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The Feet That Bring Good News

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Prophecy: In Nahum 1:15, we read, “Look, there on the mountains, the feet of one who brings good news, who proclaims peace.” Similarly, Isaiah 40:9 talks about going up onto a high mountain in order to shout, “Here is your God!” and Isaiah 52:7 reads, “How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good news, who proclaim peace, who bring good tidings, who proclaim salvation, who say to Zion, ‘Your God reigns!’”

Gospel: This is talking about the Gospel, which is good news, or more specifically, good NEWS. The Gospel is not advice about how to live a good life or find God, but the NEWS that God is here! He has brought salvation, which needs to be proclaimed, the way one would tell the world about a cure for cancer or the end of war. Indeed, the Gospel is the cure for our sickness and the end of our war with God. With the coming of Jesus, God made flesh, peace is proclaimed, because the law and all its penalties have been fulfilled, and there is now no condemnation for us.

Response: When Paul quotes Nahum 1:15 in Romans, he begins, “How, then can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they preach unless they are sent?” If we have received the Good News of the Gospel, our response, unless we deliberately suppress it, will be to take the news of God’s reconciling love to others. Everyone has seen those famous photographs of the day when World War II ended … jubilation in the streets, people hanging out of windows, shouting to their neighbors. Should our joy at being freed from the condemnation of sin be any less? We are no longer estranged or at war with our Creator. We are no longer under sentence of death, because Jesus has died our death for us. Hallelujah indeed!

Prayer: Our God in heaven, thank you that you did not remain there. You could have justly condemned us for our guilt, our devotion to idols, our constant self-seeking, self-absorbed, self-aggrandizing lives. But you did not. You came. Help us to be the “beautiful feet” who take the gospel to a world that desperately needs to hear that their long warfare has ceased and peace has come. Amen.

– Tim and Kathy Keller

*Excerpt from 843 acres, The Devotional Blog of The Park Forum, “Advent: The Feet that Bring Good News”

God Came to Earth

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The heart of the unique message of the Bible is that the transcendent immortal God came to earth himself and became weak, vulnerable to suffering and death. He did this all for us — all to atone for our sin, to take the punishment we deserved. If it is true, it is the most astonishing and radical act of self-giving and loving sacrifice that can be imagined.

– Tim Keller

The Radical Humility of Jesus

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Innumerable Christmas devotionals point out the humble circumstances of Jesus’ birth — among shepherds, in a crude stable, with a feed trough for a bassinet. When Jesus himself tried to summarize why people should take up the yoke of following him, he said it was because he was meek and humble (Matt. 11:29). Seldom, however, do we explore the full implications of how Jesus’ radical humility shapes the way we live our lives every day.

Humility is crucial for Christians. We can only receive Christ through meekness and humility (Matt. 5:3, 5; 18:3-4). Jesus humbled himself and was exalted by God (Phil. 2:8-9); therefore joy and power through humility is the very dynamic of the Christian life (Luke 14:11; 18:14; 1 Pet. 5:5).

The teaching seems simple and obvious. The problem is that it takes great humility to understand humility, and even more to resist the pride that comes so naturally with even a discussion of the subject.

We are on slippery ground because humility cannot be attained directly. Once we become aware of the poison of pride, we begin to notice it all around us. We hear it in the sarcastic, snarky voices in newspaper columns and weblogs. We see it in civic, cultural, and business leaders who never admit weakness or failure. We see it in our neighbors and some friends with their jealousy, self-pity, and boasting.

And so we vow not to talk or act like that. If we then notice ‘a humble turn of mind’ in ourselves, we immediately become smug—but that is pride in our humility. If we catch ourselves doing that we will be particularly impressed with how nuanced and subtle we have become. Humility is so shy. If you begin talking about it, it leaves. To even ask the question, ‘Am I humble?’ is to not be so. Examining your own heart, even for pride, often leads to being proud about your diligence and circumspection.

Christian humility is not thinking less of yourself; it is thinking of yourself less, as C. S. Lewis so memorably said. It is to be no longer always noticing yourself and how you are doing and how you are being treated. It is ‘blessed self-forgetfulness.’

Humility is a byproduct of belief in the gospel of Christ. In the gospel, we have a confidence not based in our performance but in the love of God in Christ (Rom. 3:22-24). This frees us from having to always be looking at ourselves. Our sin was so great, nothing less than the death of Jesus could save us. He had to die for us. But his love for us was so great, Jesus was glad to die for us.

– Tim Keller

*Excerpt from Christianity Today article, “The Advent of Humility”, December 2008

True Having

Nothing that you have not given away will really be yours.

– Tim Keller

New City Catechism

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New City Catechism launched today!

This is such a great teaching and learning tool for adults and children.

“It contains 52 questions, each with a written commentary, prayer, and video explaining the question and answer.”

Go to newcitycatechism.com and download the free iPad app
or use the online catechism tool.

Read more about the how and why of New City Catechism here.

Every Good Endeavor

New York Times bestselling author Timothy Keller shows how God calls each of us to express meaning and purpose through our work and careers.

In a work world that is increasingly competitive and insecure, people often have nagging questions: Why am I doing this work? Why is it so hard? And is there anything I can do about it?

Tim Keller, pastor of New York’s Redeemer Presbyterian Church and New York Times bestselling author of The Reason for God, has taught and counseled students, young professionals, and senior leaders on the subject of work and calling for more than twenty years. Now he puts his insights into a book for readers everywhere, giving biblical perspectives on such pressing questions as:

• What is the purpose of work?
• How can I find meaning and serve customers in a cutthroat, bottom-line-oriented workplace?
• How can I use my skills in a vocation that has meaning and purpose?
• Can I stay true to my values and still advance in my field?
• How do I make the difficult choices that must be made in the course of a successful career?

With deep insight and often surprising advice, Keller shows readers that biblical wisdom is immensely relevant to our questions about our work. In fact, the Christian view of work—that we work to serve others, not ourselves—can provide the foundation of a thriving professional and balanced personal life. Keller shows how excellence, integrity, discipline, creativity, and passion in the workplace can help others and even be considered acts of worship—not just of self-interest.

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