Sunday Collectives 9/16/13 – 9/22/13
Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death.
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me….” (Matthew 11:28-29)
Scripture Focus: Exodus 31:12-18
The phone rings. It’s not a solicitor, business call or emergency. Instead it’s the familiar voice of a friend asking if I have time for a visit. It’s an invitation to step away from the demands around me and rest in the comfort of a trusted friendship for just a little while.
Rest comes to us in sleep, relaxation, distraction, comfort. It refreshes our bodies, minds and souls, as rain brings refreshing to the desert. When we are experiencing exhaustion, an invitation to rest can be life-giving.
“To be convinced in our hearts we have forgiveness of sins & peace with God by grace alone is the hardest thing.” – Martin Luther
“Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.” – Paul, Romans 5:1
This Sunday I will be preaching again. This time it will be for my own congregation, a group of people we have grown to wonder if we could live without.
When I was thinking about what I would preach on, I asked myself what is the hardest thing for me right now. “Where is the battle raging in your life, Matt?” And the answer came slow like a mid-morning mist.
By Katherine Russell
Today, I am trying to learn how to post a document in my new computer, which will become a blog.
Nothing looks familiar here, except maybe the ‘undo’ arrow, the ‘save’ icon and the ‘font’ selection. But even now, as I continue to investigate, it becomes more and more self-explanatory. (Let me see…..where is that spell check?)
After asking that question, and a little further investigation, clicking buttons and searching options, I found the spell check on a page called ‘review.’ Now I will have to try to remember that!
As theologians, apologists, cultural analysts or what have you, we quickly identify the frailty of charges of intolerance when they occur. The outcry to abstain from any semblance of judgmentalism has turned into a collective whine. Discrediting their arguments has become routine and even kind of irritating as sometimes we are left to wonder how many times it needs to be said, your cry for tolerance rests in your intolerance.
Until you remember real lives are involved, until you recognize that there is nothing new under the sun and good ideas and bad ones will repeat themselves til the end if time. So we persist.
If you have teenage kids—and if you actually talk to them—you’ll discover that these lackluster, intellectual heresies are alive and well, not only in the classroom, but in the hallways and lunch rooms in schools everywhere….
“16 We know love by this, that He laid down His life for us; and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren. 17 But whoever has the world’s goods, and sees his brother in need and closes his heart against him, how does the love of God abide in him? 18 Little children, let us not love with word or with tongue, but in deed and truth.”
Christ is our example in all things. That is a statement that few in the Christian faith would argue with. It is easy to believe that in a nebulous, theoretical way. The challenge comes in when we actually apply that theory to life.
The passage above begins by saying that Jesus laid down His life for us. Jesus laid down His life how? He literally laid down His life in service to us and obedience to His Father even to the point death….