Sunday Collectives 12/5/16 – 12/11/16
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.
We are blessed to live in an age with an amazing array of books, Bible studies, online studies and devotionals to assist us in our faith-walk. I am so grateful God has placed teachers in the body of Christ. Pastors, Bible teachers, scholars, and writers can give clarity and truth to help us in our growth as Christians.
Iron sharpens iron, and how grateful I am for those who sharpen me deeper into God and His Word…
By Pat Thacker
It’s something to think about when death comes and we know it will. The death of a family member or friend affects us differently. Just as it did Martha & Mary, Martha was like me when she heard Jesus was coming, she could not stay in that house!
She was hurt, sad and mad that Jesus had not showed up when sent for him. I can just imagine how Martha felt. Jesus where were you and if you had been here and just why did you wait this late to come. My brother is already dead and stinking, where were you??
By Sarah Taras
My eyes swept over a dimly lit bedroom and fell on the face of my sleeping husband. I studied him for a moment and then looked back down at the laundry in my hands, and continued to gently place shirts on hangers. I felt a smile gradually spread across my face and after a moment, my hands stopped.
“Wait. Why am I smiling?”
It was late and I was incredibly tired, this burst of emotion didn’t seem fitting. My mind went into “figure myself out mode” and I began working through the memory bank of my entire day.
Listen Well and Hurt Less
By Joseph Franks
Through the prophet Jeremiah, God speaks to his people, “I spoke to you in your prosperity, but you said, ‘I will not listen.’ This has been your way from your youth, that you have not obeyed my voice.” (Jeremiah 22:21) Will we seek God, listen to God, and obey his voice in our days of prosperity, or will we be fools who only listen to God when he lovingly disciplines and hurts us? God will not leave us alone.
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Follow up to “Repenting … And I Love It!”
It was a horribly sad day in their marriage. Seductively, Jack was called and enticed. Foolishly, he was led by his loins. Recklessly, Jack forsook he his marital vows. Tragically, he betrayed his precious bride. Loving himself, hating his wife, and harming his children, Jack engaged in a sordid affair, and he did so with Diane’s greatest enemy. What a horribly sad ending to a fantastic beginning!
If Jack had stuck a knife in Diane’s back, she would not have hurt less. Her heart is broken. Her soul is crushed. Her beloved has given himself to another. Jack has flagrantly forsaken her.