Tuesday, 12 December 2017
The religious right think that they have cornered the market in spirituality.
They think that right thinking and right politics equals God's blessing.
And absolute power.
But spirituality is not about lording it over others.
Spirituality is about giving.
Too much of our language in church is about receiving and asking for things (mostly for ourselves).
Too much of our intention is about conquest and conversion.
And too little of our action is about meeting others' real needs.
We need to learn to give love.
Not to accrue benefit to ourselves.
Then we will be a true blessing to the world.
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Monday, 11 December 2017
We may feel powerless to stop the war machines.
We may feel depressed about the state of our world.
We may not know what to do.
Or how to help.
But there is one thing we can do.
And that is:
Pray for Peace.
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Sunday, 10 December 2017
"'The Father judges no one.'" John 5:22 (NRSV)
"'Very truly, I tell you, the Son can do nothing on his own, but only what he sees the Father doing, for whatever the Father does, the Son does likewise.'" John 5:19 (NRSV)
"'You judge by human standards; I judge no one.'" John 8:15 (NRSV)
Jesus says he, like the Father, judges no one.
So how can we anticipate a Judgement Day?
People have been predicting this Day for thousands of years but it never happens.
Perhaps we are justified in thinking that it will never happen.
Humankind has projected its expectation of Natural Justice onto God.
But God does not work in this way.
God is wholly good, wholly benevolent.
"The Lord is not slow about his promise, as some think of slowness, but is patient with you, not wanting any to perish." 2 Peter 3:9 (NRSV)
Rather than punishing us for our transgressions, God waits for us to change.
He gives us another chance.
So, like God, we should refrain from judging others.
And offer them another chance.
[Scripture quotations (marked NRSV) are taken from the New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 by the Division Of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the U.S.A., and are used by permission. All rights reserved.]
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Saturday, 9 December 2017
Friday, 8 December 2017
Once we experience the Love of God and know that Love is sure.
Then any attempts to undermine, contradict, or cancel that Love are powerless.
And once we know that sex is not a sin then all their efforts will be fruitless.
We will live in Love and give our love to others.
Then we will be Home.
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Thursday, 7 December 2017
Michelangelo said that God was somehow involved in his creativity - he was not doing it all himself.
And this is how it is if we pray and if we are sincere in our adoration of God.
Somehow the Love is shared and distributed.
And we become co-creators.
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At last after years of pain and struggle and tears
the Australian Parliament passed the Same-Sex Marriage bill.
Gay Marriage is now legal in Australia.
With the Assembly of the Uniting Church in Australia
scheduled for next year this is perfect timing to
discuss the possibility of God's blessing
for Same-Sex Marriage in our churches.
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