All of who we are, even the broken down palaces of last week’s plans are destined to participate in the redemptive glory of Jesus Christ.
A church that shares burdens is a church that learns to die together so that we might rise to new life in Jesus Christ.
...as the messy places become healed places, we receive his peace and consolation, and we become ground zero of Christ reconciling work in the world.
...the salvation we all seek is the fully human experience for which were made of resting in God’s caring arms.
We were once strangers, and now we are friends... If there is anything to be thankful for, and I do hope you have a long list, this, above all, needs to top it.
Our burdens and broken hearts aren’t an indication of a lack of faith, or the like, but the very opposite. They are signposts directing us home.
Jesus Christ alone must be the bedrock of our lives, our truth, and our hopes.
What is it that you expect from life? What is it that we expect from the sum of our days? What is it that we expect life to give us?
In the end, we are to love our enemies in the hope that Christ will be visible in our love and that our estranged neighbor might become our friend, even family, within the body of Christ, the church.
Worship necessarily spilled over into mission, and mission was seen as an extension of worship.