Sunday Collectives 4/3/17 – 4/9/17
It’s in the past, God’s forgiven it, so (it, and so or it and so) I can move on without talking or dealing with anyone else, right?
The answer to that question depends. If what we have done wrong is a personal issue, then it is between God and us. Once we have confessed and accepted God’s forgiveness then it is in-deed in the past.
Now, habitual sin is another issue. Habitual sins are ones we keep doing and will continue to do, unless we get help. We should seek counsel for and wisdom in how to overcome and deal with them.
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 Pat Thacker
Sharing another post I wrote years ago, I hope it’s a blessing to you.
Matthew 8:18 When Jesus saw the crowd around him, he instructed his disciples to cross to the other side of the lake.
Jesus told his disciples we’re going to the other side of the lake, then Jesus went to take a knew the storm was ahead and yet he went to sleep!
As Jesus’ ministry began, He stood in the temple and read from Isaiah, “The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, because He anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor. He has sent Me to proclaim release to the captives, and recovery of sight to the blind, to set free those who are oppressed, to proclaim the favorable year of the Lord” (Luke 4:18-19).
When I read these verses, there is a jump in my spirit, because the words that Jesus shared are a call for us as Christ followers. When we become Christians, Jesus comes and lives in our hearts.
All men and women are interested in making a name for themselves. All are passionate about their own self-promotion. However, when one encounters Jesus Christ and his Gospel, the desire for self-praise diminishes and the desire for Savior-praise increases. When our eyes are opened and we see the magnificence of our Glorious Lover, our natural tendency to promote self decreases, and we find ourselves more like John the Baptist who uttered the famous statement, “He must increase, I must decrease.”
By Lee Moseley
“Eve is a testimony of God’s grace. She chose treason, was judged and cursed. God in the process, choose grace; like with us, no matter the case. Today is a brief moment, as a grain of sand in eternity’s hourglass. May we look forward to that day when all will be over, and we will be with Him in those sands of eternal time.”
“We live seeing much, but all point to death or deliverance. Life on earth will soon pass. May we be reminded of what lies ahead and point others in that same direction. There is no life God created that is not unique, filled with experiences.