Parables & Parallels
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David Litwin

Posted 5/6/13 at 7:22 AM | David Litwin

Connecting with a Culture In Crisis

In my pre-teen years, I often handed over my pittance of a weekly allowance to the cashier at the local hobby supply store. Completing enough chores that week meant I could make it out of the store with a model plane kit and few small bottles of Testors Paint before the money ran out. The assembled model plane on the cover of the box was always the pinnacle of perfection. No doubt it had been constructed by some forty year old engineer who had assembled model kits since the early fifties. But I didn’t know that. So every time I came home with a new kit, I told my parents that, this time, my final construction was going to look just like the box. And every time… it didn’t.

My desire, or better yet – my declaration – was perfection. But what was seen was… well, it certainly was less than that.

It is interesting that in the first chapter of Genesis we see God following suit, making a declaration first, and then seeing the result second. In God’s case, what He declares and what He sees coalesce.

And God said, “Let the water teem with living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the expanse of the sky.” (Genesis 1:20, NIV) FULL POST

Posted 12/4/12 at 1:16 PM | David Litwin

Trouble in Paradise: The Danger of "Maturing" Sin

Ponder:
"and sin, when it is full grown, leads to death." James 1:15

Although scripture asserts that the wages of sin “is death,” many people appear to get off scott free. We certainly see much of our society engaging in ‘sinful’ behaviors, only to blissfully meander through life supposedly unscathed. Sure, you can harbor the inner self-righteous hope that they’ll get theirs in the end, but is that any way to see another person made in God’s image? Yet as a believer, practicing restraint from many of society’s greatest pleasures, have you ever wondered, “What gives?” Solomon struggled with this many millennia ago, but what about today? We’ve sanctioned many sinful behaviors, actions that are now governmentally legal, but are still not approved by God and His mandates. Is the concept of sin growing irrelevant if those engaging in it never seem to experience sin’s wage? To answer that question, I will ask a different question. FULL POST

Posted 11/30/12 at 9:35 AM | David Litwin

What's in your Spiritual "Tackle Box?"

Ponder:
"Come, follow me," Jesus said, "and I will make you fishers of men." Matthew 4:19 NIV

“Study to show yourself approved unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” 2 Timothy 2:15 King James 2000 Bible

A number of years ago, a friend I was discipling posed a question to me after a church service. I love this guy. Most of his questions were about how to get out of doing the various spiritual practices that intentionally result in a believer’s growth. This was a similar question. “If the Holy Spirit is the One who speaks through me when I witness to someone,” he began, “then I don’t really have to study scripture or know too much, because He’ll bring the words to me, right?” It was a good thought. After all, scripture does say that we are not to worry about what to say when we are in front of others, for He will give us the words with which to speak. FULL POST