Summary In the quest for a personal relationship with anyone, there comes a time when you’ve got to get beyond mere words; texting isn’t enough, emailing isn’t enough. Pen pals can only go so far; talking on the phone can only go so far. Eventually, the test of intimacy is to meet face-to-face, where words become embodied in people, in the flesh. That’s the test as to whether it was all talk, all high-minded notions, or whether it was real or not. God knows this and so God became flesh and lived with us so that we could know something more about Him than justRead More →

Summary In the quest for a personal relationship with anyone, there comes a time when you’ve got to get beyond mere words; texting isn’t enough, emailing isn’t enough. Pen pals can only go so far; talking on the phone can only go so far. Eventually, the test of intimacy is to meet face-to-face, where words become embodied in people, in the flesh. That’s the test as to whether it was all talk, all high-minded notions, or whether it was real or not. God knows this and so God became flesh and lived with us so that we could know something more about Him than justRead More →

Summary In the quest for a personal relationship with anyone, there comes a time when you’ve got to get beyond mere words; texting isn’t enough, emailing isn’t enough. Pen pals can only go so far; talking on the phone can only go so far. Eventually, the test of intimacy is to meet face-to-face, where words become embodied in people, in the flesh. That’s the test as to whether it was all talk, all high-minded notions, or whether it was real or not. God knows this and so God became flesh and lived with us so that we could know something more about Him than justRead More →

Summary We are continuing a consideration of a personal relationship with God. This idea is at the center of what is called evangelicalism. The evangelicals saw that all the doctrines of the church were not glorious in themselves, but glorious because God had made them known to us so that we know and appreciate an unending relationship with Him. Now we study our bibles and we pray and we seek to live morally, God-directed lives. But even here we are not cultivating good behaviors. No, here we are cultivating a good relationship with God who gives Himself to us for these very things. With thisRead More →

Summary We are continuing a consideration of a personal relationship with God. This idea is at the center of what is called evangelicalism. The evangelicals saw that all the doctrines of the church were not glorious in themselves, but glorious because God had made them known to us so that we know and appreciate an unending relationship with Him. Now we study our bibles and we pray and we seek to live morally, God-directed lives. But even here we are not cultivating good behaviors. No, here we are cultivating a good relationship with God who gives Himself to us for these very things. With thisRead More →