Sunday Collectives 9/18/17 – 9/24/17
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;
You say that you’re a pile of dung
That in the meadows lay
I say that you’re a cherished soul
For whom I died to save.
My leadership at my church feels fruitless and my last few sermons stank; in the first 34 weeks of this year, I published only 25 “weekly” articles; and all my service to a partner charity feels last minute, like I’m doing everything in the nick of time.
Recently, I spend less time with my wife than I want; my brother (who lives in Australia) is visiting for two months and I’ve only met with him once;
If you were to ask me what kind of Christian I am (as in what denomination do I belong) I would most likely tilt my head, throw up my hands, and shrug. I might say something like, “I don’t really know. I guess I’m a bit of a mixed bag.”
I don’t like being a mixed bag. I really don’t.
I am a member of a community church with a Reformed Baptist pastor.
Life is tough enough when you believe that no one around cares or is there to go through it with you, it seems to become impossible to bear. What was once just difficult to face, takes that difficulty to a whole new level.
Yet, are we really ever alone? Have we ever known what it is truly to be abandoned or is this an emotional statement rather than a reflection of reality.
By Lynne Raatz
“And so the Jewish leaders said to the man who had been healed, “It is the Sabbath; the law forbids you to carry your mat.”
ELBERT HUBBARD ONCE WISELY SAID, “TO AVOID CRITICISM SAY NOTHING, DO NOTHING, BE NOTHING.”
The truth is, no matter what we do, we will likely be criticized in some way. As such, when you boldly follow God in faith, expect to be criticized.