And Christ gave gifts to people—he made some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to go and tell the Good News, and some to have the work of caring for and teaching God’s people. Christ gave those gifts to prepare God’s holy people for the work of serving, to make the body of Christ stronger. – Ephesians 4:11-12 (NCV)
This is the 172nd “The Sunday Message” column! I was kind of amazed when I discovered I had written this many columns called “The Sunday Message.”
I started posting these short messages about God, religion, and the Bible in November 2012. I kind of felt that God wanted me to “go and tell the Good News” in my own way.
I am a Christian, but I fail a lot in my everyday walk with God. In my walk with God over the years, I have done just about everything in the church from delivering the sermon to cleaning the toilets.
Sometimes I am angry and disappointed with the Church and its leaders. I have been angry at God. Sometimes I write about it. I think a lot of people feel the same way.
I do believe that religion is a personal issue. I don’t think that one religious view is better than the other. I think everyone should have a relationship with God, everyone should pray each day, and everyone should read the Bible each day. It helps.
I seldom advertise “The Sunday Message” column via Facebook or Twitter, although my subscribers get the column (and all my other columns) via email early Sunday morning. I try (and sometimes fail) to keep politics out of this column, but there are a few times that religion and politics intersect and I write about it.
So thanks for reading!
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For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. – John 3:16 (NIV)