Sunday Collectives 1/2/16 – 1/8/16
“All of us are just moments away from the train named Eternity running us over as we lie tied to the railroad tracks of condemnation by ropes of our making. (We are condemned to spend eternity away from God because we fall short of God’s character of perfection.) These ropes are made by the choices that we make that are contrary to the choices God wants us to make.
by Sarah Taras
Shoulders slumped over, wild brown hair hung over her glasses, like a barrier trying to conceal the tears welling up in her eyes.
“I’m so sorry, mom.”
The words came out soft and cracked. My heart was overwhelmed with a sense of sadness for her. I hate being exposed, I knew all too well how she was feeling.
There is so much confusion in our Christian life, what it means to live it, what does it look like. If one studies it one will hear terms like Justification, Sanctification, Union With Christ, Eternal Security, God’s Will, Love, Grace, Law, Mercy and other terms. While in a blog of our size it is impossible, nor is it our intent to go free diving to depths unknown in these areas, it is our intent to introduce terms, statements, reflections and thoughts on what we see as theological truth.
Martin Luther said the following and we would echo it;
By Jessica Dixon
2 Samuel 22:31 “As for God, his way is perfect; the word of the LORD is tried: he is a buckler to all them that trust in him.”
Well…it’s officially a new year, which in other words means a new beginning. We have set new goals in place. Chances are we will not make these goals…just like every year.
In a new year, things come to an end, whether it is in material things or relationships.
By Pat Thacker
and if my people who are called by my name become humble and pray, and look for me, and turn away from their evil ways, then I will hear them from heaven. I will forgive their sin and heal their land.
Let people live, God gave them the right to do what they want with who they want, it’s called free will. God is watching so you can rest. We, (Christians) are supposed to show each other love, mercy and compassion.
SAINTS OR AINTS
In some churches in the southern United States, one might hear older congregants talk of the saints and the aints. In using this language, they are drawing a distinction between those who outwardly walk in holiness and those who seem to have little regard for the Lord’s standards.
In their eyes, saints are those who have daily devotions, attend church 3-5 times each week, keep their hair cut or uncut in a certain way, do not attend Rated-R movies, and “do not drink, smoke, dance or chew, and will not date the girls who do.”