How Great is Our God?

God has attributes of goodness and greatness. Attributes of greatness include spirituality, life, personality, infinity, and constancy.

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Spirituality: God is spirit. He is not composed of matter and does not possess a physical nature.

God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.

John 4:24 (ESV)

Life: God is characterized by life. He is a living God and His existence is independent in that He doesn’t need anything else to exist. His very nature is to be.

Psalm 84:2 (NIV) My soul yearns, even faints, for the courts of the LORD; my heart and my flesh cry out for the living God.

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Exodus 3:14(NIV) God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM. This is what you are to say to the Israelites: ‘I AM has sent me to you.’

Personality: God is an individual being with self-consciousness, will and the capabilities of feeling, choosing, and having a reciprocal relationship with other personal and social beings. God has a name that He assigns to himself and through which He reveals himself.

Infinity: God is infinite. He is unlimited and unlimitable. He is a limitless being, unlike anything we experience.

  1. Space: God is not subject to the limitations of space
  2. Time: God is not limited by time. Time does not apply to Him. He is not bound    by time.
  3. Knowledge: God’s understanding and knowledge is immeasurable. He has access to all information, to all knowledge.
  4. Power: God is all-powerful. He can do all things which are proper objects of his power.

Grace to you and peace from him who is and who was and who is to come…Revelation 1:4 (ESV)

Constancy:  God is unchanging. There is no quantitative or qualitative change in God.

Ever.

Hebrews 13:8 (NIV)  Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.

What do we mean when we say God is free? God does not have the limitations of a physical body. He is not limited to any geographical or spatial location. God is not bound by space or time. He has all power and knowledge. God is infinite.

God is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow.

Always.

How Great Is Our God (World Edition) [feat. Chris Tomlin]

Why Good Friday Matters

Tomorrow, March 30, 2018, is Good Friday. Kids all around the country will be out for school, enjoying an extra day to play with friends. Families around the globe will be shopping for chocolate, boiling eggs, and traveling in preparation for gatherings with loved ones. My German family members are gathering near Frankfurt, Germany to celebrate the Easter holiday. My uncle Rudiger and my cousin Oliver will be spending time with my Aunt Elke, Cousin Petra and her family. My cousin Andi is sure to be there also with his family. Here in Texas, my Sweet T and I will gather with her folks, Gary and Joyce and sister Sheri and brother David for lunch on Easter Sunday. Mom is spending Easter with friends. Many of us will spend the weekend at Easter Eve and Easter Sunday events.

Why does Good Friday Matter?

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Good Friday makes Easter possible. Without the events that took place on Good Friday over 2,000 years ago there can be no Empty Tomb to celebrate, no Resurrection to rejoice in. And yes, Easter, like Christmas, is a Christian religious holiday. At Christmas, Christians rejoice in commemorating the birth of our Lord Jesus. On Easter Sunday, we rejoice, because after His death on Friday, He rose from the grave on Sunday! Good Friday made that possible. Without Good Friday, there would be no rising to celebrate because there would have been no atoning death to rise from.

Good Friday matters because it is the day that the God of all Creation pulled off His plan of salvation through the shed blood of His precious Son on that renowned Cross at Calvary. On Good Friday, all of the promises and all the prophecies were fulfilled. God’s plan to redeem mankind from rebellion, rejection and separation became reality because Jesus, fully God and fully man, bore the punishment for all of our sins past, present, and future upon his Divine, yet human, shoulders. On Good Friday, Jesus completed his mission, carrying out the Father’s will and plan, making right that which had been made wrong.

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Good Friday matters because on that day, God’s grace and mercy rained down on all mankind, making possible the impossible, washing what had once been unwashable, making it whiter than snow. Good Friday matters because through Christ’s death on the Cross, you and I can take off our old clothes of unrighteousness and put on our new clothes of Christ’s righteousness.

 

Good Friday matters because on that day, long ago, God brought light out of darkness and made beauty out of ashes. On that day, Jesus’ blood ran red, defeating death, so we might claim the spoils of victory. On that day, God who sought us, bought us, giving the gift of eternal life for all who would hear, believe, and receive. Good Friday matters because from that day, all blessings flow.

Amen and amen. All praise and glory be to God.

Jesus is the reason for this season too.

Praying that your Easter is filled with love and joy, friends and family. Happy Easter!

Who do you say Jesus is?

Liar, Lunatic, or Lord

I am trying here to prevent anyone saying the really foolish thing that people often say about Him: ‘I’m ready to accept Jesus as a great moral teacher, but I don’t accept His claim to be God.’ That is the one thing we must not say. A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher. He would either be a lunatic—on a level with the man who says he is a poached egg—or else he would be the Devil of Hell. You must make your choice.  Either this man was, and is, the Son of God: or else a madman or something worse. You can shut Him up for a fool, you can spit at Him and kill Him as a demon; or you can fall at His feet and call Him Lord and God. But let us not come with any patronising nonsense about His being a great human teacher. He has not left that open to us. He did not intend to.

C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity (1952; Harper Collins: 2001) 51-52.

Review: Never Lose Sight-Chris Tomlin

Opening with the powerfully reverent “Good, Good Father”, Chris Tomlin’s latest musical endeavor explores faith and what it means to worship as a 21st century Christian. With the release of his ninth studio album, Never Lose Sight, the 44-year old native of Grand Saline, Texas enlisted the help of contemporary Christian music notables like Danny Gokey, Matt Redman, Kim Walker-Smith, Matt Maher and Jason Ingram.

In Never Lose Sight, Contemporary Christian Music’s finest songwriter and author of worship standards like “How Great Is Our God,” “Our God,” and “Whom Shall I Fear (God of Angel Armies),” has woven together an authentic worship record reflecting on the innumerable wonders of God.

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Songs like “Jesus” and “God of Calvary “, and “He Lives” remind us of the incomparable anchor of our Christian faith, while offerings like “Home,” “Glory Be,” and “All Yours” celebrate the goodness and magnificence of God.

The duet with Danny Gokey, “Impossible Things” declares the power of the Lord at work in our world.

Track List from Never Lose Sight (Deluxe Edition)

1              Good, Good Father

2              Jesus

3              Impossible Things (feat. Danny Gokey)

4              Home

5              God of Calvary

6              He Lives

7              Glory Be

8              Come Thou Fount (I Will Sing)

9              Yes and Amen

10           All Yours

11           First Love (feat. Kim Walker-Smith)

12           The God I Know

13           God and God Alone

14           Kyrie Eleison (feat. Matt Maher, Matt Redman, Jason Ingram)

“Come Thou Fount” is a beautiful, prayerful reworking of one of the beloved Christian hymns. The celebratory “First Love”, is a collaboration with Kim Walker-Smith, whose angelic, soulful voice perfectly complements Tomlin’s familiar tenor.

The album closes out with “The God I Know” and “God and God Alone” before ending with “Kyrie Eleison”, featuring Matt Maher, Matt Redman, and Jason Ingram. All three songs are diamonds among the shiny treasure found on what may be Tomlin’s best effort to date.

Never Lose Sight does not break new sonic ground. That is not its purpose. Rather, Never Lose Sight is a work of prayerful anthems and sure-to-be worship standards. The songs reflect on the Truth, the Way and the Life that is Jesus Christ, and the album, solidly performed and produced, serves as a means of worshipping the Lord God Almighty. What more could you ask for in a Christian worship album?

No doubt, Tomlin will be adding to his collection of Dove Awards and possibly even add a couple of Grammys. Never Lose Sight is a masterfully, well done beacon shining amidst the growing discography of CCM’s finest son.

Watch “Jesus” video by Chris Tomlin