Some things are just hard to know, and when dealing with mystery, it's easy to get lost in the questions.
God is mystery; we will never completely understand.
But there are times, sometimes only moments, when we see God better than we have before.
Such a moment may occur for us at any time - even in the moments just ahead of you.next >
When I came to you, brothers and sisters, I did not come proclaiming the mystery of God to you in lofty words or wisdom. For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ, and him crucified. And I came to you in weakness and in fear and in much trembling. My speech and my proclamation were not with plausible words of wisdom, but with a demonstration of the Spirit and of power, so that your faith might rest not on human wisdom but on the power of God.
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At school, there are a lot of people who know what you look like, but there are probably only a few friends who know the real you.
In seminary, my wife had an incredibly intelligent professor who knew more polysyllabic (big!) words than anyone should, and she and her classmates spent as much time looking in the dictionary as the textbook! Do you know someone like this? Maybe your eyes started rolling thinking about someone who tries to impress you with a bunch of facts and information.
I had a different professor we affectionately called “the weeping theologian” because almost every day, when he talked about the love of God, it was so real to him that he began to cry. This kind of person doesn’t make your eyes roll; they make your eyes light up! They have not only come to understand what God is like. but they have also come to know who God is and how real God is.
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Lord, today I decide to know nothing except Jesus Christ, and him crucified. Amen.next >
God sent Christ into the world,
Giving life abundant and free.
God sends us like Christ before us
Sharing love with all those in need.
Shine your light into the darkness
So the lost can finally say:
Never ceasing, life increasing,
Christ, our life, our truth, our way!
Steve Cothran has been working with youth since his youth, and the last 20 years he has served church staffs in Florida, Kentucky, and North Carolina. Steve enjoys relating life to Seinfeld and a weekly discussion of The Walking Dead, and his office smells of leather-bound books and rich mahogany. His wife Nancy is also a minister, and they have three semi-adult children: Marina, Raleigh, and Robyn.
Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus