This is the first sermon archived in my church’s homepage, Blue Ridge Church of Christ. It is the introduction of How We Mature featuring James. Enjoy. Even as I am writing this, I am re-listening to the sermon. And I like it. I like reviewing what was taught before and refreshing my memory of what was taught in this or that sermon.
On a personal note, I am sorry for the lack of substance in my posts today. I am not feeling my best, and work is such that I can’t call in sick. So I’ll probably be even more tired and blah tomorrow. But hopefully, I will have something interesting for Brony Week at least! Maybe something else. And I found out that smiling even when you absolutely don’t feel like it, make you feel a little happier despite yourself.
So, have an AWESOME DAY!!
What happens when you isolate yourself from the Church? It doesn’t end well….Sin and strange ideas thrive with too much isolation and resentment….🤪 Sometimes the craziest ideas take root when you think you are your best spiritual self, and you have no idea. And sometimes that little bit of resentment you have against a brother or sister turns into something huge and monstrous.
Or if you visit a friend who been missing from Church for a while and see them…..well, struggling. The reaction…it is so real!😱
Have the courage to confront sin head on. And the one that is being disciplined🤔, have the humility to listen and take the advice…and sometimes the shove back to sanity…..to heart!💖
Or am I the only one that thinks this?
Here is another poem. I hope people like these. If not, tell me how I can improve.
Every breath-from God
Every beat-from God
Every stir-from God
Every song you ever heard-
All from God
Every skill-for God
Every task-for God
Every song sung-for God
every child reared-every talent used
All for the glory of God!
One of the strongest arguments against God is that if there was a God, how could he send people to Hell? HOw can a supposedly loving God send anyone to eternal damnation? Personally, I don’t think they are asking the right question. It should be, how can a loving and compassionate God bar people from turning their backs on God, if that is their inclination? Why would he force anyone to be with him who, for whatever reason, does not want to go to him? Hell was not originally intended for humans at all, but for the fallen angels and their head ringleader, Satan. It also became a place for anyone to remove themselves from God’s presence.
I’ll be honest. I’m no biblical scholar yet. I don’t know all about how God works, or what Heaven or Hell will be like. But I do know this. Those who choose to be away from God, God is going to in the end say, “Thy will be done.” And let them go, with, I’m guessing, a very heavy heart for each foolish, headstrong lamb. And that those who make that choice, will not be happy with it. They won’t know just how ever-present God is, how much he made life bearable, until he takes himself away. That is why, in the bible, it’s described as a place where there is weeping and gnashing of teeth. The ones who been let go will realize much too late that what they wanted and fought for so badly, was the very last thing they needed or really wanted.
This is my unschooled two cents. I’m going to end the blog with a much more learned and wise teacher in these matters. Enjoy some C. S. Lewis!
The Teacher explains our power to choose:
‘There are only two kinds of people in the end: those who say to God, “Thy will be done,” and those to whom God says, in the end, “Thy will be done.” All that are in Hell, choose it. Without that self-choice there could be no Hell. No soul that seriously and constantly desires joy will ever miss it. Those who seek find. To those who knock it is opened.’
The Great Divorce. Copyright © 1946, C. S Lewis Pte. Ltd. Copyright renewed 1973 C. S. Lewis Pte. Ltd. All rights reserved. Used with permission of HarperCollins Publishers. A Year With C.S. Lewis: Daily Readings from His Classic Works. Copyright © 2003 by C. S. Lewis Pte. Ltd. All rights reserved. Used with permission of HarperCollins Publishers.
I found this in my inbox this morning, and thought to share it. I loved what C. S. Lewis wrote here. It makes it very clear that even though we are to act as children, but being teachable, single-minded, and full of joy. I always thought of a child as one who is not afraid to be themselves, who want to larn everything about the world, who dream and play boldly, and who not only can be taught, but actively seek out lessons, not because they love being corrected, but because they are curious about how things are.And we are to act mature, in that we learn from our mistakes, learn not to be selfish but to give unreservedly, and be selfless in meeting the needs of others. In this way, we show the world the face of Christ.
I hope you enjoy reading the following post.
Prudence means practical common sense, taking the trouble to think out what you are doing and what is likely to come of it. Nowadays most people hardly think of Prudence as one of the ‘virtues’. In fact, because Christ said we could only get into His world by being like children, many Christians have the idea that, provided you are ‘good’, it does not matter being a fool. But that is a misunderstanding. In the first place, most children show plenty of ‘prudence’ about doing the things they are really interested in, and think them out quite sensibly. In the second place, as St Paul points out, Christ never meant that we were to remain children in intelligence: on the contrary. He told us to be not only ‘as harmless as doves’, but also ‘as wise as serpents’. He wants a child’s heart, but a grown-up’s head. He wants us to be simple, single-minded, affectionate, and teachable, as good children are; but He also wants every bit of intelligence we have to be alert at its job, and in first-class fighting trim. The fact that you are giving money to a charity does not mean that you need not try to find out whether that charity is a fraud or not. The fact that what you are thinking about is God Himself (for example, when you are praying) does not mean that you can be content with the same babyish ideas which you had when you were a five-year-old. It is, of course, quite true that God will not love you any the less, or have less use for you, if you happen to have been born with a very second-rate brain. He has room for people with very little sense, but He wants every one to use what sense they have.