In re-preaching John Wesley’s sermon, one is able to see that becoming justified to God is the foundation of our hope. Truly no person can be at peace or have joy if they are not reconciled to God.
Pentecost is Christ’s way of calling us out. It’s Christ’s way of putting us on notice. Leave your shut and locked doors, in which you hide in times of fear and uncertainty, and let the power of the Spirit lead you.
Love the Sinner, Hate the Sin is, in short, not only absent from the Biblical word, it’s antithetical to faithful living according to the teachings of Scripture, and it should be expunged from our vocabulary.
What’s your picture of God? Your relationship with God is always mediated by your mental picture of God. So your love and passion for God will never outrun the beauty of your picture of God. The beauty of your transformation will never outrun the beauty of your picture with God.
This is Transfiguration Sunday, and it calls us to do nothing more and nothing less than lay at the ground before the Almighty, to listen to the voice of the Messiah, and to receive the great empowerment that comes from the touch of the Creator.
When Paul writes, “nothing in all of creation can separate us from the love of God,” it means that in our strange human activity and creativity, we can’t even separate ourselves from the love of God.
Whether you have found yourself in a role similar to the religious elite, addicted to lure of power and ‘rightness,’ or you have found yourself in the shoes of the condemned, addicted to sinful joys, like that of physical desire, Jesus says you are given new life and a new hope in the love of God.
Jesus, when telling the parable of the Bridesmaids, doesn’t seem to draw attention to the fact that some had less oil and some had more. He says we need to be prepared to see the dangers that may lie around us.
George Bailey was struggling with failed plans and great pain, and he found himself on the brink of giving in to the darkness. Nevertheless, God showed him the hope of new life.
The worries of this world will never subside if we continue to allow the culture of the world to dominate our worldview. So let us seek to live simply free with a focus on God’s will – free of the worry of that which is to come.