Sunday Collectives 6/26/17 – 7/2/17
Enjoy this excerpt from Walking in God’s Grace…
This question may or may not seem to be from an attitude that brings another question, which is “As I grow in my walk of grace and I become more obedient to God or holy (More like God), will God give me more grace?”
I made myself a pair of cut-offs before heading to the beach last week, only this time I cut them to hit a whole four inches above my knee. Gasp! Scandalous, I know! But for me this is yet another step in my freedom from the life that I was once bound to; a life of rule keeping, list embracing, and a shame-based moral code with no room for error.
I try not to tear up. Believe me, I have no desire to be known as a sappy sentimentalist. However, truth be known, I cry quite often, and as I am getting older it seems my eyes leak more than ever. I tear up when I watch certain movies. At times, my eyes get moist when my my church looks dysfunctional. When my family enjoys either great prosperity or intense pain, I weep. The same is true when someone comes to know and proclaim Jesus Christ to be their Savior. Yes, tears flow at funerals; they also flow at weddings. And quite often, in the midst of congregational singing on the Lord’s Day, I am forced to wipe away moisture from the corners of my eyes.
Theology is broken into two greek words, theos (God) and logos (Word). So then basically theology is the study of a “word about God” or God’s Word or God. You cannot separate the two. Many today will decry the study of doctrine or forming a belief system or knowledge about what and why one believes what they believe about God’s Word.
Claiming all you need are the red letters, or love, or the Bible is forgetting some important truths. Those same red letters, that same Bible says that because of love we should “be aware of false teachers.
I’ll be honest, I’ve been struggling. As my eyesight continues to worsen, my flesh is weak while my faith tries to stand strong. God tells us not to fear, and I try to be brave, I so try to be brave, but at times I am afraid. I know God will help, I know He will equip me to handle whatever comes. Perhaps my eyesight will be cured, perhaps not.
By Norman Pedersen
The other day I was looking through various feeds online and encountered a video that got me thinking. At the time I wasn’t particularly interested in it so didn’t note who the speaker was or what the overall talk was about. But I watched the first bit of the clip.
The speaker was taking questions and a man called, bringing up Matt 5:27-28.