20% and Beyond
Actually, the hot and cold of Revelation 3 is not a contrast between good and bad options. Both hot and cold are positives expressions set in contrast with the lukewarmness of the Laodicean’s self-sufficiency.
20% and Beyond
Can we choose to do that? What difference do you think such actions would make in helping people to connect with the church, see the church as a community of grace, and feel further loved by the church? Let’s not just practice hospitality. Let’s perfect it.
Have you been guilty of telling others to go to Hell?
The very phrase for many Christians sends a bolt of indignation through our gut. We don’t like hearing people tell one another to “Go to Hell”, because it is a defaming and derogatory statement of derision.
Undoubtedly, many changes will result from this election. However, if we are believers, it is hardly the end of world. Our hope does not rest in such transient things as elections or even nations.
Here is a sampling of things that will remain unchanged as the results of the election roll in:
1) God’s word is still true and his authoritative revelation;
2) God will still reign sovereign on his throne;
3) Mankind will still be subject to sin and powerless to resolve the problem;
4) Jesus is still God’s Son, the conquering Redeemer, Savior of mankind;
5) Mankind still will only be redeemed through faith in the saving work of Jesus;
6) The resurrection of Christ still empowers God’s children to live new lives freed from bondage to sin;
7) The church is still called to exhibit the grace and love of Christ with one another before the world
8) The mission of the church to share the gospel with a lost world will be unchanged;
9) Christians will remain aliens and strangers in this world because this is not our home;
10) The world will still not embrace believers as their own because the people of this world hated Christ first;
11) Jesus is still going to return to bring his people home to be with him forever;
12) Those who make the choice to be alienated from God in this life will remain alienated for eternity.
Looking at this list, I’m not so sure much of significance will really change come Wednesday. Perhaps the emanate changes will drive us to reliance on what is lasting and what really matters.
What is sure about our faith produces hope. And hope overcomes our fear.
“Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear … Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.”