This is a far cry from the easy believism of being a Christian in our culture. It does not require much for us to profess faith in Christ in our neighborhoods. Nobody cares what we do with our Sunday mornings as long as it does not infringe upon their freedom to do what they want to do. Christian faith is met with indifference rather than hostility. We are more likely to be mocked or patronized than persecuted.Read more
James 4:1 says, "What causes fights and quarrels among you? Don't they come from your desires that battle within you?" (NIV) Every trouble starts because of our self-centeredness.
It's very easy for selfishness to creep into relationships. When you start a relationship, you work really hard at being unselfish. But as time goes on, selfishness begins to creep in. We put more energy into building relationships than into maintaining them.Read more
He spent the rest of his life teaching and writing about the missionary task of proclaiming the Gospel in the secular West. His personal life and writings commend the Gospel, as did that of St. Paul in his day. When Paul was called upon to prove the authenticity of his Christian faith he provided a remarkable check-list of three characteristics.
First, the authentic Christian is a person who endures hardship and opposition with grace.Read more
This is the message St. Paul is expounding in 2 Corinthians 5:18-21. He described the Gospel in terms of God's work of reconciliation. Reconciliation is a diplomatic and political term referring to harmony established between enemies by peace treaties. It is also a personal relational term referring to harmony between people alienated from one another by an offense. It results in the restoration of a friendly relationship.Read more
St Paul tells us that in Christ we have these two kinds of life: the flesh and the spirit, the outward and the inward, the earthly and the heavenly, the old self and the new self, the animal-life and the Christ-life, the life of the first Adam and the life of the second Adam, the self-centered and the Christ-centered, the old and the new. The old life is what we derived from our parents, our childhood, the culture in which we were raised. None of us is self-invented.Read more
The movie, Woman in Gold, starring Helen Mirren as Maria Altman and Ryan Reynolds as her lawyer, tells the story of how the Austrian Nazis stole the art work and wealth of their Jewish neighbors and refused to return them after World War II. It is estimated that 100,000 works of art still have not been returned to their original owners.Read more
Years later, at age 51, he wrote of his teenage experience: 'All of a sudden I experience the sensation people talk about who have been through an earthquake, when the ground shakes under their feet, as do the walls around them, the ceilings over their heads, the furniture beneath their hands, all of nature before their eyes. I was seized by the blackest melancholy, then by an extreme disgust with life.'Read more
We are reminded today that God who created us, gave us mortal life, and who graciously gives life from the dead, as he did Jesus, will give us eternal life with Jesus and bring us into his presence. We are not talking about human immortality, of survival for all beyond the grave. But that, for those who have Christ's life in them, who are animated, led and sanctified by the Holy Spirit, when the earthly body dies, they will be given a new resurrection body in heaven.Read more
John Donne, celebrated English poet ("No Man is an island") and Dean of St. Paul's Cathedral, London (1573-1631), preached at the death of King James I in 1625.
His text was from Song of Songs 3:11 --
"Come out, you daughters of Zion, and look at King Solomon wearing the crown, the crown with which his mother crowned him on the day of his wedding, the day his heart rejoiced."
In his homily John Donne used the image of the crown of thorns.Read more
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