What I Read Today;

Romans 10; Matthew 21; Ezekiel 13; Psalm 114-115; 1 Chronicles 10-11; Numbers 11

Rules, Rules Rules, we love our rules.  We like to make things difficult.  Our government makes rules so difficult to follow that business owners need to hire a lawyer and accountant to figure out what they can and cannot do.  Working for a large corporation, you’ll find that a policy or personnel decision will require five e-mails, three meetings, and even after that, you still may not have a decision.  We definitely like to make things more complicated than they need to be.

Our consciences do the same thing to us. When we think of our salvation or our spiritual health, we tend to focus on the things we’ve done wrong.  We look at our past acts, and we find ourselves wanting.  We feel the guilt and shame of our failures weighing on our shoulders until the weight becomes unbearable.  That guilt and shame turn people bitter and angry.  Depression and anxiety set in, and people head away from the church because they feel as if they are being judged.

That’s why we need to keep proclaiming the Gospel!  Even more today than ever before.  People need to hear the words, “If you confess with your lips that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved!” NRSV

It’s more important than ever before!


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