Wednesday, August 20, 2008

do you believe in God? [+] Wednesday E-devotion

Strange question for a devotion written for Christians from a pastor.  Right?  But it is an honest question that deserves our answer.  A good answer at that.
At Catalyst 2007 Craig Groeschel shared a message titled Practical Atheism where he talked about the fact that some people say they believe that God exists but live as if he doesn't.  That hurt.

Anne Jackson at her blog yesterday, Flowerdust, asked a question that hit me about the same: What are the biggest obstacles you have to becoming an atheist?  That stings.

I left a comment at Anne's blog with these 2 verses:
Psalm 34:8 (nlt) --- Taste and see that the Lord is good.  Oh, the joys of those who take refuge in him!
Philippians 3:10 (nlt) --- I want to know Christ and experience the mighty power that raised him from the dead. I want to suffer with him, sharing in his death, 
When I think about people who don't know Jesus and really don't care to know God, I have to stop and ask some questions.  Do I act like a practical atheist in any part of my life?  On the other hand, do I really believe in God?
Think it through. 
In closing, I have been preparing for a series we will be in through September and October.  Going through notes I came across a comment that one of my favorite preachers shared that cut me hard.  It made me stop and think.  It hit right with these thoughts of atheism and believing God.  Here it is (and I pray you will ask the question, do I believe in God?):
"It is easy to become desensitized to lostness and brokeness."  --- Frances Chan

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