https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-ixp3w-c3286d James 2:1-13 The Kingdom of God looks upside-down to the kingdom outside it. In the Kingdom of God, it’s the poor who are the ones cherished by God, who are courted by Him, who are to be the leaders, who are to receive special honor, because when we don’t have money, we don’t have…Read more Listen! Picking Favorites
https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-mrryt-bcea7c Acts 3:1-21 Rev Jennifer A G Layte "A truly 'saved soul' will look different—not only by telling people they’re sinners who need Jesus to escape Hell, but by reflecting a different way of viewing and responding to the world—a restorative, reconciling, life-giving way. The gospel is not summed up by the Four Spiritual Laws,…Read more Grace Anatomy: Hands, Feet and Mouth
https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-gkndj-bb30fa Acts 2:42; 1 Corinthians 11:23-29 Rev Jennifer A G Layte "This week I’ve been reminded of Jesus’ words to His disciples that everyone would know they were His because of how they love each other. Usually when I think about that verse, I roll my eyes and say to myself, 'Yeah, right. We’re so…Read more Grace Anatomy: Blood Is Thicker Than Water
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.
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.