Know Your God
According to God’s word there is nothing more rewarding or more satisfying than using your mind to focus on your Creator. The Psalmist declares, “Blessed are they who seek him with all of their heart” (Ps.119:2). Jesus affirmed that the greatest directive from the Old Testament was a supreme love for God that included “all of your mind” (Mt.22:37). When you take time to ponder the Triune God or when you seek to deepen your knowledge of the Almighty, you are engaging in the primary goal of your existence. The Bible tells us that everything about your lot in life is strategically designed to get you to do more of just that! Acts 17 states that the time of your birth and the exact place in which you live are both sovereignly aimed at getting you to “seek God and reach out for him” (vv.26-27). And that is not just a “pre-Christian” concern. There is so much more for us all to know about our transcendent God! Paul’s prayer for the Philippians was that these growing Christians would “abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight” about their God. So today be sure to engage your mental faculties in the ever-deepening quest of knowing more about your God.
-- Pastor Mike
There are no stupid questions. Teachers in the classroom often use this didactic phrase to remind us that if we have a question about something, we shouldn’t be afraid to ask. And when it comes to the most important subject of all, the same rule applies.
As Christians, we can be timid in regards to our questions and doubts about God, the Bible, and living the Christian life. But asking hard questions actually prepares us for our task as followers of Jesus to always be “prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you” (1 Peter 3:15). At Focal Point, we aren’t afraid to ask tough questions. And we are firmly committed to studying and searching God’s Word, the authority on truth, for answers.
As a thank you for your gift this month, I would like to send you a copy of an excellent book called The Questions Christians Hope No One Will Ask. Author Mark Mittelberg provides answers to tough questions like “How can I trust in Christianity when so many Christians are hypocrites?” and “Why should I think that heaven really exists—and that God sends people to hell?” You will also find helpful tips for how we can respond to these challenges with truth and grace. The book even includes a chapter on the questions our friends need us to ask them.
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