It is no surprise. We regularly endure hearing that there are "significant" reasons why Church Leaders and their congregations won't involve themselves with the Recovery Community. Recovery Community Meetings are a banquet - to serve the Word of Truth, feed the Milk of the Gospel and comfort people in pain. "But when you give a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind..."
Perfectionism is an obsession with the unobtainable. Sufficiency is surrender to the incomprehensible.
Addicts may never "get well." That doesn't mean I have permission from God to treat them poorly.
Grace is is an act. To return Good for Evil is the very essence of Christ's work on the Cross. Grace is also a state of being. If I live in grace then grace must flow from my life into the lives of others. If nothing flows, there is no presence of God in my Life.
"In secular history the Cross is an infinitesimally small thing, but from the biblical perspective it is of more importance than all the empires of the world. " Oswald Chambers
We've heard it said that "You can act your way into a feeling, but you can't feel your way into acting." The notion is that if I wait to feel like helping my brother, I'll never help him. Most will interpret this notion as "Faking it until you make it." Nothing could be further from the truth.
Here's the setup on this discussion: Those of us who authentically walk "The Way" of Christ carry burdens for those the church tends to abandon as "lost sheep." "Failed believers." We often cross paths with messy people who either don't feel welcome at church, or have been formally dis-fellowshipped. Most often they've experienced some warped … Continue reading Know Someone that Seems Hopeless?