So, here we are again. Another Valentine’s Day. The one day other than New Year’s when no one wants to be single. And, here I am, single…and ironically, this time by choice. This year is kind of different than the past few years because for the past five years or so I’ve listened to my iPod exclusively when I’m in the car. No radio. No static. No commercials. Well, as a combination of luck and God’s sovereignty would have it, my old car became a paper weight and I had to get a new one. And I haven’t been able to get adapters and such to be able to play my iPod yet. So, I feel like I’m stuck in the 90’s again listening to FM radio. Static, commercials, and all the frustrations that come with both. This entire week I’ve been reminded…ok, bombarded by Valentine’s Day commercials, blatantly driving listeners to new heights of consumerism. So, this year, I’ve felt the tension of being single all week.
As we continue this series, it’s important to remember where we left off. In the last post, we ended saying that
The proper understanding of the gospel should drive us to deep, deep humility and reliance on God (particularly those who claim to be Reformed). As such, this understanding should foster unity among the church.
If you’re new to the blog, you can catch the cliff notes version of Ephesians 2 before you continue reading.
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Recently, Crossway shared a series of blog posts that I found particularly inspiring, encouraging, challenging, and convicting. These posts are an adaptation of Tim Savage’s No Ordinary Marriage: Together for God’s Glory, and it’s my joy to share them with you. After reading these posts, this book is definitely on my reading list.
So we ended the last blog saying that we are hopeless in and of ourselves, but there is hope. How does that work? How do we who are hopeless in and of ourselves still have hope? The only way that hopeless people can have hope is if someone outside of our hopeless situation extends hope to us. The only way that dead people can come to life is if something supernatural occurs and Someone outside of humanity breathes life into a corpse. This is our Hope.
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