Video illustration of Tim Keller sermon segment.
“The ordinary idea which we all have before we become Christians is this. We take as starting point our ordinary self with its various desires and interests. We then admit that something else–call it ‘morality’ or ‘decent behaviour’, or ‘the good of society’–has claims on this self: claims which interfere with its own
The quote from the sermon:
“But faith–unlike the other kind of knowledge–is not a constant. It is a light which blazes like a thousand suns–at some times; at others, it flickers dimly, casting shadows of changing shapes. But even when it is weak we struggle to brighten the flame–for it is the most precious of commodities. Man knows no blackness to match the darkness when that light has gone out. And no man who has ever seen it will rest happy until it is rekindled. And when it burns bright, all other lamps are feeble.” –Rabbi Chanan Brichto, as quoted by Dr. John Walton
Lord, grant me the ability to rejoice when trials come; the patience to endure under the difficulty; the grace to avoid bitterness that comes from hardship; the wisdom to see your activity in my life and believe you are there even when you seem invisible; the faith to believe that you are working out everything for my good and that you