Joy and happiness are often described by believers are being entirely different realities, but sometimes I think we are simply trying to avoid admitting that we lack true joy. True joy will be a fruit of the Holy Spirit, not a rule to keep, but a byproduct of a life lived abiding in Christ.

The word sometimes rendered “qualified” here is used by Paul in 1 Cor 3:6 where Paul said that God is the one who enabled him to proclaim and live out the new covenant in a manner worthy of the Lord. Our competence, our faithfulness, this whole walk, is done through God’s empowering grace.

The word, “inheritance,” is so rich that it deserves its own prolonged study. For our purposes here I will say that an inheritance cuts against the grain of earning, and we protestants are prone to see that. But what I think is less clear to us is the idea that it is a family word. Inheritance is about belonging to a people, and receiving something from that family that marks our lives, gives us identity, shapes our destiny and our walk in the world.

The phrase used is “share in the inheritance,” which is a call back to the portions of the promised land that were given to each of the 12 tribes of Israel as their place of dwelling. The inheritance isn’t just heaven when we die. It is a land we’re meant to inhabit NOW!

Light. Throughout Scripture we find the contrast of light and darkness signifying, righteousness vs sin, God’s rule vs the demonic…We may fall alone, but we will only rise together. To walk in the light is a corporate reality. The saints in light.

Contemplative

Posted: January 17, 2020 in Uncategorized

We recently hosted a contemplative prayer weekend in which my friend, Derek, introduced us to some very ancient prayer methods. I thought I’d compile a quick summary of each of them. There are many more forms of prayer, but these are the ones we utilized in our weekend together.

  1. Sign of the cross
  2. The Jesus Prayer
  3. Centering Prayer
  4. Daily Office
  5. Letter Writing
  6. Examen
  7. Lectio Divina

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It’s been too long since I got to preach! Back at it again, this time we spent some time in Col 1:11, and talked about the difference between endurance, which is our capacity or stamina to keep going, and patience, which is the inner attitude that is willing to pay the pain price and doesn’t give way to entitlement, anger, self-pity, and complaints during the trial…
As usual, God’s interest is on the “inside job,” Christ being formed in us and expressed through us, not in making sure life goes our way. Our efforts to help or fix or save others are likely to be a major problem for us and them.

God is good, my friends! His way of thinking and living (yoke) is easy and his burden is light (Matt 11)! Those who keep on seeking and trusting in God will renew their strength (Is 40), and the best advice God gave me for how to heal is to forget what’s behind and press on toward the goal of knowing Jesus and discovering life in him, precisely through pain, not in spite of it (Phil 3).

grace and peace

Complete Knowledge of God’s Will

Posted: December 14, 2019 in Uncategorized

This one’s about Epaphras

Posted: December 14, 2019 in Media, Theology, Tim's Sermons