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God’s Unusual and Transformative Name

Posted by Pastor J.D. on November 23, 2016

Most of us know what it’s like to feel insecure, to feel like we just aren’t up to a particular challenge. Maybe you just got hired for a job you aren’t sure you can handle. Or you’re dating someone and are nervous about living up to family expectations. Or you’re a parent, and you’re worried that you just don’t have what it takes.

Ironically enough, the way out of our insecurities isn’t found in us. It isn’t even found by resolving our difficulties and answering our questions. It’s found when we are confronted by the sheer fact that God is. Only when we see God for who he is can we begin to understand our true identity.

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As Toni’s boyfriend tossed her things onto the front porch, she felt deep disappointment and embarrassment—she was 32 years old with two children, six months pregnant, and homeless.

She called her friend Nick, who helped her pack her car and found her a place to sleep for the night. The next morning, she met Nick’s friend Valerie, who asked if she could pray for Toni and offered to walk her through the prayer of salvation.

“That prayer changed my life,” Toni shared. “I fought her, and I fought Nick. I fought myself for that matter. But on that day, I couldn’t fight God. In just an instant, I surrendered, and I never felt better. For the first time in my life, I stopped trying to be my own superhero or my own savior.

“It’s amazing how tragedy can turn into triumph. From that day forward, I removed my own cape and stopped trying to solve all my issues on my own. I let the Lord handle it, and he’s proven to be better at the job.”

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The Evangelical Conscience, Still Uneasy 70 Years Later, Richard Mouw. For evangelicals who have read the book, it seems strange to think that Carl F. H. Henry’s The Uneasy Conscience of Modern Fundamentalism was published two generations ago. Sure, we have shed the label of “fundamentalism,” opting instead to call ourselves “evangelical.” But the problems that Henry identified in the 1940s—problems about our Christian approach to engaging our culture—still linger with us. Read Mouw’s summary, or better yet, pick up Henry’s book and see for yourself. Continue Reading…