Sunday Collectives 9/11/17 – 9/17/17
By Chad West
Like God, shame is omnipresent, especially in our culture. Thanks to social media, our voice is everywhere, and even the slightest unintentional misstep is torn into by the ravenous wolves; the gatekeepers of the politically correct. But the ubiquity of baseless shame does not exclude a place for earned guilt. It doesn’t mean there aren’t times we should all crouch in fear at the knowledge that we deserve the sharp yellow tooth of the wolves in the cradle of our necks.
By Jen Wilkens
Back-to-school time is always a tough transition, not just for kids but for moms. And I’m no exception. I’ve certainly been happy-sad sending them off, though, if I’m honest, the sad is currently winning the tug-of-war by a mile.
For the third time in three years, I left a piece of my heart in a dorm room at a giant university hours from home. There’s only one chickie left in the nest that used to hold four, and his traitorously giant feet are dangling over the side of it. In a short time our nest will be empty entirely.
By Wendy Alsup
Philippians 3:8-10 I count all things to be loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but refuse, that I may gain Christ, and be found in him, not having a righteousness of mine own, even that which is of the law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which is from God by faith: that I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, becoming conformed unto his death;
I have been suffering, and as I have suffered, my eyes have been opened to others who are suffering. I always knew of others who were suffering…
By Shasta Monet
Since I can remember, fear has always been something I have had to battle in my life
From things as simple as the what ifs of every day moments, to big circumstances like death.
Now in my 30s and a mother, I can see how fear could really destroy my life.
This year the Lord spoke BRAVE. Wow was I not prepared for what that would mean fully. Literally as I felt that I was instantly hit with fear. “Now what is going to happen..” is what went through my head…
But now at the end of June, I can see more of His plan.
What if the God you love is not the God of the Bible?
What if all the people you’ve taken advice from aren’t even reliable?
What if God is not glorified if you love him for characteristics he does not possess?
What if this God leaves you unsatisfied; would he still appear to be righteous?
What if His way is different than your reasoning; would considering it hurt your pride?
What if Satan temps Christians with theology that is pleasing rather than scripture being the place where our trust resides?