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.
The words of Christ do not allow us to write off reconciliation for long simply because the ideal isn’t possible. We have to own our messes, and seek to engage in the forgiving grace of God’s love.
How does one extend signs of the forgiveness of the Creator, how does one engage in the act of reconciliation, when the pain of such brokenness is so real and not so easily forgotten?
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.
As we begin this series, know that the forgiveness God provides is not something that invites us to judge the lack of forgiveness exhibited by others, but something that frees us for more faithful living.
The service centers around the Covenant Prayer, which invites you to offer you commitment to God. We are using this service today, the first day of the New Year, as an invitation to set the foundation for your 2017 through a covenant to live this year in the love of God.
What makes Charlie Brown Christmas good enough that we would be willing to use it as the foundation for the message about the gift of Christ on Christmas Eve? It connects with our brokenness, our wandering, and our hope for the light of Christ.
Merry Christmas! Join in worship on Christmas Day with family, friends, and neighbors, no matter where you may be celebrating Christmas this year!
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.