Chris Robins: Ecclesiastes 7:13, "Consider the work of God. Can anyone make straight what He has made crooked?" The switchbacks can feel endless as you wind up the trails in Yosemite. The path twists you into a vision of the falls, cascading light tumbling through rainbows, and then you're just looking at your feet again. "I'm … Continue reading Straighten What’s Crooked in Me
Chris Robins: Exodus 20:3, "You shall have no other Gods before Me." I remember as a teenager reading this. The preposition banged around in my head. Was it "before Me" in a list kind of sense? Was it "before Me" as in front of me? My instamatic idol factory of a brain was kicking out … Continue reading No Other gods in My Face!
For the next few days I'll be posting some articles from my seminary pastor and friend Chris Robins. Always insightful, refreshing, and well written his articles will do your soul much good. Chris Robins: Psalm 12:5-6, "Because of the oppression of the weak and the groaning of the needy, I will now arise," says the LORD. … Continue reading Silver Refined in a Furnace Seven Times
Ezekiel 1:28, "Like the appearance of a rainbow in the clouds on a rainy day, so was the radiance around Him. This was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the Lord. When I saw it, I fell facedown, and I heard the voice of one speaking." Chris Robins: They're always falling down. It's always … Continue reading Falling Into Grace
Isaiah 26:8, "In the path of Your judgments, O LORD, we wait for You; Your name and renown are the desire of our soul." Chris Robins: Really? I mean, that sounds like sitting on the tracks of a bullet train. You wouldn't even know what hit you. But then I realize my heart is exposed … Continue reading The Posture of Prayer: Waiting
Chris Robins, one of my mentors (who is planting a church in San Francisco), giving us an insight into his own heart and how God's heart calms it: Isaiah 62:6–7, "I have posted watchmen on your walls, Jerusalem; they will never be silent day or night. You who call on the LORD, give yourselves no … Continue reading A Worrying God
Chris Robins: Jeremiah 1:11, "And the word of the LORD came to me, saying "Jeremiah, what do you see?" And I said "I see an almond branch." Then the LORD said to me, "You have seen well, for I am watching over my word to perform it." I watch boiling pots. I'm not proud of it, … Continue reading God Watches Over His Word
Pastor Chris Robins may likely be someone you have never heard of. I do not have a bio for him, only my experience of him so this post will be a bit different than the others. He was my pastor during seminary, and I was one of his interns during that time. He probably had … Continue reading Chris Robins: That God’s Glory Would be Our Glory
Chris Robins: "But with you there is forgiveness, that you may be feared." (Psalm 103:4) Isn't that backwards? I know that this brief line of Biblical poetry puzzled me when I first heard it. Today it would be written differently. Something like "with You there is so much love and forgiveness, therefore: I will praise … Continue reading Forgiveness Leads to Fear
Chris Robins: Isaiah 65:24 Before they call I will answer, while they are yet speaking I will hear. Can you even imagine that? You're mid-sentence with God, about to explain what you need, and He just says "Sure, I'll do that." It's like my crazy family at Christmas. Every person talking over each other. I've … Continue reading May God Interrupt Your Prayer
Chris Robins: Genesis 3:22-24 Then the LORD God said, “Behold, the man has become like one of us in knowing good and evil. Now, lest he reach out his hand and take also of the tree of life and eat, and live forever—” therefore the LORD God sent him out from the garden of Eden … Continue reading Fantastical Non-Fiction
Chris Robins, church planter in San Francisco and one of my mentors has written a wonderful piece on Psalm 80, enjoy. Give ear, O Shepherd of Israel! You who lead Joseph like a flock. You who are enthroned upon the cherubim, shine! (Psalm 80:1) I remember a Korean friend describing how his language had a … Continue reading Give ear! Shine! Stir up! Come! Restore! See Our Christ!
These are two illustrations of Total Depravity that stick with me daily, both are great. 1) Benjamin Joffe’s “Lion in a Cage” If a lion is in a cage, and you put before him a bowl of meat, and a bowl of wheat, which one will the lion choose to eat? ”The lion will always … Continue reading Total Depravity: Two Fantastic Illustrations