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The Passion of Stewardship

Days of Praise
The Passion of Stewardship
August 17, 2010
"And to love him with all the heart, and with all the understanding, and with all the soul, and with all the strength, and to love his neighbour as himself, is more than all whole burnt offerings and sacrifices." (Mark 12:33)
The regular diet of TV and Hollywood productions--which have grown far worse in many ways than in the radical 1960s--is rarely scrutinized or criticized. Yet vitriolic attacks on "religion" in the media are both commonplace and increasingly intense. Is there a reason for this passionate aggression?
God has a rather "passionate" view about His character and His unique authority in the universe: "I am the LORD, and there is none else, there is no God beside me: I girded thee, though thou hast not known me: That they may know from the rising of the sun, and from the west, that there is none beside me. I am the LORD, and there is none else. . . . For thus saith the LORD that created the heavens; God himself that formed the earth and made it; he hath established it, he created it not in vain, he formed it to be inhabited: I am the LORD; and there is none else" (Isaiah 45:5-6, 18).
We do not and cannot know many details about the great work of God as Creator and on Calvary as Savior. What is very clear, however, is that the same God who created the worlds (Hebrews 1:2) also died on the cross (John 1:1-3; Colossians 1:16-17).
It is nothing short of blasphemy to profess that the omniscient and omnipotent God of love and grace would have effected His creation through the horrific, purposeless, waste-filled and age-long death of billions of living things prior to the rebellion of Adam (Romans 5:12). The naturalistic and volutionary scheme of atheistic man is contradictory to God's Word and His revealed character. We are to be committed to what God has said--whether the majority is passionately against it or not. HMM III
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