Changing the World

What we would like to do is change the world – make it a little simpler for people to feed, clothe, and shelter themselves as God intended for them to do….  We, to a certain extent, can change the world; we can work for the oasis, the little cell of joy and peace in a harried world.  We can throw our pebble in the pond and be confident that its ever widening circle will reach around the world.  We repeat, there is nothing that we can do but love, and, dear God, please enlarge our hearts to love each other, to love our neighbor, to love our enemy as well as our friend.

—Dorothy Day, “Love Is the Measure,” The Catholic Worker, June 1946

Upon Further Examination [Poll]

For this post, I would like to ask you to express your views.  I desire to delve deep into a book of the Bible.  Personally, I would like to study a number of books from the Bible; however, I do not know which one to choose first.  Therefore, I am asking for your help.  With God’s guidance, I selected four books from which you may choose or offer a suggestion.  If you have troubles with this poll, you can tweet me, contact me, or comment below.  Thank you very much.  Grace and Peace.

Where is The Body of Christ?

Very often, I am saddened with the human element of the Body of Christ.  Personal interests find more importance than uniting the community of faith.  People view themselves as God’s called critics: “I didn’t get anything out of worship today.”  The mindset of individualism has transferred emphasis from “the community of faith” toward “personal faith.”  Our personal faith experiences should be viewed as part of the “community of faith,” an aspect of “communal” faith.  As Paul speaks of the Body of Christ, he focuses upon the “eye” viewing itself as unimportant since it is not an “ear,” nor the “hand” a “foot.”  Yet, today, the “body” seems dismembered as the “eye” seeks only what is “seen” and the “ear” what is “heard.”  There is no connection with one another through the “mind” of Christ.

In the Parable of the Weeds (Matthew 13.24-30), bad seed (weeds) is planted among good seed (wheat).  Does it seem the “weeds” have overtaken the “wheat” in the Kingdom of God?

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Relationship Conundrum

Dear Duck_n_Pulpit,

I have wondered if I am to love God with all my heart, mind, and soul while loving others as Christ loves us, then how can I love one person solely?  If I give myself fully to God, is there anything left of me to give to another?  Yet, there is a void within me which I have prayed to God for so long to fill.  I have found nothing to fill that “hole,” to silence the echoing loneliness.  God created us, male & female, in God’s own image, so that the two may become one.  Perhaps that is why I feel “incomplete”—I have not yet experienced that “one”-ness.

If I have a cup of love & give it to God, God then rains down love which makes my cup overflow, so that I must share love with others or else I will “drown” in God’s love.  But as I share this love with others, am I to single one person out over the rest to give exponentially more love?

Is remaining single or pursuing marriage God’s will for me?

Andrew

What are your thoughts?  Is Andrew’s reasoning or examination flawed? Is he overlooking something?  What advice would you give Andrew?

 

What is True and Proper Worship?

In Romans 12, Paul tells us that true and proper worship on our part, in light of God’s mercy, is to offer our bodies as a living sacrifice to God, a sacrifice that would be holy and pleasing to God.  We are then transformed as our minds are renewed, which allows us to test and approve whether something is a part of God’s good, pleasing, and perfect will.  In accordance with the faith given to us by God, our bodies, which we just offered to God, are now members of the body of Christ.  Just as each member of our own bodies has a function, we too each have a purpose in the body of Christ, according to the gifts given to us by grace.  In addition, we are to love and honor one another, hating what is evil, clinging to what is good, and being joyful in times of hope, patient in affliction, and faithful in prayer.  We are to bless those who persecute us, rejoice with those who rejoice, and mourn with those who mourn.  The chapter concludes with Paul reminding us that we are not to be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with goodness.

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Being Mindful that God is Love

Peter begins his second letter by pointing out that we have within us all that we need to live a godly life because of our knowledge of God—simply knowing God, who called us.  Through God’s glory and goodness, we are called to participate in God’s divine nature, having escaped—rejected—the corrupted world’s evil desires by placing our total trust in God.  Through our trust—that is, faith in God—we must add goodness, which leads to further understanding of God.  This understanding allows us to control ourselves through perseverance, having mutual affection for one another, which leads to the very essence of God—love.  For God is love.  We must be mindful of this in order to keep from being ineffective and unproductive in our knowing who our Lord is—Jesus Christ.  If we are not mindful of this, then we are forgetting that we have been cleansed and forgiven of our past sins.  However, if we are mindful, together through mutual affection, then we will not stumble and will receive a rich welcome into the Kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ—a Kingdom that is eternal.