Pastor's Pen
by Buzz Dahlen
What do you think about when you think about God?  If asked, (and I guess I am asking you now) how would you describe God.  How do you see God?  What do you think God is like?  I found this, which may prime the pump, so to speak.  See if you agree…
GOD is a personal Creator worthy of human worship because of His holy nature and His perfect love revealed in creating the universe, electing and redeeming His people, and providing eternal salvation through His Son Jesus Christ. God is unique in nature. No person, object, or idea can be compared to God. Anything said about God must be based on His revelation of Himself to us. Anything said about God must be said in human terms, the only terms we have and understand. The reality of God is always much greater than human minds can understand or express.
Wow, that’s pretty deep thinking, but it takes some pretty deep thinking to think about God.  I know when I try to think about all the different aspects of God my head starts to hurt. Many people do not allow themselves to believe in God for just that reason.  There is just too much God for them to accept. So, when I think about God I must go to the gospel.  In the gospel, we see the works of God, His statement of love, if you will.  When I do this, He is a bit easier to comprehend, because in the gospel we see God in flesh and blood through His Son, Jesus Christ.
But there are still those who refuse to accept God even when looking at Him through the gospel.  Concerning those people Paul writes this: 
The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of men who suppress the truth by their wickedness, since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them.  For since the creation of the world God's invisible qualities--his eternal power and divine nature--have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.
For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like mortal man and birds and animals and reptiles.
Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another.  They exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator--who is forever praised. Amen.
Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural relations for unnatural ones.  In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed indecent acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their perversion.
Furthermore, since they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, he gave them over to a depraved mind, to do what ought not to be done. They have become filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed and depravity. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit and malice. They are gossips, slanderers, God-haters, insolent, arrogant and boastful; they invent ways of doing evil; they disobey their parents; they are senseless, faithless, heartless, ruthless.  Although they know God's righteous decree that those who do such things deserve death, they not only continue to do these very things but also approve of those who practice them.  Romans 1:18-32
What do you think about, when you think about God?

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