Transformed for Boldness

Where is God in all this?

If the glory of the Lord reflects in the ministry of God’s people and in the world around us, some days I have problems seeing it. And you?

The people in the Old Testament believed that if they saw the face of God, they would surely die. Thus when Moses spoke with God on Sinai God only showed Moses his back. Similarly, when Moses came down from mountain after speaking with God, he needed to cover his face with a veil, for the people feared that the glory of the LORD that shone from his face might be fatal to them.

In Jesus Christ, we believe that we have indeed seen God. But doing so comes with a cost. Paul summarized this transformation to the church in Rome writing: “So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus.”

Monarch Butterfly emerged from its cocoon

This is the essence of Transfiguration Sunday. Not only was Jesus transfigured before three disciples atop a lonely mountain, but we also are transfigured so that the world might see the glory of the LORD through us as the whole world is transfigured into the Kingdom of Heaven.

I will have more to say about 2 Corinthians 3:12-4:2 at Temple Terrace Presbyterian Church at 8:15 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. on Sunday, March 3rd.
Robert Shaw, Pastor

A Tip for Parents

I believe that becoming a Christian changes a person from the inside out. The change is often difficult to see. Unlike superheroes, Christians do not wear a specially marked uniform or cape. Yet, trusting Jesus as Lord and savior makes lasting changes in how Christians live.

Two eggs.
Was one transformed?

To explain this change, I will have two eggs: one hard boiled and the other fresh. From the outside they are nearly indistinguishable. But hard boiling permanently changes the inside of the egg.