What can Christians learn from Seahawks win over Green Bay?

With 5:04 left in the game all seemed lost. Green Bay was leading 19-7 in a game they controlled until that point. They had forced 3 interceptions and recovered 1 fumble. And then Russell Wilson threw for his 4th interception of the game. Now it was truly over, or was it?

Seattle, which is known for its 12th man began to see them waiver. Some of the fans who paid hundreds of dollars for their seats and had followed their team religiously for the past 5 months began to walk out. Some unable to bare the loss, others in demonstration of disappointment, still others to avoid traffic. The Seahawks lost, might as well get on and get home as soon as possible.

The remarkable comeback win they would only witness on replays and even then as deserters!

There is a lesson here for Christians. It is without a doubt that Christianity is loosing and loosing big in America. Those committed to Biblical ethics and teaching are ostracized and marginalized. Each month it seems another nail in hammered into the coffin of Christianity. Many of those opposed to Christianity rejoice, and many Christians are wavering. Some have began to withdraw and denounce what they once held dear. They choose to align themselves with the “victors” so as to not seem foolish when final victory is achieved.

With 5:03 left in the game there was no way to predict that Seahawks would ultimately win. But Christians have the clear promise in Scripture of how the end will look, regardless of the present,

And because lawlessness will be increased, the love of many will grow cold. But the one who endures to the end will be saved…When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on his glorious throne. Before him will be gathered all the nations, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. And he will place the sheep on his right, but the goats on the left. Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. – Matthew 24:12-13; 25:31-34

The fans who left the game prematurely paid by not witnessing one of the greatest comebacks in playoff history. However, those who depart from the King before his glorious victory miss out on much more – the King himself and being in His Kingdom.

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Books Past and Future

Each passing year I grow more and more convinced not only of the value, but necessity of reading. Reading (or lack there off) makes a man or woman. After all it is in a book and not other means that God has left us his Word. That very act by itself communicates the importance and power of reading.

I am always wishing to grow in my ability to read and the extent of my reading. The past couple of years have been both helpful and unhelpful because of attending seminary. I have been required to read more than ever, but not always widely, nor what I would wish. This has resulted in reading some books that have benefited me tremendously and others that have merely stollen my time.

Here are five of my favorite books from last year:

1. What is Biblical Theology by James Hamilton

Shortest of books that I will mention, but it packs a punch! If you want a short introduction to how the Bible functions as a story and how the imagery and symbols work, this is a great place to start!

2. George Muller: Delighted in God by Roger Steer

George Muller is not someone who interested me historically, so naturally I read this book only because it was required reading. And thank God for that. He was a titan of faith in God! Read and be encouraged by the faithfulness of the one we call Father.

3. An Historical Survey of the Old Testament, 2nd Edition by Eugene Merrill

This books sounds “academic” and therefore to most irrelevant. But that is very far from reality! Merrill is a very good writer, but more than that he guides you through the OT History filling in all the gaps of the historical setting of this part of the Bible. You will not just learn much about Israel, but Egypt, Babylon, and all the rest.

4. Pilgrims Progress by John Bunyan

There is a reason this book was the most re-read book by Charles Spurgeon. If you like allegory or books like Lord of the Rings, this will enrich your heart unlike anything else. You will see how the Christian life is a life of a Pilgrim and how to avoid and get out of the perils you face. This was not the first, nor the last time I read through this gem.

5. It’s Still Greek to Me by David Allan Black

Yes, that book is about the Greek language. It is for those who have atlas an elementary knowledge of Greek. And for them it is an invaluable resource. Black helps you make much sense of how the syntax works in easy to understand language and plethora of examples.

And here are five that I wish to read in the upcoming year: (I really hope that someone them will coincide with my school reading)

1. Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien

To be fair, I am currently listening to this book as an audio book. I have read it in the past, and figured it was time to visit Middle Earth once again.

2. God’s Glory in Salvation Through Judgement by James Hamilton

Here is the reason I am reading this book: http://jimhamilton.info/2014/12/03/read-the-bible/

It will be a long year project! So far it has been rewarding!

3. Kingdom Through Covenant by Peter Gentry and Stephen Wellum

I started this behemoth (850p) last year and hope to finish this year. It has been very helpful in understanding the difference between covenantal and dispensational theology. Exited to get into their argument for the via media.

4. Is There Meaning in This Text? by Kevin Vanhoozer

The study of Hermeneutics is one of my biggest interests. The more I think about it and read about it, I find it to be one of the most important for life. The reason being is you need to have the right tools to rightly be able to understand God. This is a landmark book in the field. I wish to get to know it.

5. The Intellectual Life by AG Sertillanges

Recommended by one of my favorite professors, Dr. Pennigton on his blog (book 5): http://jonathanpennington.com/2015/01/brief-notes-on-my-book-club-reading-for-2014/

I figured, if I read with the wise, maybe I’ll grow closer to being wise myself.

Tolle Lege