Holy Desperation

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All across the US today there are quiet-times and devotionals – maybe even low level worship. All across the UK today there quiet-times and devotionals – maybe even low level worship. Across the Christian world today almost all will have at its heart: “This is a hard teaching. Who can accept it?”
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“I have a teaching to offer.
That loving everyone is easy.”

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“Holy Desperation”, for me, says it all.  God is hard work.  God is complicated.  God is burden and sacrifice.  You need me to explain it.  The law says.
Love is easy. God is love.
Why teach anything else?

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I am not sure how far and wide this “teaching” will travel. But I know it has changed me for ever.

Thank you –

 

Paul

 

Just me being curious

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My teaching confused “swearing” and “swearing an oath”.

I swear when I miss and the hammer hits my thumb. Or when something dangerous happens.  Bad language, foul language, impolite language, inappropriate language …  “social law” teaching.

But swearing an oath is where I promise something with great personal drama.  Like a courtroom with the infamous “I swear by Almighty God that the evidence I give shall be the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, so help me God”  (while holding “a bible”)!

And bad things happen when I “swear an oath” and then break it …  “biblical law” teaching.

‘But woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites!  For you lock people out of the kingdom of heaven.  For you do not go in yourselves, and when others are going in, you stop them.  Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites!  For you cross sea…

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