Wonderful Words of Life: Paradise, Heaven

Texts: Romans 8:18-25, Luke 23:39-43, Psalm 49:7-20

Winston Churchill claimed to be an agnostic. He regarded faith in an afterlife as mere superstition, akin to believing in ghosts and goblins.  He once told his doctor that death was just a long black, velvet sleep.  Still, he held out at least a sentimental hope.  He wrote his wife Clementine that if there were anything more (i.e., more than this life), he would look for her.  He also opined than in heaven he would paint for about 5,000,000 years and thus master the art.  He said that, of course, after a time, additional colors would be added to his palette, and they would require more work, for these new colors would add to the color palette of this new world, as the palette of color photographs once added to the palette of black and white photographs. (This is a very loose quote, but accurately captures his sentiment.) Continue reading

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Wonderful Words of Life: The Spirit of Truth

Texts: John 14:15-17, John 15:26-27, John 16:12-15, Ephesians 1:13,  1stJohn 4:1-12 These texts represent all texts that bring “Spirit/spirit” and “truth” together. Other texts that imply “Spiritual/spiritual truth” do not use this combination.

Interpretation:

According to Jesus, the Spirt of Truth proceeds from the Father and (like the disciples themselves) bears witness to Jesus himself.  The world cannot receive the Spirit of Truth because it neither sees him nor knows him.  The disciples do know him, “for he dwells with you, and will be in you.” It is best to read these words in the context of John 7:39, where-in the author of the 4th Gospel says that the Holy Spirit was not yet given to the disciples because Jesus was “not yet glorified,” that is, not yet glorified by his “death and resurrection.”

The task of the Spirit of Truth is two-fold.

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Random Thoughts Inspired by an Old Scrapbook

Today, the Rev. Dr. Neil Routh will join you at Fries at 5:00. My little contribution I offer here, alone. It was inspired by my finding the picture which heads this article. The Pastor

Since the beginning of the pandemic, I have been going through papers and “memorabilia” left me by my mom when she died in September of 2018, just a few hours shy of her 95th birthday. One of the prizes she left is a tattered scrapbook that had to have been put together by my father’s mother, for some things in it predate dad’s association with my mom by half a decade or more. Though she died when I was a preschool child, I remember Grandmother Green, who is Dairl’s grandmother, too. One of the articles is from the “Winston-Salem Sentinel” and is dated December 31, 1940.  It features a picture of my dad and two other young men who had recently joined the Army. Each was allowed a quote.  My dad, Norwood Green, said, “Uncle Sam will give me a future, I believe.” It was a prescient statement. Dad was one of the fortunate young men who went off to war, served well, and returned home alive.  A member of the Army Medical Corps, Br. Norwood went into Utah Beach on D plus 1, then participated in a number of campaigns. He was with Patton’s 3rd Army when it relieved General McAuliffe’s troops in Bastogne where they were fighting the Battle of the Bulge, and from there, he went with the 3rd Army into Germany. He assisted in the liberation of at least one of the Nazi death camps. Following the Allied Victory and German surrender on May 8th, 1945, Dad stayed in Germany to help run a civilian hospital. His second in command was a German Colonel. He then returned home and attended Mars Hill College, Moravian College, and Moravian Theological Seminary. He took full advantage of The Servicemen’s Readjustment Act of 1944, commonly known as the G.I. Bill.  Without it, Dad might never have gone to college or seminary. Continue reading

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Fries at 5:00 p.m. on Zoom Meeting

The Rev. Dr. Neil Routh will be at Fries at 5:00 today.  Contact Margaret Couch for a link if you wish to attend.  I am working feverishly on an article of my own.  Look back here later today.  Thanks.

 

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Get Hoped! Listen this Sermon by the Rev. Dr. Gardner Taylor

I have always enjoyed the preaching of the Rev. Dr. Gardner C. Taylor. He is articulate but even more, he is authentic. I discovered this sermon on YouTube. It is based on a famous text from Job, “I Know that My Redeemer Liveth.” It is in two parts. I am linking to the first, and the second will play automatically. Click here to be encouraged!

 

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