Does Prayer Change God's Mind? J.D. Greear
After the Israelites responded to God’s faithfulness in delivering them from Egypt by making a golden statue to worship and having an all-night orgy around it (not a good response), God confronted Moses on Mt. Sinai and told him that God’s wrath would “burn hot against them and consume them” (Exodus 32:10).
“But Moses implored the LORD his God and said …. ‘Turn from your burning anger and relent from this disaster against your people. Remember Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, your servants, to whom you swore by your own self, and said to them, “I will multiply your offspring as the stars of heaven, and all this land that I have promised I will give to your offspring, and they shall inherit it forever.”’”
And then, the most amazing verse:
“And the Lord relented from the disaster that he had spoken of bringing on his people”
(Exodus 32:11-14 ESV).
What is going on here? Does Moses’ prayer convince God to change his mind by reminding God of something he had said, something that he had apparently forgotten about? Was God just having an off day? Had he forgotten to do his quiet time that morning?
Did Moses really change God’s mind? …Read More.
Reasons To Stay in the SBC: D. Scott Hildreth
During the Conservative Resurgence, I heard several people say, “I don’t care who wins this battle, I am going with the Annuity Board.” That comment always rang hollow. Now, don’t get me wrong, the older I get, the more I understand the need to protect retirement funds. But, that doesn’t seem like a reason to stay part of a denomination. In the face of current SBC conflict and crisis, people are asking questions about staying.
Should we stay with the Southern Baptist Convention? …Read More.
4 Truths to Remember When Identifying Spiritual Gifts: Meredith Cook
Personality tests are entertaining. It’s fun to take them in groups and laugh about the extreme parts of our personalities. I don’t necessarily think that these tests have an authoritative word on personalities and their implications, but they can be helpful in understanding general aspects of a person.
Personality tests, though, are pretty individualistic. I take them to find out how Ifunction; how I process information; how I relate to others. Sure, knowing others’ personalities may help me understand them better, but I didn’t take the test to find out about others’ personalities. I took it to find out about my own.
The culture in which we live celebrates individualism. That’s probably why we have personality tests in the first place. But what happens when believers apply this same attitude to our spiritual gifts? If we let the culture, rather than the Bible, inform our understanding of spiritual gifts, then what we get is just a baptized personality test. …Read More.