I always knew this moment would come; even knew the choice I would make. But I prolonged and procrastinated, trying to extend my time, like a child who never wants summer vacation to end.
The biggest challenges for me as a Pastor are convincing non-believing people that God does exist, and then, guiding those willing to accept the journey to the right place to find God.
These few words could be the most undervalued words Jesus spoke, and the most misunderstood.
Be honest with yourself; you don’t fear the existence of a God, that is, any God in any form, because you don’t believe it is possible for such an entity to exist based on facts, science, rational thought, and so on.
Humans have accomplished great things in the humanities, sciences and arts. We also unleashed many errors. Our varying cultures are well and good, like the practice of gift giving on Christmas, but more important is our spiritual right to Gods great love and the receiving and union with the Spirit that is Holy, all of which has been made possible by the birth Jesus of Nazareth, The Christ.
Coming across someone who has an abundance of the Spirit inside them is a wonder. You can feel it just being around them. Some describe it like a beautiful warmth or a strange new kind of love. It’s like being around a spirit of joy, happiness, renewal, energy, clarity, and peace.
All of Gods children can sleep soundly knowing that Christ and the angels watch over us. God will care for you, but one of his key instruments for good is us.
It's time we broke the silence and distance that separates us. We must recognize that even if we are different cultures and faiths, we may agree about what God is, only spoken with different words.
Will Gods goodness get you what you do not deserve, like a magic spell that conjures up winning lottery tickets simply by asking for it? Of course not.
For a brief moment I thought he was a word magician. His slight-of-mouth meant I couldn't see the shell game and would always pick the wrong tongue to look under.