to a place of primary importance in their understanding of the virtues. Due to the writings of the existentialists and other cultural trends, the "Good Person" was increasingly understood to be the "Authentic Person." Being true to oneself became a--or, in some cases, the--chief good. Self-deception, then, was given a promotion in the ranking of vices. What was once a derivative vice--one whose primary importance was found in its ability to facilitate other, more serious, vices--became itself the most egregious of all sins."