If the salvation Jesus sacrificed Himself for is shalom-peace, reconciled well-being, then true peace is the lived-out expression of the essence/glory/love of God
So, if we are true peacemakers, true cultivators of wholeness around us, true bringers of wellbeing, then we prove that we have the love of God—we take after our Father. We are clearly His children.
Peacemaking is our witness.
Hebrews 12:1-13, 18-24
Maybe the reason joy is so hard to come by is that in this life, it comes through struggle…and we would rather avoid struggle. Except by doing so, we end up also avoiding joy
Does your life “taste like” Good News? Just say no to the zombies.
“The greatest proof that the Good News of Jesus Christ is good, is not a great sermon, or even a great personal testimony, though we’ve seen that those are powerful and Apostle used his earlier in this letter. The greatest visible proof that the Good News of Jesus Christ is good, is a reconciled community from every tongue, tribe, language, nation, gender, birth order, whatever–worshiping and serving God together.”
“[The Flesh] can produce a very ‘righteous’ morality, but it nullifies grace. I hope that you can see that the essential mark of a Christian is not how far you have progressed in sanctification, but on what you are relying to get there.”
Rev Barbara Jernigan
Is your life endorsed or an endorsement?
Sermon Series: By Their Fruit You Shall Know Them
I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting the one who called you to live in the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel, which is really no gospel at all…
The Apostle Paul
How to avoid Fake (Good) News.
Do you want to tell the story with the happy ending, or do you want to accept God’s invitation to the story with the happily ever after?
Hesed is contagious–but a good contagious. You don’t need a mask!
Based on the way this story reads, I believe that faithful, generous love in the heart of Boaz would have been generous with any foreigner because the heart of His God welcomes the foreigner. But his faithful, generous love is drawn to this particular foreigner, because he senses the same faithful, generous love in her.