Tuesday, April 18, 2017

A Brief Statement on the Providence of GOD

The deepest answer that resurrection declares, and the only answer for the Christian believer, is a solid, underlying belief in the providence of the GOD who is there and who is not silent. If we can somehow relinquish our dreams and struggles into GOD's hands -- the GOD who resurrects -- trusting that whatever happens in this life can be taken into the power of providential creativity and turned into the accomplishing of divine design — becoming part of His story — then we will be able to see through our dreams to a deeper angle and to their innermost aim. Then we will be able to see an opening of hope within the darkness of disillusionment.

In his little book, "Into Your Hands, Father " Wilifrid Stinissen reminds us that if we are troubled by what is occurring in our life “we do not see things that happen in the right context, namely, as material in GOD's hands.” Material in GOD's hands?  Well…yes…think of Jesus, for example, his suffering, death and resurrection. His life was material in GOD’s hands. And yes, the events of our life — both good and bad – must be daily offered in allegiance to the living, risen Christ so we can seen them transformed by GOD’s providential power into the stuff of GOD’s plan and GOD’s will — material in GOD’s hands.

What must also be discovered is that this daily offering, in truth, is the primary practice of discipleship. This daily offering is actually what it means to live as a follower of the Christ, even as we struggle and suffer. Remember, at the moment of our faith in the Christ our life ceased to be our own. That is to say, we folded our story into GOD’s story. At that moment the direction of our life became his direction; the purpose of our life became his purpose. That is why at the outset we are told to count the cost (Luke 14:28) because discipleship means we acknowledge through all we have and all we are that we were bought with a price, and therefore, daily, we willingly decide to glorify GOD in our lives and not ourselves. (1 Corinthians 6:20)

Monday, August 1, 2016

Unity In the Body of Christ, A Conversation In Two Parts

The Church must formulate some sort of Christian response to the nations current catastrophic course of division and violence, a response beyond politics and prose, a response of action. In this two part conversation Pastor Mark challenges Unity Church to see Christian unity as the most meaningful long-term action.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Finishing Well -- A Video Devotion from Acts 20:17-27

St. Paul's interaction with the leaders of the Ephesian church is seen as an opportunity, in this latest video devotion from Pastor Mark, for present day disciples to focus on finishing well.