Shiginoth. "pro ignorantiis" which is "for sins done in ignorance." What part of ignorance is elevated by denial. What truth is denied? And deceit? What facts are distorted? Where? In politics? In Science? In Doctrine?
Treason: "Action or inaction to desecrate and subvert an Allegiance."
...describing how discipleship works. This is a very, very messy business. Not sterile, but hands on. People come. They go. They come back. This is a battle and the sword of the Word cuts deeply. Warriors for God will have blood on their hands but survive to dance in the streets like David did.
Questioning our anonymity... Should it be put on the altar? In 12-step programs we always respect anonymity. It's a necessary component of self-help community. But Christianity isn't conducted anonymously.
"Faith is the substance of things hoped for." Something like a tube of toothpaste. If I squeeze hope, faith is the substance that comes out.
"Lord" he said "If you're really there, if you are who you say you are... I need to hear from you. I really need to know you're there."
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..."