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13 October 2016
Why should we praise the Lord for being good? Think what it would be like if he wasn't.
An evil, all-powerful being would be horrible beyond imagining. It would also be a logical impossibility. We serve a good God and we should be thankful we serve a good God.
God is supposed to be praised, and man is supposed to praise him. It's not like some old lady fishing for compliments. At best that kind of person is just silly. If God wasn't worthy of all this praise it would be different. But he is. He's the greatest thing thing that's ever existed.
Praising God is just giving him his due.
While the works of Menno Simons provide a very good look at the thought of one of the most important Anabaptist leaders and are extremely inexpensive, they're also very repetitive. Simons may have written to a lot of people, but he tended to tell them the same things.
Still, it's hard to overlook the value of this collection. I think I paid about $4 for the Kindle version. I recommend it, but unless you're just determined to read every word Simons wrote, it's best to just skim through it.
12 October 2016
David may have written about how good unity was, but that didn't keep the people of God from dividing just a couple of generations later.
We've always had a tendency to divide at the drop of a hat. There are hundreds of Anabaptist denominations, and something like 25,000 Protestant ones, and the Church of Rome has only maintained the unity it has by the threat of force. Christians have made Jesus' prayer for unity a sick joke.
11 October 2016
In this psalm there's a repetition of the well-known promise to David that he would always have a descendant on the throne of Israel. I've heard about this promise as long as I've been in church, usually spiritualized to refer to Christ, but I've never heard the "if" clause mentioned.
And there's always an "if".
While this book has an intriguing premise -- that Christians ultimately like the idea of changing the world more than actually doing it -- in the end it just seems like a rehash of ideas I've already seen.
Since it seems to be just repeating what others have said better, I don't see any reason to recommend it.
10 October 2016
You don't have to know everything. Sometimes it's just enough to know that God is God,
Unfortunately, some people believe they have to understand everything about God and his plans. We'd all be better off with the attitude in this psalm. Some things are just too wonderful to fully comprehend.