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12.23.2005    |    Gatherings
The coming of the Lord is at hand, and our time of celebration about to begin. Of course, in the secular world, it's been little else but noise and tinsel. Not that I've anything against Christmas carols; I love them. Just that they come too early, and listening to "Jingle Bells" in early November is jarring.

Advent should be a time of watchfulness, of waiting for Him. It is also a time to gather one's thoughts about God, to know that God's purpose for sending Jesus to us through the vessel of Mary was to put paid to our sins.

God caused this to be known. Mary was told, directly, that she, too, would suffer as the Mother of God when Jesus was pierced and put on the tree. From Luke 2
34And Simeon blessed them and said to Mary his mother, "Behold, this child is appointed for the fall and rising of many in Israel, and for a sign that is opposed 35(and a sword will pierce through your own soul also), so that thoughts from many hearts may be revealed."
"A sword will pierce through you." As it should for all who proclaim Christ as Lord. William Penn wrote, in 1669, a pamphlet entitled,"No Cross, No Crown."

We go Friend Penn one step further, and know that the wood of Jesus' cradle presages the wood of His cross.

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1 Comments:

Anonymous MMM said...

Merry Christmas, PreacherMan. :)

10:31 AM, December 25, 2005  

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Welcome. My name is John Luke Rich, (very) struggling Christian. The focus here is Christianity in its many varieties, its fussing and feuding, how it impacts our lives and our society, with detours to consider it with other faiths (or lack thereof).

Call this blog my way of evangelizing on the internet.

Putting it differently, we're only here on this earth a short time. It's the rest of eternity that we should be most concerned about. Call it the care and feeding of our souls.

I was born Jewish, and born again in Christ Jesus over thirty years ago. First as a Roman Catholic; now a Calvinist by persuasion and a Baptist by denomination. But I'm hardly a poster boy for doctrinal rigidity.

I believe that Scripture is the rock on which all Christian churches must stand -- or sink if they are not so grounded. I believe that we are saved by faith, but hardly in a vacuum. That faith is a gift from God, through no agency on our part -- although we sometimes turn a deaf ear and choose to ignore God's knocking on the door.

To be Christian is to evangelize. Those who think it not their part to evangelize perhaps haven't truly understood what our Lord told us in Matthew 28. We must preach the Gospel as best we are able. Using words if necessary.

Though my faith waxes and wanes, it never seems to go away. Sometimes I wish it would, to give me some peace of mind. But then, Jesus never said that walking with Him was going to be easy...

Final note: I also blog as Jack Rich on cultural, political and other things over at Wrong Side of the Tracks

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