Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good

If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. Do not take revenge, my friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: ‘It is mine to avenge; I will repay,’ says the Lord. On the contrary: “If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.” Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

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For today, I simply want to reiterate Rebekah’s message from Sunday morning, part two of the “Anger Series” she started a couple of weeks ago.

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Rebekah Maul preaching at 9:00 worship, WFPC

Anger (Sin is crouching at your door):

Anger is a big topic, in fact it is huge. Poorly managed anger is responsible for destroying people and the relationships between people with such deadly efficiency I believe it should be studied by the National Centers for Disease Control.

The first week we spent quite a bit of time talking about the difference between God’s righteous anger and self-righteous anger/rage. Outrage seems to be the “go-to” or default position so many adopt at the drop of a hat, and that defines so much of contemporary discourse. This week’s message – Anger Part Two (enjoy the service or forward to the sermon around 21:00 mark) – had more to do with how we can address anger, about how we can live as people of faith, about how we can experience anger but deal with it appropriately.

JUST LISTEN: I have another post to share this afternoon, so let’s keep this short. I highly recommend Rebekah’s message (linked above). As she includes a summary of Part One you don’t have to go back to get started. If you have not heard her speak before you will discover why so many people find her sermons not only spiritually nourishing but also intelligent and entertaining.

Here’s the bottom line: God’s word is alive and it speaks with clarity to the issues we face every day. New every morning, full of grace and truth, God’s constant invitation to come home.

In love, and because of love – DEREK


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