Excerpt from A.W. Tozer's Knowledge of the Holy 
                (Chapter 5: "The Self-Existence of God"):

         "The human mind, being created, has an understandable uneasiness about the Uncreated.  We do not find it comfortable to allow for the presence of One who is wholly outside of the circle of our familiar knowledge. We tend to be disquieted by the thought of One who does not account to us for His being, who is responsible to no one, who is self-existent, self-dependent and self-sufficient."

We received this question in the comments section of the Tough Questions series launch post:

"How can a holy God look down upon our unholiness??"

This is a good question, and it's a complex topic, but then on the other hand I wonder why it is a question at all.

There are many things that come to mind of which I am thankful for on this joyous day:

Family    Relationships    Food and Provision   Peace    Physical Health    Financial Stability

The list for each of us could go on and on....  But when people ask me what I am thankful for, the most prevalent and important thing that comes to my mind to be thankful for is God's Grace.  What he has provided me through Jesus Christ is beyond all compare, far above the measure and influence of anything else in my life. It is this grace that gives peace, satisfaction, joy, meaning, and purpose to all other areas of my life. 

Here's a little comic relief for your day:

Photo Credit
Earlier this year, Cranial Collision featured a post authored by Nick Roen titled "Worship: Are We Worshiping Music Instead of God?"  I would like to highlight this post again, continuing our topic from last week on how to keep worship authentic. 

Me, mountain biking.
Photo Credit: Garvin Handley
As an English major with a Writing and Publication emphasis and a Philosophy minor, I am constantly thinking how to construct sound, logical arguments and how to spot fallacious, unsupported ones when I see them. You could say that I am a student of logic and argumentation.

I recently read a letter-to-the-editor against mountain bike access to a natural area that was absolutely rife with logical fallacies! You can check out the original here.

As with many people, and many men especially, my singing voice is anything but eloquent and refined. Undoubtedly, I do not lavish those around me with skilled singing and expressive vocal proficiency, but I do desire to be genuinely engaged in worship through singing.  

This is where the problem comes into play.  Many times when singing songs of worship (during a Sunday morning service, CRU large group, or spontaneously in other settings), I become distracted and caught up in trying to make my singing sound good, or at least not bad, to those around me.  

I find this to be a very relevant and powerful statement.
Some people may argue that a person who knows how to read has an advantage over someone who doesn't know how to read because they still posses the ability and potential to read.  However, Mark Twain implies that simply having the ability to do something does not do a person any good if he or she does not choose to utilize it [the ability].
A psychiatrist working at Yale University, George Mahl, counted and examined ten speech disfluencies (including the infamous "uh" and "um") with the purpose of measuring a person's anxiety level.  He calculated that, on average, during every 4.4 seconds of spontaneous speech, one disfluency occurs in a person's speaking.   (Source)