Performance-Driven Community

Today, we had an excellent talk about the motivation for righteousness, or right living. To many people in Christian and Jewish communities, to receive or experience God’s love and blessing you must first obey Him. Yet as was expressed today, God loved us first. While we were disobedient, selfish, and self-righteous He sacrificed for us and has given us blessings. Our motivation should not be to earn God’s love by strict adherence to Law, but in the reciprocating love and sacrifice of gratitude for His preemptive love.

The Miracle at Pentecost

I grew up being taught that the miracle of Acts 2 is the preaching of the gospel in a language unknown to the speaker. As an adult, I have found it quite common for for people to say something they don’t understand. I have also found it quite rare that people can align their personal …