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Month: February 2015

Remember Me………….

Worship is a human response to God’s work and mercy in our lives.  It is also an active receiving of God’s good gifts.  In our worship God is the actor giving what we need for life in this world and life in the world to come. It is also recognition of who God is and what he has done and that requires remembering. The person and works of God that must be brought to mind as objects of adoration and wonder, but for all of our seeming work in the process it can only come about out of God’s own memory, in His promise that he has not forgotten us or the basis of His relationship with us.  That relationship is based upon His love for us expressed in mercy in sending His Son to take our sins away.  “He recalls His promises and leads His people forth in joy” we sometimes sing after communion. God remembers us.  He remembers our sins no more.  When we remember God brings the promise into our “now”. Powered by Cincopa Video Hosting.                 Share this on:...

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“The Nadir and Scoff of Good Conversationalists……..”

It must have been Robert Louis Stevenson who said that talk about the weather was the “nadir and scoff of good conversationalists”.  If he didn’t, he should have.  In my humble opinion however it is not the low point of a conversation to start with the weather but it may be if you end one there.  Weather is the great leveler because as we know He “makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.” Matthew 5.   Weather is the one thing that affects all of us, even the shut-ins, because for a time we all become shut-ins.  There is something elemental about 20 below.  It really can be deadly, and a few minutes outside without a hat and gloves and boots will bring that reality home. Up here in the North country we like to say that 20 below keeps the riff raff out or some such nonsense.  We take to the old bromide that when it gets below zero it kills the flu bugs and we get healthier.  This is usually offered up by someone who has spent 3 weeks in the house sneezing, coughing, and the new craze, dabbing themselves with essential oils.  Although oil of cloves jammed up a nostril can be exhilarating, in the main I would forgo the experience.  The keeping...

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God Will Invade

C.S. Lewis: “God will invade. But I wonder whether people who ask God to interfere openly and directly in our world quite realize what it will be like when He does. When that happens, it is the end of the world. When the author walks on to the stage the play is over. “God is going to invade, all right, but what is the good of saying you are on His side then, when you see the whole natural universe melting away like a dream and something else–something it never entered your head to conceive–comes crashing in; something so beautiful to some of us and so terrible to others that none of us will have any choices left? For this time it will be God without disguise; something so overwhelming that it will strike either irresistible love or irresistible horror into every creature. It will be too late then to choose your side… That will not be the time for choosing: it will be the time when we discover which side we really have chosen, whether we realized it before or not. Share this on:...

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More on Progress.

  Chesterton is a hoot. It is not merely true that the age which has settled least what is progress is this “progressive” age. It is, moreover, true that the people who have settled least what is progress are the most “progressive” people in it. The ordinary mass, the men who have never troubled about progress, might be trusted perhaps to progress. The particular individuals who talk about progress would certainly fly to the four winds of heaven when the pistol- shot started the race. I do not, therefore, say that the word “progress” is unmeaning; I say it is unmeaning without the previous definition of a moral doctrine, and that it can only be applied to groups of persons who hold that doctrine in common. Progress is not an illegitimate word, but it is logically evident that it is illegitimate for us. It is a sacred word, a word which could only rightly be used by rigid believers and in the ages of faith. Share this on:...

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