February 2016


The Lectionary reading for this 3rd Sunday of Lent, begins with Isaiah 55, which has always been one of my favorite chapters in the Bible. It comes at a very strategic point in the prophet Isaiah’s message to Israel. Understood in this context which provides the clear reason for Israel’s need of the promised Redeemer, but also one of the most tender invitations for individual repentance in God’s Word.

Ho Everyone that is thirsty!

brushyfork by Mitchell Tolle

 

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The principle of accomodation as applied to citizens of the eternal Kingdom of God while temporarily remaining citizens of this present world.

E4unity : A Prophetic Advocate for Unity and Peace

A Very Wise and Useful Discipline pluralism

I wanted to find a similar graphic but with the map of America, thinking of what our new President must feel like as he assumes such an incredible assignment. But perhaps this is closer to reality in that the assignment he has assumed is a global one.

But this is a very special week in the Church’s calendar as well and perhaps that has largely gone unnoticed. This is the annual Week of Christian Unity celebration, January 18-25, that is observed by a large part of the universal christian family around the globe. I hope you will follow the link for RESOURCES  and check out this year’s theme.

The principle of accomodation as applied to citizens of the eternal Kingdom of God while temporarily remaining citizens of this present world is a very helpful and necessary one to learn. I can’t help…

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We can speak of Sin, because its power over us is broken! Paul Tillich great post from Lenten season 2010.

E4unity : A Prophetic Advocate for Unity and Peace

An excursion into a universal experience.

I find myself following a train of thought into the Lenten season of discovering why churches have found this time before Easter ideal to talk openly about- Sin. And like the sacrament of confession, to do so together, as a spiritual family.

So, after we just had a very public “apology” for infidelity by one of our fallen sports heroes, and just before the first Sunday in Lent, I went looking for a serious, in-depth treatment of this thing we call Sin. I found much more than I was hoping for in Paul Tillich’s book, The Eternal Now” (Scribner’s Sons, 1963).

In Chapter 4, entitled “The Good that I will, I do not”, taken from the Apostle Paul’s statement in his Roman epistle :

” For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what…

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Already turning heart & mind towards the Lenten season. How about you? Is it too early?

E4unity : A Prophetic Advocate for Unity and Peace

Staying focused in the Lenten season is always difficult for me. There is so much to think about in a concentrated way this time of year in the Church calendar. It has helped me to basically reduce everything to two poles which my Christian life must always revolve around:

  • The one that really stands out during Lent is the practical one, the life I live in society with everyone else; the battleground of the life of faith, the world, the flesh, and the devil.
  • The other one is the rock of my salvation, the anchor of my soul, the Father’s provision of grace in the Son of His love- the Lord Jesus Christ.

So as we go through Lent emphasizing introspection and soul searching regarding the reality of our walk in this world, we must be careful to maintain the focus especially now, not on ourselves but upon the Captain…

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