Preparing To Rejoice In Him // September 15th, 2019

Reflection “Community is not easy. Someone once said, ‘Community is the place where the person you least want to live with always lives.’ In Jesus community of twelve apostles, the last name was that of someone who was going to betray him. That person is always in your community somewhere; in the eyes of others,…

Preparing To Rejoice In Him // September 8th, 2019

Reflection “We all know that the opposite of planning is not a wonderful flow of deep, spontaneous experiences in prayer. The opposite of planning is the same old rut. If you don’t plan a vacation, you will probably stay home and watch TV. The natural, unplanned flow of spiritual life sinks to the lowest ebb…

Preparing To Rejoice In Him // September 1st, 2019

Reflection “I think that the Church is the only thing that is going to make the terrible world we are coming to endurable; the only thing that makes the Church endurable is that it is somehow the body of Christ and that on this we are fed. It seems to be a fact that you…

Preparing To Rejoice In Him // August 25th, 2019

Reflection To me a Christian is either a man who lives in Christ or a phony. You Christians do not appreciate that it is on this – the almost external testimony that you give of God – that we judge you. You ought to radiate Christ. Your faith ought to flow out to us like…

Preparing To Rejoice In Him // August 11th, 2019

Reflection “Union with Christ is really the central truth of the whole doctrine of salvation not only in its application but also in its once-for-all accomplishment of the finished work of Christ”. ~John Murray, Redemption Accomplished and Applied   “Right now, at this very moment, you’re walking one of two paths through life. Either you’ve…

Preparing To Rejoice In Him // July 28th, 2019

Reflection “The promise here is that, no matter what awaits us at the moment of death, in this moment and in every moment we can experience resurrection, our lives liberated from the slavery of death. Through this resurrection, we are no longer self-interested survival machines driven by fear, pushed and pulled by our survival instincts.…

Preparing To Rejoice In Him // July 21st, 2019

Reflection “Therefore, no matter what precautions we take, no matter how well we have put together a good life, no matter how hard we have worked to be healthy, wealthy, comfortable with friends and family, and successful with our career – something will inevitably ruin it. No amount of money, power, and planning can prevent…

Preparing To Rejoice In Him // July 14th, 2019

Reflection “Our preaching is not the reason the Word works. The Word is the reason our preaching works.” ~H.B. Charles     God Calls Us To Worship :: Galatians 5:1 Christ Has Set Us Free [1] For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of…

Preparing To Rejoice In Him // July 7th, 2019

Reflection “When a broken neck ambushed my life and left me a quadriplegic, I felt as though God had smashed me underfoot like a cigarette. At night, I would thrash my head on the pillow, hoping to break my neck at a higher level and thereby end my misery. After I left the hospital, I…

Preparing To Rejoice In Him // June 30th, 2019

Reflection “What Is the Motive for Evangelizing? There are, in fact, two motives that should spur us constantly to evangelize. The first is love of God and concern for his glory; the second is love of man and concern for his welfare.” ~J.I. Packer, Evangelism & the Sovereignty of God   “Missions is not the…

Preparing To Rejoice In Him // June 23rd, 2019

Reflection “Resurrection means that the worst thing is never the last thing.” ~Frederick Buechner   “The worst isn’t the last thing about the world. It’s the next to the last thing. The last thing is the best. It’s the power from on high that comes down into the world, that wells up from the rock-bottom…

Preparing To Rejoice In Him // June 16th, 2019

Reflection “Jesus tilted His head back, pulled up one last time to draw breath and cried, “Tetelestai!” It’s meaning…”paid in full.” With Jesus’ last breath on the cross, He declared the debt of sin cancelled, completely satisfied. Nothing else required. Not good deeds. Not generous donations. Not penance or confession or baptism or…or…or…nothing. The penalty…

Preparing To Rejoice In Him // June 9th, 2019

Reflection “Having become with us the Son of Man, He has made us with Himself sons of God. By His own descent to the earth He has prepared our ascent to heaven. Having received our mortality, He has bestowed on us His immortality. Having undertaken our weakness, He has made us strong in His strength.…

Preparing To Rejoice In Him // June 2nd, 2019

Reflection “The object of opening the mind, as of opening the mouth, is to shut it again on something solid.” ~G. K. Chesterton   “I admit that I deserve death and hell, what of it? For I know One who suffered and made satisfaction on my behalf. His name is Jesus Christ, Son of God,…

Preparing To Rejoice In Him // May 26th, 2019

Reflection “The opposite of love is not hate, it’s indifference.” ~Elie Wiesel   “Even the excruciating pain could not silence his repeated entreaties: ‘Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.’… Meanwhile, the rulers sneered at him, shouting: ‘He saved others, but he can’t save himself!’ Their words, spoken as an…

Preparing To Rejoice In Him // May 19, 2019

Reflection “Now, what happens if you eliminate anything from the Bible that offends your sensibility and crosses your will? If you pick and choose what you want to believe and reject the rest, how will you ever have a God who can contradict you? You won’t! You’ll have …A God, essentially, of your own making,…

Preparing To Rejoice In Him // May 12, 2019

Reflection “The person who knows that he received mercy while an undeserving enemy of God will have a heart of love for even (and especially) the most ungrateful and difficult persons. When a Christian sees prostitutes, alcoholics, prisoners, drug addicts, unwed mothers, the homeless, the refugees, he knows that he is looking in a mirror.”…

Preparing To Rejoice In Him // May 5, 2019

Reflection “Modern man still needed to feel heroic, to know that his life mattered in the scheme of things, he had to be specially ‘good’ for something truly special. He still had to merge himself with some higher, self-absorbing meaning, in trust and gratitude. If he no longer had God how was he to do…

Preparing To Rejoice In Him // April 28th, 2019

Reflection “Forgiveness flounders because I exclude the enemy from the community of humans and I exclude myself from the community of sinners.” ~Miroslav Volf, The Spacious Heart   “When we forgive evil we do not excuse it, we do not tolerate it, we do not smother it. We look the evil full in the face, call…

Preparing To Rejoice In Him // April 14th, 2019

Communion Sunday We will come to the Table this Sunday to feast with our Lord; Christ, himself, invites us to come and sit with him. What makes this time so special from any other day in worship? It’s special because even though we are sinners, beggars, idolaters and rebels a King sets the table and…