023201 Finding God in the mysteries of every day
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For God has not given us a spirit of timidity, but of power and love and discipline.
There seems to be a pervading hopelessness and lassitude among many church attenders these days. A sort of weak, assent to things Christian as long as they do not cause them discomfort or confusion or fear. In may ways we have given ourselves over to creature comforts just as the people of the Exodus did. Psalm 106:15 gives voice to God’s frustration and disgust with such slackness of faith. Psalm 106 15 He gave them their request,
but sent leanness into their soul. (World English Bible)
I stand on the platform week after week and observe the fear and stand-offishness of, yes, I’ll say it, MOST of the people who seem to be just occupying a pew. While a praise team leader should initiate songs of praise I believe that they should be drowned out by the loud praises of those who call themselves by the blessed Name.
As we approach this Lenten season I would remind you of the scripture spoken in the prophecy of Joel 2: 12 “Yet even now,” says Yahweh, “turn to me with all your heart,
and with fasting, and with weeping, and with mourning.”
13 Tear your heart, and not your garments,
and turn to Yahweh, your God,
for he is gracious and merciful,
slow to anger, and abundant in loving kindness,
and relents from sending calamity. (World English Bible)