Every time I teach SITS, or promote it, for that matter, I talk about “what if God were there, even in the dark times”? Well. What if He were? Does that make the fact that you lived through those times better? Or worse? If He were there, and you still went through it, that must mean He didn’t do anything about it, right? Why would you want to find that out? What’s more, how could you continue to trust Him if you learned that He was?
Neither Sabbath reflected any part of the reality of the week which immediately followed it–but maybe that’s because the Sabbath is meant to be the SEVENTH day of the week…
https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-amamv-c9a196 Isaiah 2:1-5; Romans 8:18-25 What does it take to wait well? Rev Jennifer A G Layte
https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-sxep6-c8c87b James 5:12-20 Prayer is the practice of telling—and living—the truth: the truth about our circumstances, the truth about who we are, and the truth about our relationship with God. Rev Jennifer A G Layte
https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-b5sgg-c68b07 James 5:1-6 International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church “Throughout his letter, James has been drawing this distinction between rich and poor Christians, and in these verses we see his strongest indictment yet, of the rich. A few weeks ago, we saw how he pitted the kingdom of the world (ruled by moneyContinue reading “Listen! Taken for Granted”
https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-3fzm3-c4ea55 James 4; Luke 15 Prodigal Son says: Rev Jennifer A G Layte
https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-snpf3-bb2f41 Acts 1:6-14 Rev Jennifer A G Layte “We actually get to help Jesus prepare the rooms.” A whole bunch of metaphors get mixed in this sermon, but it all works out in the end.
There are people everywhere who are spiritual and might even be interested in engaging the ideas/teachings/even writings of Christianity, if they didn’t have to be beaten over the head with them and could ask whatever questions they wanted, and didn’t have to promise to “sign on” at the end.
Here’s my question. Why is it either or? Why do we need to prioritize worship over work, or work over worship? Why do we even think this is two different things? It’s like thinking God’s love and God’s glory are two different things. They’re not. They’re two different ways of thinking or talking about one thing. The same God. Worshiping Jesus and following Him are also one thing.
suffering is a facet of God’s glory, and if we are contemplating God’s glory so that we may be transformed into His likeness, we need to contemplate the whole thing—His suffering, too. If we consistently and insistently gloss over the suffering of God and skip right to the triumph, our understanding of God will eventually cease to be Christian, our “god” will become a triumphalist psychopath, and we will start to reflect that image instead.