Loving our neighbors is one of the greatest challenges in both the Old and New Testaments. Our sinful nature and selfishness make us naturally put ourselves first, in direct contradiction to the command of God. Added to this, our contemporary American culture and its infatuation with the supremacy of the self has lessened any . . .
Anyone who has been a believer for any time at all will soon come to a point in life where they simply wonder why God has acted the way he has or allowed things to play out the way they did. I suppose there is comfort in knowing that, "Why?" is one of the universal questions of the Christian life. Luther says:
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One of the areas I wrestled with most over my years in Reformed theology was its insistence on not only asking but attempting to answer some very 'hard questions' about God, his will, and his ways. As much as the hidden will of God was discussed, there was always lots and lots of speculation about the hidden things of God, . . .
I love it when my daily lectionary readings come together and really punch me in the chest! This morning's Psalter reading (from BoC) and Gospel reading (from LSB) did just that...and it was awesome.
In Psalm 119, I read:
Turn my eyes from looking at worthless things;
and give me life in your ways. . . .
These shots were just emailed around Johnson Space Center this morning. Having two shuttles on the pad simultaneously hasn't happened (if my homework is correct) since the early 80's...and is not likely to happen again in the history of the program. It's a beautiful sight!