Freedom and Boundaries

“I’m sorry. That’s not on the grocery list.” Thus was a satisfactory explanation for our first three kids (Lindsey, Wesley, and Monica) whenever they spotted something on the shelf they wanted while shopping with Mom. air max pas cher But then came Micah. It worked for a while after he became aware of all the wonderful goodies lining the shelves of the grocery store. asics outlet shop But then one day, after asking again for some eye appealing delight and receiving the standard response from Mom, Micah shot back, “Put it on the list.” Being the quick on her feet mother of four, Mom replied, “I don’t have anything to write with.” Stumped for only a second, Micah shot back, “Buy a pen.” Not to be outdone by a four year old, Mom quipped back, “That’s not on the grocery list.” End of argument, at least for a while. Von Miller Jerseys There’s a little bit of Micah in all of us. Scarpe Nike Online Shop Outlet baskets noires Asics Lyte Jogger Living within “the rules,” accepting the boundaries of life and societal living is a love/hate paradigm of what it means to be human. We all love boundaries especially when they apply to other people and the protection of our own well being. But then, we all love to push the boundaries imposed on us to try and satisfy our personal desires. So when Jesus says, “Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light” (Matthew 11:29, 30) I’m not sure we know what to do with His yoke around our necks that makes everything light and easy. (It is noteworthy, I think, that this saying of Jesus is only recorded in the Gospel of Matthew, written by a Roman tax collector.) Covenant Theology gives us some insight and guidance in the quest for freedom found within the boundaries of Jesus’ yoke of life. God, as creator of the universe, unashamedly established the physical, emotional, and spiritual laws that govern His creation. Youngstown State Penguins asics gel nimbus donna It may be astonishing, but it should be of no surprise that the laws of physics apply universally, that is, not only on Earth, but universally. So it doesn’t matter if you are a Christian, an atheist, deist, Mormon, Muslim, or anything else – if you leap from a twenty story tall building, you will hit bottom rather hard and die. It’s just the law of physics. Canotte Golden State Warriors I dare say we don’t know everything there is to know about the laws of physics and how to apply them in our lives, but that is the challenge of learning the glory of God. The same applies to the laws of logic. The same applies to the laws of spiritual living. air max pas cher God blesses the man, even the non-believer, who conforms to His created order and terms of living. Chicago Bulls

Cheap Nike Air Max UK Likewise, God curses those who push the boundaries beyond the limits of His ordained order and attempt to live autonomously. God’s covenant with creation is progressive and linear. Progressive in the sense of mankind’s God given ability to comprehend and apply His covenantal terms. Linear in that man’s God given ability to comprehend and apply His covenantal terms moves history closer and closer to the end of God’s redemptive plan for mankind. Covenant Theology stands in contrast to secular humanism that portrays history as circular and repetitive and creation as sound and furious, signifying nothing. Covenant Theology affects all of life living and thinking. hollister pas cher asics schoenen Covenant Theology connects all of history together – past, present, and future. Los Angeles Lakers Covenant Theology connects all of mankind together – past, present, and future. Covenant Theology progresses upon the foundation of the past. Revolution discards the past in an attempt to establish a brand new paradigm. new balance 1980 zante roma Covenantally, all of Scripture is authoritative and the basis for societal ethics. Covenant Theology doesn’t ignore the life implications of certain parts of scripture deemed old fashioned or irrelevant to our times. We baptize our infants just as those before us circumcised their infants (Colossians 2:11-13) rather than looking for some kind of verbal confession of something. We serve our infants communion as those before us observed the Passover Meal with their whole family rather than some recent invention of confession. Yes, we have a tendency to be attracted to the “new” and “never thought of before” trends of culture – whether secular or sacred. New Balance 577 damskie In reality, as each generation progresses along the line of historic redemption, there are “new” things – at least new to us. But the new cannot be embraced at the expense of the old. new balance 997 on sale A new piece of the puzzle must fit with the old pieces already fitted together. Just because we can see the real things today doesn’t mean the shadow of the thing was not real.

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