Sunday Collectives 11/13/17 – 11/19/17
Before I was born, the Son saw my sinfulness. He knew the number and nature of all my sins — even the ones I have yet to commit.
Before I was born, the Son knew my hopeless condition. He knew I would never stop transgressing his will with my wicked heart, head, mouth, and hands.
Before I was born, the Son declared the just condemnation I deserved. As a rank rebel, hell was my earned inheritance.
We sat in the sun and its heat beat down in the same way my heart beat up. I felt sunny, as if my heart were strolling along and whistling back at the optimistic blue sky. But my friend was a different kind of blue, and she told me why, and her tears sprang easily. I could see so clearly how God was using her and moving in her and gifting her and loving her, but her heart was clouded by that constant and persistent enemy: discouragement.
The questions I asked my friend and the words I spoke over her in response to her discouragement came in quite handy, for within the day the clouds rolled in on my own sun.
By Elsie Ruiz
There is indeed one thing the gospel and God’s word does it blows up the logic of man. It destroys what man thinks is the right way to life and introduces a new way to live.
A way that comes through the gospel of grace and not the world’s logic. Yet often in order to move to truth, what was thought truth must indeed be blown up…
By Dave McCarty
a believer has no fear of failure, of losing everything, of being pitied by all for being a loser/nobody who strove for excellence, but failed. When Jesus is ENOUGH, a believer lives and loves with reckless abandon. Uninhibited. FREE. Bold. Fearless. Humble. Optimal performance.
When Jesus is NOT enough, a believer is self-absorbed, internally selfish, failure-avoidant, suffering-avoidant, stressed, intense, hurried, feels under the gun, unlimited obligation, miserable but living in denial of the misery. And performance suffers.
Must People Repent Before I Forgive?
There’s a good deal of confusion out there and some pretty prominent church leaders disagree. Writer and preacher, Tim Challies, is one. After admitting he shouldn’t be dogmatic, he proceeds to argue that forgiveness is conditional for God and for us. We shouldn’t forgive, he insists, until an offender has repented. Other fruits or “proofs” of repentance are also usually in view: such as contrition, confession, promises, restitution and accountability. https://www.challies.com/articles/is-forgiveness-conditional-or-unconditional/
This topic matters not only for emotional reasons. After all, truly forgiving is a painful and costly act. And it’s unnatural.