Posts made in May, 2019

If you remain in his love

If you keep my commandments, you will remain in my love Lots of people would pay a fortune for the secret to the complete joy that Jesus promises in today’s Gospel reading (John 15:10).   Shelves and shelves of self-help books in shops around the world are living proof of that.   So too are the countless lifestyle gurus whose seminars consistently sell out.   It’s a good thing that Jesus gives it away for free! You will have joy that is...

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God wants to dwell in us

I remain in you Throughout the Old Testament, we see times when God revealed himself to his people in a dramatic way.   He dwelled in a tent (Exodus 27), a pillar of fire and a cloud (Exodus 13:21), and the Temple (1 Kings 6).   There was no question that God was close to his people. As wonderful as those manifestations of God were, Jesus reveals in today’s Gospel (John 15:4) that it wasn’t enough for God to simply be near us.   God wants to...

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Undergo many hardships

It is necessary for us to undergo many hardships to enter the Kingdom of God St. Paul must have made quite an impact when he spoke these words.   He had just returned from traveling to Derbe, Lystra, and Pisidian Antioch, preaching the gospel as he went.   But the Paul who came back to them probably looked noticeably worse than the Paul who had first visited them a few months earlier.   Not only had he been subjected to “violent abuse” by some...

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To remind us

He will . . . remind you of all that I told you Have you ever visited a national monument or museum?   These structures and exhibits are there for a reason:   to remind us.   They might commemorate the work of great inventors or heroic leaders, the service of veterans, or historic movements.   But more than that, they embody a country’s character, dreams, and aspirations. Scripture tells us that Israel built monuments too.   When the people...

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