Mars Hill Notes 2009-03-01

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1. Side notes

1.1. C.S. Lewis on this contradiction


1.1.2. "Of course reality must be self-consistent; but till (if ever) we can see the consistency it is better to hold two inconsistent views than to ignore one side of the evidence . . . It is plain from Scripture that, in whatever sense the Pauline doctrine is true, it is not true in any sense which excludes its (apparent) opposite."

1.1.3. "I think we must take a leaf out of the scientists' book. They are quite familiar with the fact that for example, light has to be regarded both as a wave and as a stream of particles. No-one can make these two views consistent. Of course reality must be self-consistent: but till (if ever) we can see the consistency it is better to hold two inconsistent views than to ignore one side of the evidence. The inter-relation between God's omnipotence and Man's freedom is something we can't find out. Looking at the Sheep and the Goats, every man can be quite sure that every kind act he does will be accepted by Christ. Yet equally, we all do feel sure that all the good in us comes from Grace. We have to leave it at that. I find the best plan is to take the Calvinist view of my own virtues and the other people's vices; and the other view of my own vices and other people's virtues. But tho' there is much to be puzzled about, there is nothing to be worried about. It is plain from Scripture that, in whatever sense the Pauline doctrine is true, it is not true in any sense which excludes its (apparent) opposite. You know what Luther said, 'Do you doubt if you are chosen? Then say your prayers and you may conclude that you are.' " - Letters of C. S. Lewis

1.1.4. I first came across this passage in this book on C.S. Lewis and Francis Shaeffer C.S. Lewis & Francis Schaeffer: Lessons for a New Century from the Most Influential Apologists of Our Time By Scott R. Burson, Jerry L. Walls Published by InterVarsity Press, 1998 ISBN 0830819355, 9780830819355 308 pages

2. How to make a decision

2.1. Psalm 37:4 (New International Version) 4 Delight yourself in the LORD and he will give you the desires of your heart.


2.2. It is perfectly spiritual to be transformed by God in your character and do what you want

2.3. Submit yourself to Godly people who will tell you what you don't want to hear

2.3.1. Folks who will show you your blind spots

3. Setting

3.1. Tim Gaydos

3.2. Downtown Seattle Campus

4. Streaming with God

4.1. Just went to Hawaii but forgot to get a Rental Car

4.1.1. Forgot to get one

4.1.2. Tried to rent one

4.1.3. Craig's list

4.1.4. Try rental a car people are selling

4.1.5. Linda Want to come to my Mormon church

4.1.6. Is that a good decision Wise? How do you make good decisions int he midst of trial and suffering

4.2. How do you make good wise decisions in the midst of trail and suffering

4.2.1. Baby decsions New node

4.3. Seeming contradictions

4.3.1. Proverbs 21:5 (New International Version) 5 The plans of the diligent lead to profit as surely as haste leads to poverty.;&version=31;

4.3.2. Proverbs 16:33 (New International Version) 33 The lot is cast into the lap, but its every decision is from the LORD.;&version=31;

4.4. The reality

4.4.1. We are absolutely free

4.4.2. We are absolutely determined God is taking us Our salvation is not dependent on our measly effort This is very encouraging

4.4.3. Philippians 2:12-13 (New International Version) Shining as Stars 12Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed—not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence—continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, 13for it is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose.;&version=31;

4.5. This is why we can say with confidence

4.5.1. Romans 8:28 (New International Version) 28And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him,[a] who[b] have been called according to his purpose.;&version=31;

4.5.2. Proverbs 16:3 (New International Version) 3 Commit to the LORD whatever you do, and your plans will succeed.

4.6. God guides us through the revelation of His word

4.6.1. God is good and has revealed his will through his word

4.6.2. 2 Peter 3:9 (New International Version) 9The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.;&version=31;

4.6.3. Do I know Jesus? This is how Christians have always believed that God guides us primarily

4.6.4. Am I being transformed via submission to Jesus? 1 Thessalonians 4:3 (New International Version) 3It is God's will that you should be sanctified: that you should avoid sexual immorality;;&version=31;

4.7. No bible verse will tell you

4.7.1. Who to marry

4.7.2. Where to work

4.7.3. Where to go to church

4.7.4. Yada

4.8. Bible will tell you who to be, what character to mirror