Sunday Collectives 4/25/16 – 5/1/16
Since we are discussing grace it should be considered with this question. So perhaps the question would become “What role does the law play as compared to the role grace plays in my life, now that I am a Christian?”
Before we get much further let’s place some basic understandings on what the law is and what grace is. So that when we speak of either we have a basic understanding of what we are referring to. God’s law are those things in scripture that show us His character, tell us how we were designed to live and what being Christlike (how Christ lived) looks like…
Over the last year, I have come to realize that I have had a shallow understanding of Christian friendship and community. I’ve watched people come and go out of my life, but I’ve also watched myself come and go out of others lives. I am coming to a strong conviction that God has called me as His child to bear long in friendship. To endure, pursue, and forbear long term with friends through the hard as well as the good. And especially to forbear when the hard things aren’t just what has been done TO them but also what they have done to others or themselves by their own sin. Abandoning someone as they work through their sin seems more and more like the most un-Christlike thing I could do. To me, it seems like abandoning our confidence in the gospel.
By Pat Thacker
Hello, Hello, Hello all is well today you’re happy dancing around praising God while doing your daily chores!
Everyone is doing fine the bills are all paid! It’s a wonderful day just moving around busily doing dishes, mopping even a little ironing! Life is good, then in a few seconds thing’s change!? The phone rings and you need to go in right away for further test a lump has been found or this is what you hear we’re sorry but there’s been an accident and your child is being air lifted and he/she is in critical condition or while doing the laundry you find a note with kisses all over it and the lipstick is not yours, it reads I love you more and I’m leaving her to marry you!
“It was for freedom that Christ set us free; therefore keep standing firm and do not be subject again to a yoke of slavery.”
I am not always as patient as I’d like to be. For that reason alone it may surprise some of you to know that I really enjoy fishing. Perhaps I should be more specific; I especially enjoy fishing when the fish are biting and I’m catching them! Since patience is not always my strong suit, how I fished (especially when I was young) was impacted. When I would go fishing with my dad as a child, he would cast his line out towards the middle of the river to catch the big fish; I, however, was content to fish along the banks to try to catch bream…
Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
We can sometimes be too hard on ourselves and at times speak too negative about ourselves or rather a situation.
So what if things didn’t go as we planned? God has better plans. It isn’t our plans that matter but rather His plans.
So what if we failed? At least we tried and we shouldn’t give up. We have got to keep going and we must know God will give us the strength to try again…
I’m an expert on self-righteousness…and you are too. It’s perhaps the most dangerous of all human sins. And we’re guilty of it.
Five characteristics of self-righteousness:
It’s subtle. We don’t know it when we’ve got it.
It’s incremental. It never starts out as self-righteousness but as something positive and good.
It’s addictive. We love it when we’re right and want more.
It’s indiscriminate. Once we see it, it’s everywhere and not just in religious folks…