Sunday Collectives 11/27/17 – 12/3/17
By David Desforge
As many great souls have pointed out, we don’t really belong here. We were made for and are heading toward our true home. In the meantime, we are incurably homesick.
“Mommy, if there really was a naughty and nice list we would all be on the naughty list.”
This statement from my seven year old had much greater theological depth than she knew. Her observation didn’t come from a manipulative self-pity over being naughty. It came from a clear view of what she knows about the gospel: “None is righteous, no not one” (Romans 3:10).
As the traditions of the holidays swirl around my children, my hope is that they will learn to distinguish the law from the gospel.
by Dave McCarty
people in my life? Or do I wish they’d go away, or wish DAVE could go away? Or. That Jesus would change them? Hmm. Maybe DAVE is the one needing change? Maybe the reason they are in my life is primarily for MY benefit? Hmm. Suffering produces perseverance, then character, then hope/faith/dependency. Hmm. If not this suffering, what else would it take, for me to be grown more Jesus-dependent? I can only thank Jesus for exactly how they are, and exactly how He’s placed them in my life, when the Spirit has freshly convicted me of my confidence-I-know-what’s-best, and of my unbelief in His total sovereignty over my life and theirs.
They say that every time someone dies, someone is born, whether that is true or not can be disputed, but what cannot be disputed is that with the arrival of the one whose birthday is celebrated at this time of year, the death of certain things were brought, as well. It is within understanding what the birth of the baby Jesus brought an end to that we find the real reason for joy in the season.
Yet, because we never fully grasp that the coming of Jesus brought the end of certain things we really live without the joy that comes with the season most of the year.
I’ve been struggling with feelings of inadequacy in a few areas. Then I realized ALL the many promises God has given those who put their faith and trust in His Son, Jesus Christ. I’ve listed just a fraction of ALL the beautiful promises God has given in His word.
As I made this list I could feel my inadequate feelings fade away and my confidence grow. God is a loving Father and His promises are to us, for us for all the days of our lives.
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