Showcase: Blessings

  • Be Blessed As A Child In Your Father's Heart by Sylvia Gunter +

    Listen to Galatians 4:6-7. "Because you are sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit Read More
  • Overcomers Blessing by Sylvia Gunter +

    "I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know ... Read More
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randy_kathyI am rereading CS Lewis' classic and it feels like I am reading it for the first time, though I have read it several times. In chapter three he speaks that all of us having a fairness standard and uses football (soccer) as an example.

This spurred my mind to the recent NFL football replacement referee scandal.

A week ago on Monday night football during what became the last game of the replacement refs, the 4th quarter ended with a bad call about an alleged touchdown. The wrong team, Seattle, was awarded the victory. The refs even got the replay wrong.

I haven't seen where this was blogged... but what is in us that makes us so upset when the fairness of a sports game is impinged? Sure, some people won money on that play (one bettor made over $700,000), but that only affects a few people. Our basic sense of fairness was affected by mostly one egregious call on a football field. That play and call struck such a negative resonant chord that it was all that sports commentators talked about the whole week.

This put enormous pressure on the NFL commissioner to 'sue for peace' with the regular referees and bring them back so they could judge justly. That turnaround happened in two days. And they returned as conquering heroes.

We all have such an innate sense of fairness. But even the regular refs will continue to make mistakes. The game, and life, still won't be fair.

God is perfectly fair. Our limited sense of fairness cascades from His holiness and perfect fairness. He is perfect; He has pristine fairness. He offers that fairness to us (being forgiven for our sins and being declared righteous, justified, to become righteous).

Unfortunately, we are the replacement referees. We have been settling for our own judgment calls. The only 'suing for peace' available for us is if we take the offer our Commissioner makes: accept His judgment that we are falling short of His fairness and embrace His offer that His Son has already paid the penalty. He has taken the loss for us.


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Favorites

  • Mysterious and Unknown: Our Great God Fernando Ortega +

    Eternal God, unchanging Mysterious and unknown Your boundless love unfailing In grace and mercy shown Bright seraphim in ceaseless flight Read More
  • Our Great God by Fernando Ortega +

    Eternal God, unchangingMysterious, and unknownYour boundless love, unfailingIn grace and mercy shownBright seraphim in endless flightAround Your glorious throneThey raise Read More
  • This is my Father's world by Fernando Ortega +

    This is my Father's world, and to my listening ears all nature sings, and round me rings the music of Read More
  • Praise to the Lord, the Almighty by Fernando Ortega +

    Praise to the Lord, the AlmightyThe King of creationO my soul, praise HimFor He is thy health and salvationAll ye Read More
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Hidden Blessings

  • Holy as God is Holy +

    As Eugene Peterson says, the book of Leviticus shows how God brings everything into his holy presence and transforms it Read More
  • Jeremiah: The Importance of Repentance +

    As Eugene Peterson has noted, Jeremiah is used by God to call the people of Israel to repentance. Read More
  • Balaam: What Happens When You Try To Strong-Arm God +

    In Numbers, the surrounding nations watch as God pours out blessing and good fortune over and over on the Israelites. Read More
  • Born of Water: A sign of our new creation in Christ +

    Baptism is like a wedding vow. Read More
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