Sunday Collectives 9/4/17 – 9/10/17
The other day we watched a television show where a young man diligently worked for the main character. However, although this man worked hard, he wasn’t really an employee, he wasn’t even on the payroll. He only pretended to be an employee.
I wonder how many people are only pretending to be Christians? Perhaps they attend church, read the Bible, quote a verse here and there, say Christian phrases, maybe even wear the outward facade of Christianity.
GRACE IS KARMA’S WORST NIGHTMARE
By Chad Bird
Grace is uncivilized and rebellious. We make rules for it and it breaks them. Grace is a constant embarrassment to the prim and proper religiosity of the squeaky clean. It is what Brennan Manning called “the furious longing of God.”
Grace doesn’t tiptoe around puddles in its shiny new shoes but slogs ankle deep through the stinking muck of the pigpen to raise up the poor souls who’ve tripped over temptation and face-planted themselves in the rotting mud.
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.
by Sarah Taras
Hold on darling, this body is yours
This body is yours and mine
Well hold on my darling
This mess was yours,
Now your mess is mine.
Bring me to your house,
Tell me you’re sorry for the mess,
Hey, I don’t mind…. your mess is mine.
-Vance Joy, Mess is mine
By Dave McCarty
is feeling alone, though I’m typically unaware of it. Living as though Jesus is not totally sovereign over my life, so I NEED TO BE, so I’m NOT curious and expectant to see what He does NEXT, in me, others, circumstances, but feel like the challenges I face are UP TO DAVE, that I’m MY problem, not Jesus’ problem.
My other big besetting sin that contributes to my feeling alone, is my confidence-I-know-what’s-best. I never feel alone when I’m clueless-I-know-what’s-best, because then I’m looking to Jesus, who does know best.