TOPIC INDEXPractical Theology (29)
  1. To say that whoever loves has been born of God is also to say that those who are born of God are recipients of love. They do not have God because they love but because they are loved.
  2. The promise here is that God is present with us in our troubles, issuing commands to save us before we ask. God does not ignore our suffering and cries.
  3. There is perhaps no better observation about the nature of anxiety and depression than its fundamental desire for avoidance.
  4. Jesus offers to the anxious soul the one thing it ironically wants: certainty of the good.
  5. There is joy in Lent, but it is the kind of joy that comes in being made whole.
  6. Fred Rogers did not teach children how to live through a pandemic, but he had many profound things to say about loving our neighbors and finding our identity in that calling.
  7. As we face our own struggles and successes, let us pray that we may be humble. Let us be grateful for whatever God has provided and not become arrogant in what we have or what we've lost.
  8. Sin is driven by disordered love, and it is love in this sense that leads to all the pain and suffering in the world.
  9. Prayer dares to call the impossible into reality. It trusts the One who can do all things to do impossible things. It rests its hope on God’s power and not man’s agency.
  10. There is often no way forward for us without the prophetic lament, because such laments force out our honesty and resentment at the God who does not treat us as we expect to be treated.
  11. When we are hurt, we cry out to God. But sometimes when the hurt gets really intense, our lament turns to complaint. Not only is this normal, but almost every lament in scripture contains a complaint.

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