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The New Sabbath

28 Nov

The church has deliberately not worshiped on the Sabbath for 19 centuries. Today we have forgotten the reason for this tradition, but the early church knew. They we’re recognizing that God had done away with the old system, the law, and brought in something brand-new: a New Covenant, a new arrangement between God and man where time and place of worship no longer mattered. Every day is a day of Sabbath rest for those who are united with Christ Jesus.

Bob George

Classic Christianity, Harvest House, 1989, 121.

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Who Are You?

9 Nov

A person has no identity apart from his relationship with someone or something else. That’s why we will latch on to practically anything in a desperate need to discover who we are. People will determine their identities through their appearance, occupation, abilities, family relationships, friends, denominational affiliation, and many other ways…

The opinions of other people are a shaky way to determine who we are. Professional athletes strike me as the ultimate example. Make a great play, and people will throw a parade for you. Blow the play and they will likely hound you about it for the rest of your life…

There is only one way to determine your identity that cannot be shaken, one foundation that cannot be taken away from you: “I am a child of God.”… Do you think that if God were introducing you around the kingdom of heaven he would say, “This is Jimmy: the paranoid, manic-depressive schizophrenic”? No! God would say, “This is my beloved son, Jimmy”!

Bob George

Classic Christianity, Harvest House, 1989, 79-81.