By coming to church, and gathering as a community to worship and praise, we are encouraging each other to allow the resurrection to literally change who we are and the way we live…
Being church in the wake of Sutherland Springs: are we on the defensive, or still God’s open invitation?
So who are we? Are we an invitation… or a barrier… or a lighthouse… or a gatekeeper… or a discouragement… or an ambassador…?
Jesus did not give everything so we might experience political freedom, but so we would be able to enter into the ultimate love relationship(with God) without fear.
So they find what they’re looking for in a very ordinary scene, where a young girl and her love usher new life into a fearful, broken, dangerous world, and in so doing create the space for hope, wonder, meaning, and promise to take root and grow.
I often talk with people who feel like they are almost never really connected with God. Sometimes they can hook in at church, but the moment they head back into work, family, and recreation the signal seems to evaporate.
We can’t make someone else love us. But we can choose to love others, and to love without reservation.