THE BASE THEOREM
constructed many years ago...when I first got "saved"
about what I've learned since then
NOTES FROM ROMANS (PT. 1)
NOTES FROM ROMANS (PT. 2)
scientific problems that arise from the Bible...and some solutions
addendum (March 2010): these pages are here for archival/education purposes, not argumentative (despite their tone)
"But avoid foolish questions, and genealogies, and contentions, and strivings about the law; for they are unprofitable and vain (Titus 3:9 King James Version)".
the "global flood"
Daily excerpt from 'A Year with C. S. Lewis' and 'Wisdom from the Proverbs' for the 17th of November
The Sweet, Secret Desire
In speaking of this desire for our own far-off country, which we find in ourselves even now, I feel a certain shyness. I am almost committing an indecency. I am trying to rip open the inconsolable secret in each one of you—the secret which hurts so much that you take your revenge on it by calling it names like Nostalgia and Romanticism and Adolescence; the secret also which pierces with such sweetness that when, in very intimate conversation, the mention of it becomes imminent, we grow awkward and affect to laugh at ourselves; the secret we cannot hide and cannot tell, though we desire to do both. We cannot tell it because it is a desire for something that has never actually appeared in our experience. We cannot hide it because our experience is constantly suggesting it, and we betray ourselves like lovers at the mention of a name. Our commonest expedient is to call it beauty and behave as if that had settled the matter. .... The books or the music in which we thought the beauty was located will betray us if we trust to them; it was not in them, it only came through them, and what came through them was longing. These things—the beauty, the memory of our own past—are good images of what we really desire; but if they are mistaken for the thing itself, they turn into dumb idols, breaking the hearts of their worshipppers. For they are not the thing itself; they are only the scent of a flower we have not found, the echo of a tune we have not heard, news from a country we have never yet visited. Do you think I am trying to weave a spell? Perhaps I am; but remember your fairy tales. Spells are used for breaking enchantments as well as for inducing them.
—from "The Weight of Glory" (The Weight of Glory)
1917 Lewis (age eighteen) is deployed to France with his regiment, the Somerset Light Infantry.
Compiled in A Year with C.S. Lewis
The Weight of Glory: And Other Addresses. Copyright © 1949, C. S. Lewis Pte. Ltd. Copyright renewed © 1976, revised 1980 C. S. Lewis Pte. Ltd. All rights reserved. Used with permission of HarperCollins Publishers. A Year With C.S. Lewis: Daily Readings from His Classic Works. Copyright © 2003 by C. S. Lewis Pte. Ltd. All rights reserved. Used with permission of HarperCollins Publishers.
Ointment and perfume rejoice the heart: so doth the sweetness of a man's friend by hearty counsel (27:9).
The day had been so hot and tiring. All she could think of was soaking in a nice tub full of bubbles. It was the least she deserved. She stepped into the warm, fragrant bath and immediately the tensions and heat of the day were banished. As she soaked, her muscles loosened and she relaxed. There was very little in life which was as nice as a good soak in a tub after a trying day. She felt like she could face anything the world would throw at her after her bath. It didn't take a whole lot, but she was refreshed and ready to meet life again.
A good conversation with a trusted friend can be every bit as refreshing as the aforementioned bath. There can be nothing quite so gratifying as spending time with a good friend, just talking things over. We need someone with whom we can share secrets and dreams. That is why prayer is so powerful. Any time, anywhere, we can have a talk with God which will strengthen and renew us. He can give us the strength to meet the world head-on, and He will never leave us. He so wants for us to come to Him to share our lives with Him. It pleases Him to know that we love Him enough to want to spend time with Him.
PRAYER: I come to you knowing that you will not judge, or condemn, or mock. Thank you for being so close whenever I need you. I could not want a better friend in my life. I love you, Lord. Amen.
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