What does it mean to share the Gospel? What does it mean to enter into someone’s pain and share with them who you are, where you’ve been, and the fact that not only do they need God but WE need God? Our text today dives into Jeremiah rousing up those around him to turn to God WITH him. It’s a challenge for all us as we do life with one another. Continue reading Lamentations 3:37-42 From One Sinner to Another
Our text starts off with a quick word from our observer (vs 17) and then verses 18-22 is the woman, once more, lamenting on what is going on – and yet there is a brief pause where she recognizes her own sins and her rebellion against God’s righteous ways (vs 18) – and it ends with verses 19-22 with her continued pleas to God. So … Continue reading Lamentations 1:17-22 Forgiveness: Taking Ownership or Pointing Fingers?
Many of us have a love-hate relationship with “reconciliation” – as most of us would argue that it’s simply hard. I mean REALLY hard and often times painful. And yet the difficulty or pain of it shouldn’t deter us from the holiness of it. Continue reading FamilyFire: TRYING to Reconcile My Struggle with Reconciliation
I was taken aback by grace this week. For us we understand grace as unconditional forgiveness…which it is – but our unconditional forgiveness, our concept of grace, is bound up in more-often-than-not…US turning the corner and coming back to God! Right? For us grace is understood in the “oops” of the moment. We make a mistake, we acknowledge it, we seek forgiveness and we move … Continue reading Radical Grace