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Good Intentions


How far can we get on good intentions? According to a recent survey
conducted among a diverse group of men and women, 30 percent of
those who
make New Year's resolutions admit not keeping them into
February. Just
one in five continues their resolution for six months
or more.
Apparently, we don't get very far.


Stand Up and Be Found
Jill Carattini

Albert Einstein once said, "I want to know [God's] thoughts; the rest are
details." His words declare a lofty feat, possibly in earnestness,
possibly in arrogance. But it is a quote that can set us thinking.

I wonder if humanity's search for God is often most largely about
humanity--what we want, what we need, what we feel we deserve, what we
think God must be like. And we are often quite proud of ourselves for
searching, for having an inquisitive personality, an openness to
spirituality. But if the one we search for is the sovereign, omnipresent
God, isn't this line of thought somewhat ridiculous? Have we ever been
out of his reach or his sight? I often wonder how much of our searching
is more or less insignificant details. While we are disagreeing about the
kind of God we want to find or the ways we prefer to find Him, we
have already been found. In our quest for God, even as we credit
ourselves for exploring, how much is more accurately God's searching for
us? There is little talk of God's search for humanity, but isn't He the
reason there is talk of God at all?

The Scriptures tell us that from the very beginning of time God has
pursued the human heart, calling out, "Where are you?" when we have
strayed, "What do you want?" as we stand grumbling before Him, and "Whom
are you looking for?" even as we search. In fact, "Where are you?" is the
first question God asks of man and woman in Scripture. (See Genesis 3:9.)
Sensing God's presence after eating what was forbidden, Adam and Eve hid
among the trees. And God asked Adam, "Where are you?"

Rest assured, if the God we seek and hide from is the one whose breath
brought dust to life, it was not for God's sake that He posed the
question. You and I needed to be asked.

One of my favorite scenes in all of literature is in The Last
Battle of C.S. Lewis's Narnian tales. Though many had never seen him,
faith in Aslan was common in Narnia, whereas, men of other lands followed
Tash. But growing tired of contradicting claims and hypocritical
followers, the dwarfs decide to declare defiantly, "The dwarfs are for the
dwarfs," rejecting belief in anything but themselves, refusing to answer to
anyone, and renouncing everything they cannot see. Later, the Last Battle
is over. Aslan has won, and the scene has been transformed from a dirty
stable into the beautiful Narnia. Yet curiously, the dwarfs sit hunched
as if they are still in the stable. When asked to stand up and admire the
sun and the sky, scenes greener and truer than anyone had ever seen, a
dwarf replies, "How in the name of all humbug can I see what ain't

I have often wondered if it was this Narnian scene Lewis had in mind when
he said, "I believe in Christianity as I believe the sun has risen, not
only because I see it but because, by it, I see everything else."(2)

The intensity of God's search for humanity and his desire for us to see
clearly are illumined in the questions He puts before us. "Where are
you?" asks the Lord. "Who do you say that I am?" asks Christ. His
questions penetrate all of our hiding spots and pierce the self-deception
that blinds us from seeing God and ourselves in the light of truth. "Do
you love me?" he asks. "Do you want to be made well?" To cut ourselves
off from God's probing words is to blind ourselves from life itself.

If today, you stood up wherever you are in your place in life, where are
you? Are you hiding? Running? Are you blinded to the truth because it
is not the truth you want to see? Or maybe the words of the hymnist ring
true for your life:

Jesus sought me when a stranger,
Wand'ring from the fold of God;
He to rescue me from danger,
Brought me to his precious blood.(3)

There is a point in God's search where the next move depends on your
answer. His questions elicit a response. Where are you?

Jill Carattini is senior associate writer at Ravi Zacharias
International Ministries in Atlanta, Georgia.

(1) C.S. Lewis, The Last Battle. (Collier Books: New York, 1956),
(2) C.S. Lewis, The Weight of Glory. (Sans Francisco: Harper,
1980), 140.
(3) John Wyeth, Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing.

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God designed humans to want to believe in something.
That's the image of God that is in us. But as G. K.
Chesterton famously put it, when we reject the God
of the Bible, we don't believe in nothing; we believe
in everything -- including Little Green Men.

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--Martin Luther -

Born: November 10, 1483
Died: February 18, 1546

Protestant reformer. Martin Luther was the first and greatest
figure in the 16th-century Reformation. A composer of
commentaries on Scripture, theology, and ecclesiastical
abuses, a hymnologist, and a preacher, from his own time to
the present he has been a symbol of Protestantism. In 1505,
he made a decision that changed the course of his life
radically: he decided to enter the Augustinian monastery in
Erfurt. This decision shaped the rest of his life, and his
search for a merciful God and His Will culminated in the
development of the Reformation of the Church. Luther's negative
personal experiences with the ecclesiastical means of grace
resulted in not only increasing criticism of the deplorable
state of affairs within the church but above all to a
fundamental reconsideration of medieval theology.

The most important and influential event since Biblical times
to the present occurred when Luther stood before the Pope
(the most powerful man in the world at that time - when he
spoke, kings trembled) and stated after being told to recant
his teachings/views, "Here I stand - I can do no other."
This event were more consequential and changed the course
of history more than the invention of the printing press, the
discovery/use of the A-Bomb, or either World War (as
important as these events were)!!! - Howdy
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But these are written so that you may
believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the
Son of God, and that by believing in
Him you will have life. Jn 20:31

Seek the Lord while He may be found;
call on Him while He is near. Let the
wicked forsake his way and the evil
man his thoughts. Let him turn to the
Lord, and He will have mercy on him,
and to our God, for He will freely
pardon. "For My thoughts are not
your thoughts, neither are your ways
My ways," declares the Lord. "As the
heavens are higher than the earth, so
are My ways higher than your ways
and My thoughts than your thoughts.
As the rain and the snow come down
from heaven, and do not return to it
without watering the earth and making
it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed
for the sower and bread for the eater,
so is My word that goes out from My
mouth: It will not return to Me empty,
but will accomplish what I desire and
achieve the purpose for which I sent it.
You will go out in joy and be led forth
in peace; the mountains and hills will
burst into song before you, and all the
trees of the field will clap their hands.
Instead of the thornbush will grow the
pine tree, and instead of briers the myrtle
will grow. This will be for the Lord's
renown, for an everlasting sign, which
will not be destroyed." Is 55

O Lord, you have searched me and you
know me. You know when I sit and when
I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar.
You discern my going out and my lying
down; you are familiar with all my ways.
Before a word is on my tongue you know
it completely, O Lord. You hem me in -
behind and before; you have laid your
hand upon me. Such knowledge is too
wonderful for me, too lofty for me to attain.

Where can I go from your Spirit? Where
can I flee from your presence? If I go up
to the heavens, you are there; if I make
my bed in the depths, you are there.

If I rise on the wings of the dawn,
if I settle on the far side of the sea,
even there your hand will guide me,
your right hand will hold me fast.

If I say, "Surely the darkness will hide
me and the light become night around
me," even the darkness will not be dark
to you; the night will shine like the day,
for darkness is as light to you. For you
created my inmost being; you knit me
together in my mother's womb. I praise
you because I am fearfully and wonderfully
made; your works are wonderful, I know
that full well. My frame was not hidden
from you when I was made in the secret
place. When I was woven together in the
depths of the earth, your eyes saw my
unformed body. All the days ordained
for me were written in your book before
one of them came to be.

How precious to me are your thoughts,
O God! How vast is the sum of them!
Were I to count them, they would
outnumber the grains of sand. When
I awake, I am still with you. Search me,
O God, and know my heart; test me
and know my anxious thoughts. See
if there is any offensive way in me,
and lead me in the way everlasting.
Ps 139

But indeed for this purpose I have raised you up,
that I may show My power in you, and that My
Name may be declared in all the earth. Ex 9:16

When I survey the wondrous cross
On which the Prince of Glory died,
My richest gain I count but loss,
And pour contempt on all my pride.

Were the whole realm of nature mine,
That were a present far too small:
Love so amazing, so divine,
Demands my soul, my life, my all.
- - Isaac Watts

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