God has gently reminded me more than once that the onus for what he has promised is not on me. It is on him.
“I do not always understand the mystery of prayer, but I know its power.”
If the Apostle Paul had perceived all his challenges as God closing a door, he wouldn’t have undertaken most of his missionary journeys.
In a world of chaos, who’s in charge? Rev. Jeff Rudy offers a compelling word on Reign of Christ Sunday.
God’s will is absolutely the best that can happen to us under any circumstance. Cooperating with God doesn’t produce hardship, but harmony. God’s will is not intended to cause problems but to produce power that cannot come to us outside of God’s will.
We don’t need to get anxious because of what that produces. “Do not fret – it leads only to evil.” Think about how much that causes pain comes from fear.
The sovereignty of God is a vitally important truth Wesleyans badly need to recover. This is not only because it is crucial for understanding the biblical drama, but also because many Wesleyans have tended to neglect it because Calvinists often give the impression that it is one of their distinctive doctrines. But the sovereignty of God is not a Calvinist doctrine, it is a biblical doctrine, and no one who wants to be faithful to Scripture can afford to ignore or downplay this great truth.
In short, we need more Arminians with an edge. These are Arminians who understand that the claims of Calvinism and Arminianism are mutually exclusive, and they cannot both be right. They understand that there are important issues at stake and that there are large practical implications. Not the least of these is the very character and love of God. Does God truly love all persons, and do we have a gospel of good news for all persons?
This sermon was preached in the days following tornadoes in Oklahoma. Elijah was on the run. He had fled the wrath of his archenemy,…