Those who are growing in God's grace will have peace with the Father, peace in circumstances , peace with them self knowing God's forgiveness, and even peace with those around us, but this peace is not of unfeeling that might be gained by ignoring other people's agony.
Growing in Christ grace is often having us more and more groaning in grace Christlike compassion (Luke 7) for those who are in hurtful, sorrow, sadness, lost of relationship, and sinfulness.
God has never m...eant for His children to live in a world that is free of sorrow. We seem to be living in a world that is spoiled in to thinking that we should have every emotion free of sorrow and trouble. It just is not goingto happen.
One of our members said Sunday "I was listening to Charles Stanley and he was saying just what you have taught us." Thank of that. If you listen to John MacArthur you might say the same think. Or Charles Price, or David Jeremiah, or Charles Spurgeon or even D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones. Or Spiros Zodhiates, A.T. Robertson, L. Berkhof, R.C. Sproul, J. I. Packer,, Millard, Erickson. But please I don't sound like Jimmy Swaggard or Billy Graham.
Going to worship this morning, is more than just showing up, but talking with others and showing interesting in others. Its not all about you. Encourage someone, tell the song leader, Tell the musican they did great and was a blessing, Thank a Deacon or Elder. Say to a Sunday School Teacher you enjoyed their lesson. Maybe you could tell the preacher he brought a good sermon. JUST DON'T WALK OUT OF THE CHURCH
Was Jesus Christ a Calvinist? Was He Sovereign? Jesus never did anything without a determinate destination and a predeterminated intention and there were no unforeseen events or problems and there was no second plans.
Oh this is my sermon this morning from Luke 7 Jesus Just Happen by Chance To Go To Nain and Raise A Son .
Now Christians want a Christian political agenda! Some feel if they can change the political climate, we can have a better nation! Funny isn't it. Its really misguided Idealists who seem to become, what is the word, enamored in temporal issues at the expense of God's sovereignty.
(I am glad I have the Sovereignty-Calvinist bend on theology in terms of culture, politi...cal, activisism: i.e. I truely believe the Lord is the Authur of History and that He is orchestrating all things according to His will.)