Your purpose in a Starbucks Cup

You are not an accident. Your parents may not have planned you, but God did. He wanted you alive and created you for a purpose. Focusing on yourself will never reveal your purpose. You were made by God and for God, and until you understand that, life will never make sense. Only in God do we discover our origin, our identity, our meaning, our purpose, our significance, and our destiny.

– Dr. Rick Warren, Author of The Purpose Driven Life

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Hell, no!

This month is Halloween month. So at Grace Place, we thought of having a series for that. It’s called, “So you’re dead… now what”. It talks about anything about the after life. It’s a very uncomfortable topic, but heck we know we’re all going to die. It’s better to know what’s next than not at all!

This week, we’re talking about Hell. As my wife said, it’s a good topic, no body wants to talk about it, so let’s bring it on. While preparing for my grace group tonight, these thoughts run through my mind.

– We’re all going to die. Oh, yeah, we are. Whatever life altering procedure you do, we’re all going to die.

– There are 2 major views of death. I came from a tradition that says when you die, you sleep (a.k.a the doctrine of “soul sleep”). I changed camp. Most evangelicals believe that when you die, you continue to exist and will either directly go to heaven or hell (a.k.a. the doctrine of “Immortality of the Soul”). I will have a few Adventists on my grace groups, and if this question will be raised, I’m just going to say, “You continue to believe what you know is true, I believe mine, and it’s alright. Because whether the soul sleeps or is awake when you die is not the real issue. The real issue is, what are you doing now that you’re alive so that you’ll know exactly where you’re going in the after life?

– Heaven is real.

– Hell is real. But we don’t want to talk about it. Because we want to live as if it doesn’t exist.

– You won’t see your buddies in hell. You won’t drink beers with them, won’t laugh with them, won’t party with them. In hell, you’re going to be all alone. All by yourself. Nobody to talk to. In utter darkness.

– God doesn’t want us to go to hell. In the first place, hell is created for Satan. But because of our sinfulness and God’s holiness, we’re going there. And if we do, that doesn’t mean God didn’t do anything to save you. He did EVERYTHING you can imagine when he sent Jesus on earth and die a criminal’s death. You just don’t want to do anything with Jesus today. You simply want to do what you want to do with your life. And God will let you. Go. To. Hell.

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Quotable quote: Mark Driscoll on Arminianism and Calvinism

I’ve been in discussion with some Calvinists these days. What I hate with this kind of discussion is sometimes if not most of the times, it will get ugly. Some will become proud of what they believe in — thinking that they know everything. Worst, it will even make evangelical Christians hit each other as if they are not part of the same family. Well, some weirdos on both camps even claim that the people on the other side aren’t Christian!

Here’s Mark Driscoll, my favorite Calvinist, talking about Arminianism and Calvinism.

Excerpts:

“To be fair, both teams are Christians. This is an in-house debate. They agree on the big issues of our faith… And the truth is, in both teams there are a few wing nuts, nut jobs, weirdos and nut balls (ughh, very true! :D ) just like your family… The proponents of these teams both love Jesus. … Arminians include …. (the list) … very nice people, we love them. … Here’s my point, if you’re an Arminian who loves Jesus, you can be a member of Mars Hill Church (Driscoll’s church). We’ll debate this with you, but we’re not gonna divide over this with you… we can disagree with all this but still love one another. There are doctrines that need to divide us, there are doctrines that need not divide us but rather we can discuss in a loving way as a family.”

Btw, I’m NOT a Calvinist NOR an Arminian. I simply refused to put my belief system in a box.