Nov. 24 – Divine Glue

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Affirming Jesus as Lord implies holding together opposites: The one who died with common criminals for attempting to over throw the government is King of all things in heaven and on earth. The one who created all things visible and invisible came to us as a vulnerable infant. The Apostle Paul allows for the exclusion… Continue reading Nov. 24 – Divine Glue

Day 18 with the Belhar

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We believe … that any teaching which attempts to legitimate such forced separation by appeal to the gospel, and is not prepared to venture on the road of obedience and reconciliation, but rather, out of prejudice, fear, selfishness and unbelief, denies in advance the reconciling power of the gospel, must be considered ideology and false doctrine.… Continue reading Day 18 with the Belhar

Day 17 with the Belhar

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We believe … that the credibility of this message is seriously affected and its beneficial work obstructed when it is proclaimed in a land which professes to be Christian, but in which the enforced separation of people on a racial basis promotes and perpetuates alienation, hatred, and enmity; — from the Confession of Belhar You do… Continue reading Day 17 with the Belhar

Day 16 with the Belhar

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We believe … that God’s lifegiving Word and Spirit will enable the church to live in a new obedience which can open new possibilities of life for society and the world; — from the Confession of Belhar May you be made strong with all the strength that comes from his glorious power, and may you be… Continue reading Day 16 with the Belhar

Day 15 with the Belhar

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We believe … that God’s lifegiving Word and Spirit has conquered the powers of sin and death, and therefore also of irreconciliation and hatred, bitterness and enmity. — from the Confession of Belhar No longer present your members to sin as instruments of wickedness, but present yourselves to God as those who have been brought from… Continue reading Day 15 with the Belhar

Day 14 with the Belhar

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The church is witness both by word and by deed to the new heaven and the new earth in which righteousness dwells. — from the Confession of Belhar And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “See, the home of God is among mortals. He will dwell with them; they will be his… Continue reading Day 14 with the Belhar

Day 12 with the Belhar

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God has entrusted the church with the message of reconciliation in and through Jesus Christ. — from the Confession of Belhar All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation; that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their… Continue reading Day 12 with the Belhar

Reconciliation

Imagine you are an emissary from a distant planet sent to Earth to bring humanity into the League of Galaxies. The League has much to offer Earth, including interstellar travel and trade. However the League is peaceful and only admits planets that can work with others harmoniously. Your assessment of Earth technology shows that humanity… Continue reading Reconciliation

Peace

This Sunday we will conclude our worship service with a ritual of anointing for healing. Those present will be invited to come forward, or merely to watch and sing, as we share a physical reminder of God's act of reconciliation with us so that we might be reconciled with one another and point to glimpses of God's new heaven and new earth.