Lord you are an Amazing God – and I love you

It occurred to me this morning just how many people talk about Christianity in such a mechanical, inpersonal way with not a mention of a relational, loving, all merciful God at all. I find this especially as I talk theologically, politically, and sometimes, generally.

For those of us who call ourselves ‘Christian’, we need to take a step back and just remember that Jesus is very much a people person, not a theological, political junkie…

1 Out of the depths I cry to you, LORD;
2 Lord, hear my voice.
Let your ears be attentive
to my cry for mercy.

3 If you, LORD, kept a record of sins,
Lord, who could stand?
4 But with you there is forgiveness,
so that we can, with reverence, serve you.

5 I wait for the LORD, my whole being waits,
and in his word I put my hope.
6 I wait for the Lord
more than watchmen wait for the morning,
more than watchmen wait for the morning.

7 Israel, put your hope in the LORD,
for with the LORD is unfailing love
and with him is full redemption.
8 He himself will redeem Israel
from all their sins. – Psalm 130

 

The song, “Amazing God” by Lou Fellingham has been on my mind and heart recently. So powerful. And I think I’m going to make it my prayer offering for this week. Have a listen…

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Dean Roberts

Dean is a Minister in the Anglican Church. Currently he is Curate in the parishes of Bedwas, Machen, Michaelston-y-Fedw and Rudry in South Wales. He was born and bred in Wales, is married to Megan, and has two dogs called Taliesin and Melyn, and two cats named Sinsir and Hรขf. He graduated from Cardiff University with a BA Hons. in Theology & Religious Studies, and has studied for an MA in Theology, Ministry & Mission at Trinity College Bristol. He also holds a Cert.RSCM from the Royal School of Church Music. He loves playing music, walking, reading, blogging and horse riding as well as going to the cinema and theatre. Read More @ http://deanroberts.net/about

  • I love that song by the Lost Dogs that the first pic quotes! This was a great post…it is so true. We remove ourselves a lot of times from the full magnitude of God’s holiness and mercy. May we return to our proper places as children of God-on our knees, hallowing His name and recognizing His greatness. Our blessings will increase and more of His Kingdom will be seen on earth.

    • Amen! Thank you for posting Jessica, and welcome to my blog! I hope you come again and comment.

      I get so bogged down by the news and current affairs and theology at times that I just miss the centrality of all that I am or should be living for! It’s all about Jesus ๐Ÿ™‚

  • William Scarrott

    Thanks, Dean, for this reminder. It IS all about Jesus.

    • Thanks for sharing William ๐Ÿ™‚ Do you have a blog that I can follow?

  • Jesus loves pornstars, addicts, strippers, homeless, prostitutes, drug dealers, sinners, outcasts, pimps, murderers, child molestors….
    Hence why even if he did turn out to be real, I’d walk away from him because all of those are going to be heaven for just believing in him. I wonder how the parents of the children that have been molestored will feel about sharing heaven with the person who harmed their child, or the child who has to share heaven with the person who murdered their mother. Heaven is not a place I want to be.

    • Well, you’re included in that list, Amy, so I don’t think you’re qualified to a) pass judgement and b) to think that you’re more intelligent and wise than God.

      • AJ

        hmmm psalm 5 vs 5
        …. The arrogant cannot stand
        in your presence.
        You hate all who do wrong …..
        I think the bible is pretty clear, if you’re not under the grace of God then the outlook isn’t looking too good for you, but if you are under the grace of God then you#re being transformed and aren’t porn stars, drug dealers etc..

        • Completely agree with you Andy… but Jesus died to save all those people in the list, hence why he loves them.

          • AJ

            ahhh this can come back to the theology of election and predesitnation and if they’re denying God and being judged for that would God have punished Jesus for them as well? Lol there’s too much to say on all that in a single comment but I appreciate what you’re saying. I’m still trying to work this all out in fear and trembling but not sure if I’ll fully resolve my theologies any time soon, hopefully it’ll come with time and growth!

          • It can, AJ, but if one believes in Election and Predestination, then over thinking can lead to a neglecting of evangelism and mission.

            One point to especially consider is that CalvinISTS believe in Limited Atonement, which is something Calvin himself disagreed with; that is, that Jesus’ death only has the power to save those who had been picked by God before the creation of the world.

            This is obviously coupled with unconditional atonement: that God has chosen, for his pleasure and glory, only certain individuals to be saved, and therefore has ‘made some vessels for destruction’ as the Bible says.

            If you’re a conditional atonement believer, you would say that God’s foreknowledge and a person’s free will go hand in hand some way, and so limited atonement is not possible.

            Very complex stuff…

  • Oh but you can pass judgement Dean, is that it? You judge people in your articles. You can judge that you believe athiests deserve to being tortured for eternity. If someone harms another person without decent reason, I have a right as being part of this human race and having to share it with all other humans to judge those who harm others. Do you not believe in the law then? That judges crimes and people or would you have murdera’s and rapists running around killing people and let your God deal with it?
    Your points don’t work with me because I’m not a follower of your religon, and I don’t think I’m wiser than a being who does not exist. I do not fear hell and judgement after death because I do not believe there is a God there to judge me. You have a warped sense of reality and that makes you just as dangerous as the evil people out of there. You are not moral, you are judgemental, you certainly like to judge me. I would not have someone like you around my children if I had them. All the religions in the world can’t all be right, but they can all be wrong. And if I’m right and your wrong, then your life will be wasted because you can not do real honest good with a warped mind like that. And if I’m wrong, I have already accepted that I would not want to spend an eternity with an immoral God that is vain and cruel. And AJ lets see you preach about that stuff if and when someone does something awful to someone you know. I think it is awful people think like you. You believe because of an old book, don’t say it’s just because of that because if there were never any record of jesus or god you would know nothing about it and therefore not know to believe in it because god is NOT everywhere and you’d be non the wiser about it. Start using your brains and start to learn right from wrong a little better. How are you any better than suicide bombers, you’d do the same thing if you believed God came and spoke to you and told you too, you certainly wouldn’t turn to God and say ‘no that’s wrong’. That is what makes you immoral and dangerous and that is what makes belief in gods dangerous.

    • Well I’m not passing judgement… because I’m in that list too.

      And again, your comment highlights all the things you *think* Christianity is about, but unfortunately, none of them subscribe to orthodox Christian belief.

      It’s also confirmed my suspicion that you’ve already decided that God isn’t real, and the claims of Jesus are false. So, you really will be ‘researching’ to confirm those beliefs that you hold so tightly.

      And because of that, you get very offended when I say you’re included in the list in the picture of this post… but what you don’t understand, is that every human being is included in the list; a core belief of Christianity.

      I’m not the one to pass judgement; I speak against immorality and injustice, but the judgement I speak of is that of God, not myself.

      As for AJ being a suicide bomber, I’ll let him get back to you on that one. ๐Ÿ˜‰

      • AJ

        I couldn’t reply to your other comment so thought I would here..
        Yeh you’re right evanglism can get neglected so it is quite a dangerous theology, many point of Calvanism just don’t sit right with my heart. I heard a good saying though, sleep like a calvanist, work like an arminian! Quite like that ๐Ÿ™‚

        • Interesting quote! Who said that?

          Yeah, I grew up in a Reformed Chapel, very Calvinist and such… but I don’t know exactly what I think or believe about the whole predestination thing… Even after exhaustively studying all angles, I’m still at the whole “God obviously knows who and who isn’t going to be saved, and I know we’re special because we’re saved, but has God chosen us, and therefore chosen people to be damned? Or does free will play a very important place?”

          I think I’m of the thinking that Jesus offers anyone forgiveness, and that it is the way we turn when we face that offer that determines salvation. BUT God knows which way we’re going to turn…

          BUT – I could be wrong.

          However, I certainly don’t preach Calvanism (http://drn.so/iWxXKB).

          And I certainly don’t believe in Universalism. It’s all a journey… and I don’t know whether God wants us to know this theology! Some things are just not meant to be fathomed by humans…

          • AJ

            It was one of my spiritual go to guys at my church, not sure who he stole it off though haha unless it’s his own! It just means, rest assured of your salvation but then live in the way that we were commissioned to live. Yeh you seem to be at a similar place as me Dean I agree with what you’re saying. Will take a listen to your sermon

  • Yes Dean that is why I’m an ATHIEST as I have already said, my research is not to find God, I don’t think he is there to be found!
    And wrong again, I am not offended to be in that list, I agree we have all sinned and will always continue to do so, none of us are perfect, so I was not offended by that at all. I’m only offended by the way you speak to me as if I’m a moran and the way you assume so many things about me, you give this way of appearing as if you think you’re above most people. You don’t even know if that is Gods judgement and even if it was it doesn’t make it right. I also never said he was I said with that kind of thought he becomes no better. And this argument has become as pointless as arguing about whether big foot is real or not. You have made me glad to not be a christian anymore, at least not one like you. There are christians out there who I’d never have a problem with because at least they are still capable of thinking for themselves and are not brainwashed. If you want to believe that is your choice as in anyones, I just ask you to always think with your heart first rather than let a book think for you.

  • AJ

    lol Amy I’m not sure if you read and interpreted what I said correctly.. i quoted the scripture up there from the book of psalms google it and read it. Psalm 5 vs 5. The psalmist is talking about God…The arrogant cannot stand in your presence. You hate all who do wrong…
    Plus, I was questioning Dean. I wasn’t sure about what he was saying.

    what does anything about what I said have anything to do with somebody doing evil to one of my loved ones…? Ofcourse I’d be devastated if that did happen, what are you getting at?

    ..How am I any better than a suicide bomber? Are you delusional?
    Your comments are just coming across as very immature, please don’t tell me how you think I’d act in these certain situation because like most your other comments you’ve just shown yourself to be wrong.