Why Character matters…
I am no great writer but follow me for a second. Will the church miss another great opportunity to show the world the love of Jesus?
Many of my over schooled friends have clouded up the issue in my opinion.
Homosexuality is not the design of God for mankind. Hatred and self righteous bigotry is not God’s design for His church.
Why can’t we just say what the Bible says? Homosexuality is wrong but so are lots of behaviors. Gluttony, hatred, greed, etc.
Remember the thief on the cross? He simply looked at Jesus and asked him to remember him when Jesus entered His kingdom. Jesus not only said yes but He said TODAY!!!!
So lets not be gluttons, adulterers, haters, liars or thieves. If someone is a homosexual do you think hating them and parading around screaming that the govt. stop them from being married is the way to go? (I fully understand I am not dealing with the pastoral implications in this blog.) If you want to do that please be gracious…Jesus came to save sinners and I am the worst sinner!
Maybe just maybe we can come together as followers of Jesus and love everyone and invite them all into the kingdom of God.
Peace and Warmth,
1 Corinthians 6
New International Version (NIV)
Lawsuits Among Believers
6 If any of you has a dispute with another, do you dare to take it before the ungodly for judgment instead of before the Lord’s people? 2 Or do you not know that the Lord’s people will judge the world? And if you are to judge the world, are you not competent to judge trivial cases? 3 Do you not know that we will judge angels? How much more the things of this life! 4 Therefore, if you have disputes about such matters, do you ask for a ruling from those whose way of life is scorned in the church? 5 I say this to shame you. Is it possible that there is nobody among you wise enough to judge a dispute between believers? 6 But instead, one brother takes another to court—and this in front of unbelievers!
7 The very fact that you have lawsuits among you means you have been completely defeated already. Why not rather be wronged? Why not rather be cheated? 8 Instead, you yourselves cheat and do wrong, and you do this to your brothers and sisters. 9 Or do you not know that wrongdoers will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived:Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor men who have sex with men[a] 10 nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. 11 And that is what some of you were. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.
12 “I have the right to do anything,” you say—but not everything is beneficial. “I have the right to do anything”—but I will not be mastered by anything. 13 You say, “Food for the stomach and the stomach for food, and God will destroy them both.” The body, however, is not meant for sexual immorality but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body. 14 By his power God raised the Lord from the dead, and he will raise us also. 15 Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ himself? Shall I then take the members of Christ and unite them with a prostitute? Never! 16 Do you not know that he who unites himself with a prostitute is one with her in body? For it is said, “The two will become one flesh.”[b] 17 But whoever is united with the Lord is one with him in spirit.[c]
18 Flee from sexual immorality. All other sins a person commits are outside the body, but whoever sins sexually, sins against their own body. 19 Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; 20 you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.
1 cor 6
From Todd Hunter- Known in our Pain…loved in our Sin
Father Riccardo goes to town on this message on Psalm 23
since i posted Dallas Willard’s opinion about memorizing long passages of scriptures I thought some assistance in how to do so would be helpful…..
Disciples should meditate in depth and memorize: 10 Commandments, Lord’s Prayer, Sermon on the Mount, Rom 8, Col 3, Phil 2-4, Ps 23 Dallas Willard