SAYING YES TO JESUS

I love this confession, a confession of a whole church.

We’re a family made up of people who share two things in common: our hearts long—even ache—for something bigger, deeper, richer than words can express; and we’re finding that longing answered as we learn to say “yes” to Jesus.

See a whole church worshiping unified.

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Faith is Portrayed in Extremist Versions

Grantchester star James Norton criticizes trend for faith being portrayed as ‘exorcisms and cults’ (see article linked below)

Norton is right.   The only thing that makes headlines is critical stories of Christians as extremist or acting contrary to the “stereotype” of the faith.   I say stereotype because outsiders don’t truly understand Christian faith.   I can say that about many Christians as well.  Many are “Christian” in name or association only and not truly Christ followers.

Christ followers who know Jesus also know that the sin that they repented of is representative of the sin nature that resides inside and remains part of the battle fought by each striving Christ follower between goodness and evil.  That is nothing new, Jesus aptly depicted this battle: I came to give you (followers) abundant life, he (the evil one) came only to kill, to steal and to destroy (he destroys love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness, self control and anything righteous he can get his hands on).

We ARE broken people!   We ARE broken!  Wake up!  We have sinned and are so tiny when compared to the Glory of God.  We admit our sinfulness and lowliness.

Sidney Chambers is a realistic human being and also as a Christian or Christ follower.  He is real, authentic.  He has his weaknesses and they show vividly in the Grantchester series on PBS.

I’m not leaving out Judaism nor Islam.  Will cover them at a different time.

Watch Grantchester on PBS or Amazon Prime.

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Heaven and Hell

The attempt (to marry Heaven and Hell in this life) is based on the belief that reality never presents us with an absolutely unavoidable ‘either-or’: that, granted skill and patience and (above all) time enough, some way of embracing both alternatives can always be found; that mere development or adjustment or refinement will somehow turn evil into good without our being called on for a final and total rejection of anything we should like to retain. This belief I take to be a disastrous error.  You cannot take all luggage with you on all journeys…

The Great Divorce Preface, by C. S. Lewis

Americanized Christianity

I am taking my queues from the Reflector, a Mississippi State University campus paper. Image result for bible and american flag The article’s author seems to think that Christians in American have Americanized Christianity.

My insight is that most every culture adapts the writings of the the Holy Bible to their culture.   In some ways God through His Word encourages that.   In fact, His Word was written over a period of hundreds of years and comes through people from  several cultures and from several nations. Continue reading