Until you come to grips with the holiness of God and His demands for holiness from His people you cannot begin to comprehend the biblical narrative in a meaningful fashion. It is only when you understand the holiness of God and the unholiness of fallen men you begin to understand the difference between you and God…and your desperate need for a Savior.
2. We have so stressed the immanence of God in this generation that we have begun to despise the God who is transcendent. Without a knowledge of both, we worship an idol of our own making.
3.Charles Spurgeon said;“If sinners be damned, at least let them leap to Hell over our dead bodies. And if they perish, let them perish with our arms wrapped about their knees, imploring them to stay. If Hell must be filled, let it be filled in the teeth of our exertions, and let not one go unwarned and unprayed for.” The question before the house is do our words and actions look like pleading with the lost to be reconciled to God or like we’re pushing them to the pit in Jesus name?
4. Psychologist Rollo May identifies five kinds of power that leaders can exert. (1) Exploitative power uses physical force or the threat of violence and leaves the other with no choice but to comply. (2) Manipulative power uses the covert cunning of the con man rather than the gunman. (3) Competitive power employs an I win / you lose strategy. Only one can win, and it results in shrinkage of community. (4) Nutrient power is likened to the parents’ care for their children; they exercise their power to do them good. Problems arise when “care” becomes smothering and when it insists on doing children good the parents’ way. Such methods create dependency.(5) Integrative power works with the other person to enable them to grow both mentally and spiritually. I thought that was interesting, especially in light of the fact that I have very little to offer today.
5. The G.R.A.C.E. statement on child abuse in the church has only gathered about 1400 signatures despite being seen by hundreds of thousands of readers. Make your own application…
7. When I was a lad there were many cultural role models,( both real and fictitious) that assisted in forming good character. The children of today are stuck with us. How are we doing?
8. This is what I taught on Sunday night; “For though we walk in the flesh, we are not waging war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds. We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ,”(2 Corinthians 10:3–5 ESV) The battle from the beginning has been with supernatural darkness, (not other people) and the battleground is your mind. We’ve lost many battles because we have chosen to use the weapons of the world instead of the ones of the Spirit. The biggest win of the enemy has been to divide us against each other…and the war goes on.
9. The aforementioned war goes on whether you choose to acknowledge it or not….and you are a participant whether you choose to acknowledge it or not.
10. The biggest takeaway from my little break in the woods? There is still a vast amount of beauty, peace, and grace on this broken planet…and it’s worth pointing to as much as that which is broken.