Reconciliation sometimes requires confrontation. It can be an act of love to confront someone with their behavior, rather than ignore it, excuse it, or become indifferent to them. Confrontation can be an act of love.
John used Genesis to show that the Son of God, made flesh in the Incarnation, was at the beginning of Creation and through him all things were created. Jesus is the Logos: the reason for being and the meaning of life.
We are in a season where we are separated and have to have communion with our families in our homes, which is like the time the Hebrews were hiding in their homes during Passover, as the last plague in Eqypt took the firstborn children of the Egyptians. Our Communion with Jesus should extend to care for our neighbors… those hungry and without.
If Jesus were here today in this room, how many of you would doubt that you could go up to him and he would heal you? You believe he would because that is what he did when he was on the earth. Did he ever turn anyone down who came to him? No. It says “he healed them all…”
Jesus died to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. Through confession of sin and rebirth by the Holy Spirit, we are given the gift of unmerited favor and given the righteousness of God so that all our sins are washed away and in God’s eyes, it is as though we have never committed any sin. Jesus took the blame as if he had committed our sins and not us.
For too long, we have preached a half gospel: the forgiveness of sins and the salvation of your soul, which has only to do with the spiritual. That is true enough, but Jesus also died to heal us of all our diseases and infirmities. His death on the cross was the atonement for our sins and broke the power of Satan over our souls and bodies
Paul’s weakness was his learning and education, which he thought was his strength. The thorn in his side was not sickness but constant attempts to undermine his ministry by religious legalists/false apostles who came as messengers of Satan to churches he founded. The Thorn not being removed caused him to write many of the letters we have to day in response to these attacks upon grace and his ministry.
Cythnia Gartland Funeral, Oct 20, 2013 from jefferis peterson Funeral for Cythnia Gartland, Oct 20, 2013 Officiating, Jefferis Kent Peterson, I, her son-in-law I had the privilege of doing a celebration of life for my mother-in-law. The actual eulogy begins at minute 9. Our hope in the face of death. God sets a limit on our estrangement and brings us back to Him by removing fear of Him through death.