Thursday, 26 February 2009

I'm Not Ready Yet

I am not yet ready again to jump on the blogging wagon, here is another quote to keep the juices flowing, Martin Luther again, I'm afraid;

13. If you are a preacher of mercy, do not preach an imaginary but the true mercy. If the mercy is true, you must therefore bear the true, not an imaginary sin. God does not save those who are only imaginary sinners. Be a sinner, and let your sins be strong, but let your trust in Christ be stronger, and rejoice in Christ who is the victor over sin, death, and the world. We will commit sins while we are here, for this life is not a place where justice resides. We, however, says Peter (2. Peter 3:13) are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth where justice will reign. It suffices that through God's glory we have recognized the Lamb who takes away the sin of the world. No sin can separate us from Him, even if we were to kill or commit adultery thousands of times each day. Do you think such an exalted Lamb paid merely a small price with a meager sacrifice for our sins? Pray hard for you are quite a sinner.

Thursday, 12 February 2009

A Thought for the time being

Yes, things have changed, there is plenty happening and plenty to talk about, no time now, so here is something written by Martin Luther, which I think can be applied to many peoples view of 'mission' today;

Faith is not what some people think it is. Their human dream
is a delusion. Because they observe that faith is not followed by
good works or a better life, they fall into error, even though they
speak and hear much about faith.
``Faith is not enough,'' they say, ``You must do good works, you must be pious to be saved.'' They think that, when you hear the gospel, you start working,
creating by your own strength a thankful heart which says,
``I believe.'' That is what they think true faith is. But, because
this is a human idea, a dream, the heart never learns anything
from it, so it does nothing and reform doesn't come from this
`faith,' either.
Instead, faith is God's work in us, that changes us and gives
new birth from God. (John 1:13). It kills the Old Adam and makes us
completely different people. It changes our hearts, our spirits,
our thoughts and all our powers. It brings the Holy Spirit with
it. Yes, it is a living, creative, active and powerful thing, this
faith. Faith cannot help doing good works constantly. It doesn't
stop to ask if good works ought to be done, but before anyone
asks, it already has done them and continues to do them without
ceasing. Anyone who does not do good works in this manner is an
unbeliever. He stumbles around and looks for faith and good
works, even though he does not know what faith or good works are.
Yet he gossips and chatters about faith and good works with many
Faith is a living, bold trust in God's grace, so certain of
God's favor that it would risk death a thousand times trusting in it.
Such confidence and knowledge of God's grace makes you happy,
joyful and bold in your relationship to God and all creatures. The
Holy Spirit makes this happen through faith. Because of it, you
freely, willingly and joyfully do good to everyone, serve
everyone, suffer all kinds of things, love and praise the God who
has shown you such grace. Thus, it is just as impossible to
separate faith and works as it is to separate heat and light from
fire! Therefore, watch out for your own false ideas and guard
against good-for-nothing gossips, who think they're smart enough
to define faith and works, but really are the greatest of fools.
Ask God to work faith in you, or you will remain forever without
faith, no matter what you wish, say or can do.

Tuesday, 3 February 2009

Take a Break

I have sat down here this morning to write a very specific post about some discussions I have been having over the last few days and instead I have decided to take a break. I am not going to post for a week.

I think I want to ask myself a couple of questions, like, why am I blogging, also I check the sitemeter thingy far too often, so I know I have an issue with playing to an audience.

I think I want this to be fresh and inspired, not just a daily rant, although if I want to rant, this is where I would do it, as this is meant to be me expressing me.

I digress again, I also do notice that I have started to use the same language and sayings in my posts, I suppose it just feels a bit samey. Maybe in a week I will still write about tithing ( which was what I was going to write about) or take off the sitemeter or have a new template, I don't know. Maybe it will be exactly the same. Bye.