From Futility to New Life is God’s Plan

by Ken Gortowski
by Ken Gortowski

“[T]he mind set on the flesh is hostile toward God; for it does not subject[i] itself to the law of God, for it is not even able to do so….  (Romans 8:7)

[C]reation was subjected[ii] to futility[iii], not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself also will be set free ….” (Romans 8: 20-21)

Life and death, the universe and all the “stuff” that is, ever was and ever will be are “in God’s hands”. That is another way of saying that God created everything. God is timeless and immaterial and has created all that is material out of nothing, including us.

But the material world, the world as we know it, is passing away, even from the moment it was created!

And that is all part of God’s ultimate plan, though we, being only part of the material creation, have a hard time seeing it.

So, what is the plan? Continue reading

Forgive Us Our Debts


“And forgive[i] us our debts[ii]….” (Matt. 6:11[iii])

Jesus taught us to pray along the lines of the Lord’s Prayer After acknowledging God, Our Father who is in heaven, and praying that Gods’s kingdom come, and for God’s will to be done, Jesus instructed us to pray that His will be done on earth as it is heaven. But then, Jesus gets to where we live, instructing to pray that God give us our daily bread, which means more than food, and for forgiveness of our sins.

We need to ask. God promises to forgive us if we ask. (1 Jn. 1:9) It is important to us that ask. When we confess our sins and ask for God’s forgiveness, He is faithful to forgives us.

Our modern world, like never before, has exalted the power of the individual person, individual rights, individual freedoms and individual destiny while downplaying or even rejecting the idea of individual accountability and sin. The moral relativism of the last century has given away to tolerance of nearly anything and everything. Our society has rejected the idea of a Supreme Judge; trading the idea for being our own judges.

The Lord’s Prayer brings us back to the reality that we do not live as we ought. Something isn’t right in our relationship to God, and we need God to make it right. Continue reading

For Freedom We are Set Free

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“It was for freedom[i] that Christ set us free[ii]; therefore keep standing firm and do not be subject again to a yoke of slavery.” (Gal. 5:1)

In Western society, and especially in the United States, individual freedom is sacrosanct; freedom is also a Siren’s cry. Americans value individual freedom above all things, but freedom is like the proverbial carrot. the reality of which seems always just beyond our grasp. Continue reading