About Good Friday – by M Gerson

Nice piece by Michael Gerson on Christianity

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/the-hope-of-pardon-and-peace/2017/04/13/b52b848c-2069-11e7-a0a7-8b2a45e3dc84_story.html?utm_term=.7900d9b7973d

“He [Jesus] was brought down by law and order allied with religion, which is always a deadly mix.”

 

God is forever on the side of those who suffer. God is forever on the side of life. God is forever on the side of hope.

 

If the resurrection is real, death’s hold is broken. There is a truth and human existence that cannot be contained in a tomb. It is possible to live lightly, even in the face of death — not by becoming hard and strong, but through a confident perseverance. Because cynicism is the failure of patience. Because Good Friday does not have the final word.

Go Where You Are Needed

From Crawford Loritts https://www.moodyradio.org/programs/living-a-legacy/2017/04-2017/2017.04.09-go-where-you-are-needed-part-2/

April 2017 – Go Where You Are Needed, (2 Parts)

 

After a while Christians have a tendency to hang around Christians.

 

7 barriers that make it hard for Christians to go to/reach out to/be with unbelievers

 

  1. (over time) We Get out of touch with our own neediness.
  2. Fear
  3. Be aware of self-righteousness (becoming a Pharisee – back door Pharisee)
  4. View Christianity as our mission. (Christendom does not equal the Gospel)
  5. We overemphasize the differences that we have.
  6. We are not intentional. (we drift toward a Christian culture)
  7. Diminished relational skills

 

A Pharisee is one who forgets that he needs to grace of God

 

Do:

  1. Look for prepared hearts.
  2. Frequent the dark places.
  3. Make loving and engaging the lost a priority.
  4. Don’t forget how to enjoy yourself when hanging out with non-Christians.

 

(expect criticism)

 

4 aspects of Mercy

Generosity

Forgiveness

Compassion

Extension of healing and help