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1 Peter 2 – Obey the Authorities
One who breaks an unjust law must do so openly, lovingly, and with a willingness to accept the penalty. I submit that an individual who breaks a law that conscience tells him is unjust, and who willingly accepts the penalty of imprisonment in order to arouse the conscience of the community…
1 Peter 2 – A Royal Priesthood
But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation. God’s own people.
1 Peter 1 – A Call to Holiness
Peter encourages us that if we truly believe that “we have been born anew to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead” (v.1:3) then our lives and our manner of living should reflect this truth.
1 Peter 1 – The Salutation and a Blessing
To the exiles of the Dispersion in Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia, chosen and destined by God the Father and sanctified by the Spirit for obedience to Jesus Christ and for sprinkling with his blood: May grace and peace be multiplied to you.
The Way of Love: Next Steps
Rev. Gunn’s book is a “practical guide to following Jesus.” This book is intended to be a means for each of us to intentionally develop better everyday habits which will help us live into our life in Christ. The Way of Love is not an academic study, but more of a…
The Way of Love: Rest and Resting
When we Rest, in prayer or contemplation, we are saying “yes” to God; when we Rest in the presence of others, we are saying “yes” to human relationships, and when we simply Rest with ourselves, we are saying “yes” to life itself.
You Are Gods – Waking the Gods, part 4
The Incarnation shows the enternal campatibility of the human and divine natures. Therefore, “creation is already deification – is, in fact, theogony. For that eternal act . . . is the call that awakens the gods.”
The Way of Love: Go and How to Go
The purpose of the Twelve was not to simply follow Jesus around as his entourage, but to be sent out and to proclaim that the “Kingdom of Heaven is at hand.”
You Are Gods – Waking the Gods, part 3
Every rational will, when unencumbered and freely moved, is always purposeful towards an end. Any act lacking purposefulness is by definition not an act of rational freedom. Further, the end to which the purposeful act is always directed is the Good.
The Way of Love: Bless and How to be a Blessing
Being a blessing simply means loving others as best we can. It requires actively listening to others, intuiting their needs, and serving them in whatever way we can.
You Are Gods – Waking the Gods, part 2
We are finite and contingent beings. Everything ‘natural’ about us is dependant upon some other source of power not only for its realization but for its very existence.
The Way of Love: How to Worship
Deliver us, when we draw near to you, for coldness of heart and wanderings of mind, that with steadfast thoughts and kindled affections, we may worship you in spirit and truth.