As my dear friends Bert and Christine DeVries testify below, God’s grace becomes functionally real in the context of catastrophe.
Devries Testimony from Coral Ridge | LIBERATE on Vimeo.
“God’s office is at the end of our rope.” John Zahl
I know this is a little off topic for this post, but have you thought about the possibility of writing a book of daily devotions? I have thought about this several times. I would absolutely love to have a devotional book written by you, that would give me a Gospel-centered devotion each day (written by you) with Scripture. Your writings are so great, I just think it would be awesome to have a devotion book that brought your writings together (you could include portions of blog posts, or any of your books, and new material by you, etc.). Just a thought!
A great testimony.
As Dr. DeVries, we are all dying.
If we don't hear God's Word as a matter of life and death, then it will lose it's true power and will merely become 'principles for living'...or good info. about God.
If you can't parch it to someone on their death bed, then maybe it shouldn't be preached at all.
(could you imagine preaching to someone on their deathbed how to become a better husband, or more obedient to God's laws?)
This is a very big gift from God and at the same time an achievement for Bert to be capable of accepting it. He has a choice, every single day, an opportunity to follow the way of the ego: “Oh woe is me”, “I don’t deserve this”, “I am worried”. It is a miracle that he does not make these thinking choices; but instead does what I think Jesus would do. Yet with this teaching about our personal idols, or similar teachings, this miracle is not quite so surprising (though still impressive) for those who can understand some of the “mechanics” of what Bert and Christine have been experiencing in this walk.
With the right knowledge and faith practice, more miracles are coming!