Do you ever just get tired of, well, of human-ness? Not only in the bickering and baseness that goes on around you, and the degenerated animal-acts you hear about, but in your own, continuing, failures? Sure, you know that God forgives, but you feel unwilling to forgive yourself? It’s like, you need more than to just confess and be forgiven, you need to be cleansed. And we’ve found that conviction can happen when you’re in the process of pointing a finger at someone else–because four fingers are pointing back at self.
So, the confession time at this morning’s service was extra-highlighted (Ha, I wonder why?) And then. wow. What a great sermon–can’t even make notes, there was so much in it. In fact, we asked the speaker to send us his notes! It was about the gifts of the Spirit.
One important thing that was pointed out, was how weak people can come through surprisingly strong (and vice versa). And it seemed so clear that the one who was speaking, is one of those people who seem weak, but… well, awhile ago it was hard to imagine, but now: we’re wishing this guy could be our new senior pastor! He’s not so sure about that, but, you never know!
Meanwhile, here’s another great verse that rather matches today’s mood, and it’s actually printed on the fall picture this time.
But we’ll copy it here to make sure you can read it:
“All men are like grass, and all their glory is like the flowers of the field; the grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of the Lord stands forever.” (1 Peter 1:24-25)