Sunday Faith Blog

“There can be no reproach to pain unless we assume human dignity, there is no reason for restraints on pleasure unless we assume human worth, there is no legitimacy to monotony unless we assume a greater purpose to life, there is no purpose to life unless we assume design, death has no significance unless we seek what is everlasting.
— Ravi Zacharias

“For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit.”  Romans 8:5

Let’s all be ever mindful of human dignity, of human worth, a greater purpose in life, the great Designer…….these are the things which form us, enrich us, and make for a better world.  Otherwise, where would DIGNITY even come from?  Hmmm

Happy Sunday!

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8 Responses to Sunday Faith Blog

  1. Mal says:

    The temptation to live according to the flesh is ever present in our lives and difficult to resist. “Lead us not into temptation”, right? And temptation is really dominant here in Vegas. Even a man of the cloth walking by a slot will be tempted to put in a coin.

  2. Baysider says:

    This is a great quote – very deep. It touches on an issue I’ve heard Greg Koukl develop well: how the ‘problem’ of evil is actually a proof for the existence of God.

  3. geeez2014 says:

    Baysider…”…the ‘problem’ of evil is actually a proof for the existence of God.”
    It’s an apologetic, isn’t it, if we see it this way…which we do.

    At this blog, I often say one can’t really have capitalism without faith in God, because greed can rear its ugly head in capitalism and destroy……which is happening today. Meanwhile, the other side hates capitalism for all that’s so good in it: self reliance, feelings of confidence when one succeeds, charity, etc.

    Mal…exactly. If Vegas isn’t a perfect example of temptation, I don’t know what is….though I don’t think a pastor putting a coin in a slot’s a big deal :-=)

  4. Bob says:

    “For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh,…”
    I admit that considering the dignity of man, or the lack of is one of those things I occasionally consider, but always come back to what an older man once told me.

    “People are no damned good.”

    To me the message is that most of the time we cannot anticipate the actions or thoughts of others, and it is only prudent to expect the worst from people. Dale Carnegie said to expect the worst, and when people do the right thing it will be a pleasant surprise.

    It is only after we have observed others actions can we understand those who live for the things of the flesh. In my opinion we all live for the things of the flesh. There are exceptions like Mother Teresa, and maybe Billy Graham. I am not sure about even the Pope because I don’t pay attention to him. As Christians we have to work at the spiritual sides of our lives.

    “…but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit.”  It seems that the older I get, the more interested I am in things of the spirit. It seems to be one of those patterns of life.

    Thanks for the great faith blog, Z.

  5. To live according to the Spirit is often not correctly understood.
    It is the indwelling Spirit that gives us the ability to Live according to what God wants of us, to overcome the desire of the flesh.
    Example: “Lord, I want to punch that face so bad, but you love the person who owns that face.
    Please love that person through me.” And that’s how it works, when we allow it to work.

  6. geeez2014 says:

    It’s I who picks the scripture that I feel best goes with the stories/quotes/etc., which I post on Sundays. And I specifically selected the Spirit quote because Ravi Zacharias is reminding us that the SPIRIT IS BETTER…the Spirit is what makes us go for the worth, the purpose, those words in his quote.

    Bob ” It seems that the older I get, the more interested I am in things of the spirit. It seems to be one of those patterns of life.” It’s a pattern when one’s lived his life as one of faith, one of wisdom……We age in our faith and we grow wiser in our faith if we’ve stuck to it, continued studying, listening, helping others, don’t you think? It’s like we blossom that which is the Spirit in ourselves.

    Ed, I’ve always thought living in the Spirit is well understood, quite clear; how do you mean? And yes, not only do we conquer temptations when we acknowledge the Spirit and give it leeway, we seek better, we seek kinder, we seek the fruits of the Spirit, etc.

  7. It’s my experience that most people equate living in the spirit with obeying God’s rules or such.
    Sort of like living in the attitude.
    It’s the Spirit that enables us to obey God’s rules, when we submit and let it work through us..
    It sounds like you have a handle on it.

  8. geeez2014 says:

    Ed, yes, I have a handle on it. Thanks.

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