There is no part of us that is immune or exempt from this loving relationship. To follow Christ to place our entire selves in his loving service.
How do you distinguish between what is authentically the voice of God and what is the voice of a hired-hand in shepherd’s clothing?
Thomas is the patron saint of those of us who have tried this faith thing again and again and still find ourselves with more questions than answers.
You can count on God for a lot, but you for sure can’t count God out.
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The seeds we plant today might wind up being the trees under which our children will play on day, but if we plant nothing, we can rest assured that nothing will grow.
That is the judgment: that God sees us just as we are; but, here is the grace: God loves us anyway.
we must upset all the rules by doing what Jesus actually commands us to do: “Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.” This is not a license to be mistreated. God doesn’t need doormats any more than God needs weapons.
Except that grace can neither be constructed nor contained. We can till the ground around it, water it, ensure it has plenty of sunshine and fertilizer, but ultimately grace is a gift.
Following this new teacher, this messiah, this Christ, is as simple as this – being reached by Christ to reach out our hands in loving service to those around us.