God’s arms open wide; the Creator’s generous heart receptive to everyone who walks through the doors; the faith community speaking God’s “Yes” with a distinct clarity into a world where affirmation is sometimes scarce; the invitation of Jesus in all its simplicity and power: come, everyone who is carrying any kind of a burden.
The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying
This is the invitation of Christmas! Christmas is the invitation to not be afraid; it’s the invitation to trust; it’s the invitation to live!
the more years I spend on this planet, the more likely I am to err on the side of grace rather than judgment. We all walk a tightrope of indecision sometimes, and if I am going to make a mistake – which is likely – then I would rather err on the side of grace.
much of modern Christianity has moved backwards, into a lightly Christianized religiosity that has little to do with the invitational, “the world will know you are my followers by the way you love one another,” reconciliation-oriented mission of Jesus.
I am a Pilgrim in Progress: I want this morning’s post to stand (without any arm-twisting or guilt or leverage) as
One day some parents brought their children to Jesus so he could lay his hands on them and pray for
Jesus said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul,