Why Passion for Life Is Not Enough

There is a difference between existing and living–and it has to do with passion. But a passion for life is not enough to be a guarantee that one is truly living life for all that it is worth. There is a fatal deficiency in passion alone.

Jesus once told a parable (Lk. 12:16-21) about a rich man who sought to live life passionately, to the hilt, through his great wealth, only to find that God demanded his soul the very night he made his plans to expand his personal kingdom. God then asked him a most basic question that this man clearly had never asked himself:

What the Mystery of Sleep Tells Us About God and Reality

Sometimes something is so extraordinary and beyond our capacity to explain or understand that our mind cannot fully grasp its reality. For example, when a group of Christians on a mission to Russia had a member of that group fall down some stairs and break her neck, the local atheist guide for the group was certain that no one could survive such a lethal fall. But he watched in amazement as the believers gathered around the limp body and prayed for her–and she arose no worse for the wear.

Life-and-Death Quest

The quest of a person’s life defines that person, who he or she is. And every human being is on a quest whether they know it or not. This is because God has made us this way. He has put into our hearts a dissatisfaction with life lived solely of ourselves, and we will not be rid of this dissatisfaction until we find him as the true source and purpose of our lives.

“He has also set eternity in the hearts of men; yet they cannot fathom what God has done from beginning to end” (Eccl. 3:11 NIV).

To Be or not To Be: Why Existence Is Good

A common objection raised against the existence of God is the existence of evil: How can there be a God since evil exists? Or if there is a God, then does not the existence of evil show that he himself must be cruel or evil? Both of these questions actually derive from a more basic question yet: Is existence itself good or bad? This is not an idle question, nor is it solely a matter for theologians. It has very practical and personal implications.

Do Not Follow the Crowd: the dangers

“Do not follow the crowd in doing wrong” (Ex. 23:2).

It should be obvious to anyone that we are not to do wrong, but this verse singles out doing wrong by following a crowd. Why? Because it is often so much easier to do wrong when you are in a crowd than when you are alone. For in a crowd there is often a real pressure to do what they do or risk being subject to ridicule, or worse, actual physical attack in the case of political uprisings and mob mentality or riots. Nevertheless, Scripture is clear: Whatever the risks, we are not to go along with the crowd in doing wrong.

Life Is Complex. Jesus Makes It Simple.

Life Is Complex. Jesus Makes It Simple.

I love how God makes things beyond our human ability to fathom understandable to us: things of God and the profound spiritual realm that would otherwise be beyond our comprehension. He does this through the Holy Spirit.

“No mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him–but God has revealed it to us by his Spirit. The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God” (1 Cor. 9,10 NIV).

They Do Not Know Their Right Hand from Their Left

I was watching two dead people. What I was actually doing was watching a movie. Though fairly recent, it was made long enough ago that things had changed drastically in the meantime in the real world. Two of the stars in that movie no longer were as they were. One was the child star of the movie, still famous today. I won’t give her name, but if I did, I am sure most of you would recognize it instantly. The other was the woman who played her mother–in real life, a sweet person who enjoyed life but whose life was unexpectedly ended in a freak accident.

Ennui: The Curse of God

ENNUI: The Curse of God

Before warning about this particular curse of God, perhaps it needs to be settled in some people’s minds that God places curses at all. Scripture makes it clear that he does, including curses on people, places, and things.

Things: The first such curse recorded in Scripture is the familiar one he placed on the serpent for deceiving Adam and Eve:

Doctor Zhivago and Ecclesiastes

Dr. Zhivago and Ecclesiastes

Passion. That is one word that describes the essence of a book in the Bible, Ecclesiastes, and a film in the world, (1965 film by David Lean). Both use passion for life as a key in teaching about life, and we can learn from both.

The book of Ecclesiastes, for instance, says, “Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might” (Eccl. 9:10 NIV).

From Death to Life: Roy Proctor

I. My Life Before Christ

My family lived on a farm, throughout my childhood, which offered a life that was enjoyable. We were close to nature and enjoyed a lifestyle of simplicity. It was safe to leave doors unlocked, so we slept under open windows in the summer time. People entered into each other’s lives in relative freedom.

 

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