Does God Have Feelings for You?: God Without Passions

GwP-PrimerGod without Passions: A Primer by Samuel Renihan

“God does not have the same wisdom, love, and mercy that we have. God has such things according to what he is; in other words, not as qualities which can be removed or added, increased or decreased, but essentially, eternally, and perfectly.”


It’s unfortunate and sad to me that many Christians these days seem to minimize the importance of doctrine, stressing instead the importance of relationship and experience. But who seeks out and develops relationships with people without taking the time to get to know them? What kind of relationship would I have with my husband and children if I didn’t take the time to get to know them and to understand their strengths and weaknesses, and didn’t care to learn what was important to them, what they enjoyed, or how they felt about things? God has graciously condescended to man in revealing himself to us through both his Word and his Son, Jesus Christ, so that we may know “what man is to believe about God and what duty God requires of man” (Westminster Shorter Catechism, Question #3). As a believer, it’s my duty and should be my joy to learn all I can about God. Continue reading “Does God Have Feelings for You?: God Without Passions”

Learning to Love God’s Way: Equipped to Love

equippedtolovenewEquipped to Love: Building Idolatry-Free Relationships by Norm Wakefield

“Every relationship is an opportunity to love, and every situation is an opportunity to trust.”


In honor of it being Valentine’s Day week, I thought I would repost my review of this excellent book. No matter how much we love someone, it’s hard to always love them the way we ought to. And we can never love others perfectly as God loves.

John Calvin is quoted as stating, “Our hearts are idol factories.” An idol is something or someone to which we look to supply what only God can supply. From the day we are born, we naturally seek to have our needs and our desires met, when and how we want them to be. Before knowing God, we only know to look to our parents and our surroundings to make us feel satisfied, happy, and secure. Without realizing it, we have begun the process of manufacturing idols in our life, controlling and manipulating others around us in order to get what we want. Of course no one but God can completely and perfectly meet our every need, so inevitably we become frustrated, dissatisfied, disappointed, or resentful. Eventually we turn to new idols, but mostly we make an idol out of Self – depending on our own wisdom, strength, etc. to get what we want for ourselves.

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