Jacob Abshire’s put together a Christmas study guide that’s worth checking out.
Who are you? What gives a man his identity? On what foundation are you building your sense of self? Your answer, whether true or false, defines your life.
Wrong ways of defining who we are arise naturally in our hearts, and the world around us preaches and models innumerable false identities. But Jesus maps out and walks out a counterintuitive and countercultural way to know who you are. Your true identity is a gift of God, a surprising discovery, and then a committed choice.
Ray Ortlund shares a terrific quote from Charles Spurgeon.
“Facts are our friends,” says evangelical leader Ed Stetzer, pointing out why we should not resist the facts, no matter what they might tell us. But what happens when people decide they only want “friendly facts” that fit into their preexisting worldview?
The late Daniel Patrick Moynihan used to say, “You’re entitled to your own opinions, but you’re not entitled to your own facts.” He’d have been surprised to see that, in a world of social media and multiple news sources, many Americans now feel entitled to both.
I remember thinking that getting older and getting married would fix both problems. When I got older, I’d be the top dog at a company, or a college, or an industry. I would become the guy everyone else would long to know and be known by. The room would light up just because Brandon Smith walked into it.