The Law

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Christianity can be known as a religion of burdensome laws. Many people would say that to be a Christian means to obey the Ten Commandments: don’t steal, don’t kill, don’t lie, and go to church on Sunday. And, if you do all of those things really well, well then God will be pleased with you and you get to go to heaven someday. But that is far from what the Bible has to say about Christianity. Christianity is the promise that people like you and me can actually know God and have a relationship with Him through Jesus Christ. It tells the story of God sending Jesus to rescue people like you and me from our sin, and to invite us into relationship with God as a child of God through faith. And like any good father, God gives his children laws to keep us safe and to protect our souls. The law then, rather than a burden, is one of God’s greatest gifts.

I’m Jason Dees, encouraging you to think through it.

Moses and the Red Sea

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One of my favorite narratives in the Bible is the story of Moses leading the people of Israel through the Red Sea. The Hebrew people had been in bondage in Egypt for hundreds of years, and finally after ten powerful signs from the Lord, Pharaoh agreed to free the people. So, the Hebrew nation left Egypt setting out for Canaan, but then Pharaoh changed his mind. He sent his whole army to corner the Hebrews at the Red Sea. The people thought that they were doomed until in a moment of miraculous grace God parted the waters of the Red Sea giving the Hebrew people a way of salvation, and later brought the water back together destroying the entire Egyptian army. In this story we see that the judgment of God is very real, but we also see that God will provide a way of salvation for his people. The good news of Christianity is that you can become one of God’s people through faith in Jesus Christ.

I’m Jason Dees, encouraging you to think through it.

Moses

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The Biblical story of Moses is one of the most fascinating stories in the history of the world. Moses was born as a slave in Egypt, but when Pharaoh decided to kill all of the Hebrew boys, Moses’ parents placed him into a basket in the Nile River to hide him. In an amazing turn of events, the baby Moses was actually found by Pharaoh’s daughter, and she took him in as her own. So, Moses actually ended up being raised in the household of the man who was initially trying to kill him. As he grew up, he came to understand who he was as a Hebrew man. After killing an Egyptian, Moses was forced to flee to a place called Midian where he lived a very simple life for forty years all before God used him to change the course of human history. Your life may be in a scary or discouraging place right now, but let Moses be a reminder to you that God is still in control and always working.

I’m Jason Dees, encouraging you to think through it.

Virtue

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Why are you honest? Why are you considerate of others? Why do you practice virtue of any kind? The great American thinker Jonathan Edwards proposed that there are actually two kinds of virtue. The first is common virtue. He said that people practice common virtue out of fear and pride. So for example, often times people are honest either because they are afraid of being caught in dishonesty, or they are proud, or they want to be known as an honest man or woman. This is common virtue. But, Edwards said that there is also true virtue. True virtue only happens when you are virtuous – not out of fear and pride, but because you see the beauty of honesty, generosity, or patience. Edwards goes on to say that you can only be truly virtuous when you know the creator of virtue, the guide of virtue. In other words, you can only truly love virtue when you truly love God. So what is the motivation for your virtue? Fear and Pride, or love for God?

I’m Jason Dees, encouraging you to think through it.