The Good News satisfies much more than our guilty consciences, and touches much more than our minds. God is into whole-life transformation.
Let us receive God’s invitation to remember well, to remember fully.
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Three additional clips are included, with an update from the Elders (& families) Retreat, a quote from John Newton, and the moment of Communion.
“Wouldn’t it be grand if Christians would stand against the misplaced values of our time, not with angry rhetoric but with love and action?”
—Richard Stearns (president World Vision USA)
“ I have often said that man’s unhappiness arises from one thing alone: that he cannot remain quietly in his room.
—Blaise Pascal (Pensees)
“The world tells us we can add a dash of God here and there, a little religion of a splash of spirituality, like flavor for our lives. There are many, many varieties to choose from; we can pick what pleases our spiritual palette. But letting Jesus into your life, your real life, is nothing like salting your chicken. It’s more like inviting a wrecking ball to dinner. In the most glorious way, Jesus messes with everything. He is an earthquake-ish sort of unsettling. But … Jesus is so good and glorious and altogether lovely, life-giving, and life-changing that I guarantee you’ll never regret letting him in. Everything he touches, he transforms. He brings hope, life, healing. He can turn every evil on its head and use it for our good. There is nothing else like what he does. He can redeem any relationship, heal any wound, calm any storm, part any sea, save any lost, and make masterpieces out of our worst messes. I can guarantee you will never regret letting him into your life.”
—Kari Patterson (Sacred Mundane)
“A company of travelers fall into a pit: one of them gets a passenger to draw him out. Now he should not be angry with the rest for falling in; nor because they are not yet out, as he is. He did not pull himself out: instead, therefore, of reproaching them, he should show them pity. . . . A man, truly illuminated, will no more despise others, than Bartimaeus, after his own eyes were opened, would take a stick, and beat every blind man he met.”
—John Newton, “letter to Cecil”
All Summer we’ve also been journeying in the Story Catechism. The nineteenth chapter of the Story Catechism is about the Church embracing and embodying “Everyday Love”:
Now the church lives all around the world sharing the Gospel with their neighbors.
The Church has been invited to join God.
The Church shares the Gospel by loving neighbors and serving them.
Jesus tells us to love one another like He loves us.
When we love each other, the world sees how Jesus loves.
Romans 8:14-19 (NLT)
14 For all who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God.
15 So you have not received a spirit that makes you fearful slaves. Instead, you received God’s Spirit when he adopted you as his own children. Now we call him, “Abba, Father.” 16 For his Spirit joins with our spirit to affirm that we are God’s children. 17 And since we are his children, we are his heirs. In fact, together with Christ we are heirs of God’s glory. But if we are to share his glory, we must also share his suffering.
18 Yet what we suffer now is nothing compared to the glory he will reveal to us later. 19 For all creation is waiting eagerly for that future day when God will reveal who his children really are.
Psalm 78:1-8 (NLT)
A psalm of Asaph.
1 O my people, listen to my instructions.
Open your ears to what I am saying,
2 for I will speak to you in a parable.
I will teach you hidden lessons from our past—
3 stories we have heard and known,
stories our ancestors handed down to us.
4 We will not hide these truths from our children;
we will tell the next generation
about the glorious deeds of the Lord,
about his power and his mighty wonders.
5 For he issued his laws to Jacob;
he gave his instructions to Israel.
He commanded our ancestors
to teach them to their children,
6 so the next generation might know them—
even the children not yet born—
and they in turn will teach their own children.
7 So each generation should set its hope anew on God,
not forgetting his glorious miracles
and obeying his commands.
8 Then they will not be like their ancestors—
stubborn, rebellious, and unfaithful,
refusing to give their hearts to God.
Numbers 11:16-23 (ESV)
16 Then the Lord said to Moses, “Gather for me seventy men of the elders of Israel, whom you know to be the elders of the people and officers over them, and bring them to the tent of meeting, and let them take their stand there with you. 17 And I will come down and talk with you there. And I will take some of the Spirit that is on you and put it on them, and they shall bear the burden of the people with you, so that you may not bear it yourself alone. 18 And say to the people, ‘Consecrate yourselves for tomorrow, and you shall eat meat, for you have wept in the hearing of the Lord, saying, “Who will give us meat to eat? For it was better for us in Egypt.” Therefore the Lord will give you meat, and you shall eat. 19 You shall not eat just one day, or two days, or five days, or ten days, or twenty days, 20 but a whole month, until it comes out at your nostrils and becomes loathsome to you, because you have rejected the Lord who is among you and have wept before him, saying, “Why did we come out of Egypt?”’” 21 But Moses said, “The people among whom I am number six hundred thousand on foot, and you have said, ‘I will give them meat, that they may eat a whole month!’ 22 Shall flocks and herds be slaughtered for them, and be enough for them? Or shall all the fish of the sea be gathered together for them, and be enough for them?” 23 And the Lord said to Moses, “Is the Lord‘s hand shortened? Now you shall see whether my word will come true for you or not.”
“The light of the eyes rejoices the heart, and good news refreshes the bones.”
“Gracious words are like a honeycomb, sweetness to the soul and health to the body.”
“The crucible for silver, and the furnace for gold, and the LORD tests hearts.”
This year each of us is invited on an adventure to build an altar to God each new day, to look up and love our Creator first. What will be your plan to develop a new rhythm of seeking God each day? » Find some help here.