The church isn’t a palace for the perfect, it’s a hospital for sinners. And God forgives all those who truly repent - which is not the same as saying ‘anything goes’.
Jesus had to die - his life (and death) are the pattern for his followers; he doesn’t call us to an easy life, but to self-denial and self-sacrifice. He promises to be with us, and to help us live faithfully.
We don’t know her name, but we do know she was sensible, listened to God, and lived faithfully - what a great example to us today!
May all of us be anonymous to history, but known to God as women and men who lived faithful lives.
How we treat wealth is a barometer for our heart. Does our attitude to wealth reveal us to be generous, or greedy?
Christians need a biblical attitude: neither judgemental, nor ‘anything goes’, but encouraging and warning one another with humility and love.
Friends, the problem is we aren’t Christian enough - we need a big does of humility - how can you grow in your discipleship today?
Our mouths reveal what is in our hearts - good and bad. We praise God and curse others with the same mouth.
Without the ruach of God - without his breath, his wind, his Spirit - we are as good as dead.
The Law was always about freedom - to love and live as God intended.