A faith community for Richardson
A faith community for Richardson
Please join us as we worship together with Life in Jesus Church, at 901 Waterfall Way, suite 205, Richardson 75080.
Worship at 10:15am
Can't you give me brains?" asked the Scarecrow.
"You don't need them. You are learning something every day. A baby has brains, but it doesn't know much. Experience is the only thing that brings knowledge, and the longer you are on earth the more experience you are sure to get."
"That may all be true," said the Scarecrow, "but I shall be very unhappy unless you give me brains." The false Wizard looked at him carefully.
"Well," he said with a sigh, "I'm not much of a magician, as I said; but if you will come to me tomorrow morning, I will stuff your head with brains. I cannot tell you how to use them, however; you must find that out for yourself."
"Oh, thank you--thank you!" cried the Scarecrow.
Promises are powerful. Notice how the Scarecrow is unable to turn away from the Wizard, even though he knows him to be a fraud. His hope in the Wizard is too strong to lay down; He prefers the fraud to the truth.
Could it be that the giver of brains is a type of Wizard in our own day? What fear drives us to believe and obey the Wizard that offers "brains"? Do we dare to look behind the curtain and admit that there is a false promise in the systems and structures that give us "brains"? How do you think of and treat those who haven't emerged from Emerald City with their "brains"? But won't we be very unhappy without the gift of our "brains"?
The Wizard cannot tell you how to use them, and there in lies the rub. The right use of knowledge, the ethics of applying your "brains", no Wizard can give.
"When you came to me, I was willing to promise anything if you would only do away with the other Witch; but, now that you have melted her, I am ashamed to say that I cannot keep my promises."
"I think you are a very bad man," said Dorothy.
"Oh, no, my dear; I'm really a very good man, but I'm a very bad Wizard, I must admit."
I've recently been reading the Wizard of Oz with my kids. Wow, is it ever different, and more true to life than the 1939 movie with Judy Garland! How many Emerald Cities I have walked through in this world, all with a Great and Terrible Oz waiting to place his green spectacles over my eyes, fill me with awe, promise the impossible, and fail to deliver.
I never noticed how the promises of Oz led her to confront a witch that He was sure would dispose of the very ones who could reveal the fraud that He is. The witch was not the true threat, Dorothy was.
In that regard, Dorothy is right. He is a very bad MAN, not a wizard. But, the man will not accept that He is bad, at least no worse than the rest of the Great and Terrible Wizards that carry on their own frauds.
Who is your Oz? What has He promised you? What does He require of you? Is your Oz a bad person, or just a bad wizard (deceiver)?
Take a look behind the curtain. But be ready to say goodbye to your Oz.
Next we'll look at the common promises of the Wizard.
Who made you?
my son: God made me.
What else did God make?
Why did God make you and all things?
-for His own glory.
Did God make mosquitoes?
(Pause, with an obvious look of disgust)- yes.
Why did God make mosquitoes?
-I don't know.
But it must be for His glory, right?
-yes (perhaps not convinced)
I've thought a lot about this phrase, "For His own glory" recently. I wasn't waylaid by a cloud of mosquitoes, but a very severe viral conjunctivitis (pink eye). Imagine all the demoralizing symptoms of influenza, with the indignity of inflamed and infected eyes. So contagious, I was banned to the master bedroom, cut off from society.
Why was such a virus created, or any virus? They represent some of the worst infections possible, much worse than viral pink eye. Yet, even these creations bring God glory. They were created by Him and for Him, according to His divine purpose and intention.
Perhaps you're not convinced. Perhaps you're convinced that these are sure signs of an absent Creator, or a creation gone wrong. Yet, embedded in these fragments of genetic coding is more design than we could even imagine.
James Tour, a synthetic chemist at Rice University has written a great piece on the impossibility of life from a chemical perspective. It reminds us that even though life should not exist, it does. Christians confess that it does because of a Creator, a Designer, a Master Architect.
That doesn't mean that I know why God created adenovirus for my 2 weeks of hell. But, I do know that in the end, it brings glory to His name.
"We synthetic chemists should state the obvious. The appearance of life on earth is a mystery. We are nowhere near solving this problem."
inference-review.com James Tour challenges his fellow chemists to admit that the complexity of a cell, or even of its lipid bilayer, is beyond man’s ability to duplicate, even with all of nature’s building blocks at his disposal.
Hello everyone! For any of you interested in the class I'll be teaching starting the first weekend in February, there will be some supplemental readings to complete on a weekly basis. The link below will allow you access to the articles in a digital format, which you are welcome to download and print. Feel free to bookmark the page for future reference. Let me know if you have any questions!
Great version of this song. Enjoy!
For All The Saints Words by William Walsham How Music by Christopher Miner ©1997, Christopher Miner Music. As sung by Dan Haseltine on Indelible Grace III: F...
What do you need to know
in order to live and die
in the joy of the comfort of the Gospel?
First, how great my sins and misery are;
second, how I am delivered from all my sins and misery;
third, how I am to be thankful to God for such deliverance.
[01/12/17] The Choice of Hope: http://newhoperichardson.org/sermons/january-8-2017-listen-or-download/
[01/12/17] True Hope for a New Year: http://newhoperichardson.org/sermons/true-hope-for-a-new-year/
What is your only comfort
in life and death?
That I am not my own,
but belong with body and soul,
both in life and in death,
to my faithful Saviour Jesus Christ.
He has fully paid for all my sins
with his precious blood, and has set me free
from all the power of the devil.
He also preserves me in such a way
that without the will of my heavenly Father
not a hair can fall from my head;
indeed, all things must work together
for my salvation.Therefore, by his Holy Spirit
he also assures me of eternal life
and makes me wholeheartedly willing and ready
from now on to live for him.
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