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8.01.2005    |    Matthew 7:7
This is one of those bits of the Gospel that one may hear in the public square; a familiar quotation, often divorced from He who said it. Jesus tells us,
7"Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. 8For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened.
Well, that seems straightforward, doesn't it? Just ask. How could it be any simpler? And here's where the Christian gets that sceptical look from nonbelievers, sometimes followed by, "Hey, you hypocrite, you're living in a two-room flat on the wrong side of the tracks; surely you've asked God for a better home?"

For those of us regenerated in Christ (and, you may or may not know you've been regenerated...would that we could get a receipt from the Holy Spirit...), we know to ask only for that which we need. And, if we are very lucky, that is, having been chosen to receive His grace, we will actually receive from God that which is sufficient for our needs.

It's not about riches, or fame, or glory for us. It's about doing His will, and being rewarded accordingly. Not what we may think we want; certainly not what the world might think we want. Rather, what God knows that we actually need.

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Welcome. My name is John Luke Rich, (very) struggling Christian. The focus here is Christianity in its many varieties, its fussing and feuding, how it impacts our lives and our society, with detours to consider it with other faiths (or lack thereof).

Call this blog my way of evangelizing on the internet.

Putting it differently, we're only here on this earth a short time. It's the rest of eternity that we should be most concerned about. Call it the care and feeding of our souls.

I was born Jewish, and born again in Christ Jesus over thirty years ago. First as a Roman Catholic; now a Calvinist by persuasion and a Baptist by denomination. But I'm hardly a poster boy for doctrinal rigidity.

I believe that Scripture is the rock on which all Christian churches must stand -- or sink if they are not so grounded. I believe that we are saved by faith, but hardly in a vacuum. That faith is a gift from God, through no agency on our part -- although we sometimes turn a deaf ear and choose to ignore God's knocking on the door.

To be Christian is to evangelize. Those who think it not their part to evangelize perhaps haven't truly understood what our Lord told us in Matthew 28. We must preach the Gospel as best we are able. Using words if necessary.

Though my faith waxes and wanes, it never seems to go away. Sometimes I wish it would, to give me some peace of mind. But then, Jesus never said that walking with Him was going to be easy...

Final note: I also blog as Jack Rich on cultural, political and other things over at Wrong Side of the Tracks

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