J.R.R. Tolkien told a questioning correspondent, life’s purpose is to know, praise, and thank God.
I assumed my first undivided responsibility.
Boethius moved from considering history from the actor’s point of view to a “timeless” eternal view. From the divine perspective, nothing is ever utterly lost, because all of life is possessed by God in the eternal now. Though time was gnawing away at Boethius and stealing all he valued, God was beyond time and loss. Gaining this philosophical vantage allowed the last Roman to become one of the first men of the Middle Ages.
If spiritual formation is the purpose of the church, then personal transformation should intentionally be the purpose of the small group ministry. Bible study is great. Fellowship is wonderful. Evangelism is essential. But changing and growing to be more like Christ should be the purpose of the small group ministry.
Salvation is a gift. Godliness is the pursuit.
The goodness of the mother is written in the gaiety of the child.
Resilience is rooted in habits we can cultivate and change.
I hope we can inaugurate a new humility in our use of religious language, which for me is the very proof that it is authentic.
Some people will not make the decision to give Jesus love back no matter how great his love is. These folks are who I call “grace users
Don’t make peace with the sin in your life.