Sunday, July 14th, 2019
It is important for us to see ourselves as partners with God in the transformation of the world. We have the honor of bringing more good to our world.
Trying to be like someone else is not uncommon. Actually being someone else is impossible. But that's exactly what Peter tells us to do.. to be Jesus.
You ARE God's special people. You are his possession, a people he calls his own. You don't have to walk around feeling rejected and dejected. You belong to him.
What does holiness mean? Is it a function of our shifting culture? Or is it a defining attribute of God that we need to observe and experience, and let it change us more and more into the likeness of Jesus?
"Exiles and strangers" are words often used to describe the current condition of Jesus' followers. We often feel like outsiders, or like things are strange. It should be that way. We may live here, but our true home and citizenship is found in a totally different place.
The Holy Spirit was poured out on the church on Pentecost - celebrated today throughout the world - and is still poured out on the church today, as evidenced in a small part by the work done at Central Ohio Work Camp 2019.
Thrive wherever God leads you. Bless those around you, and he will bless you, too.
Although Jesus' apostles jumpstarted the movement, millions of other ordinary people like you and me have decided to be witnesses and give testimony to the resurrection of Jesus Christ. We have committed to be the difference.
The story of the early church community was a story of a worshipping community and a caring community. We can pray and endeavor to mimic this caring community.
Make no mistake about it, our faith and our practices as followers of Jesus must be fueled by the power of the resurrection. It's easy to argue that the resurrection was the primary motivation for the early followers of Jesus to be so radically committed to the way of Christ. Can the same be said of us?