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Why is it we feel we must portray a model of perfection as Christians?

For as long as I can remember, the stereotypical Christian was one who cleaned up well and always answered the “How are you Doing?” question with positive enthusiasm.

Do we present a church which has arrived and is all together, or one filled with people on the journey of figuring it out?

Donald Miller, in his refreshingly candid book Scary Close: Dropping the Act and Finding True Intimacy says,

“Grace only sticks to our imperfections. Those who can’t accept their imperfections can’t accept grace either.”

A photo by Keith Wickramasekara. unsplash.com/photos/C-6TaN2fxK8

Sometimes it is these imperfections which bring beauty.

Miller would imply Christianity, at is core,  is an admission of weakness. We seem to grasp this as a way to enter the door of faith.

I want to wish you and yours a Merry Christmas from NoSuperHereos. Celebrate, relax, and enjoy the season when we commemorate “the Great Appearing”

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Have you ever wondered why Jesus didn’t talk about grace?

There are many today that would like to discount the grace of God for this fact. They argue that grace is a creation of the apostle Paul. People say if you preach the grace, believers will do whatever they want.

Are these accusations true?

Jesus seems to preach the opposite of a grace message at times. He makes strong statements that could point to a work’s oriented gospel.

Jesus said, “You therefore must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect!” (Matthew 5:48)

Perfect?
How is that working out for you?
How could Jesus say this, when in our honest moments; we know this is not possible?

Did work happen before or after the Fall of man? Is it a result of sin?

God placed Adam and Eve in the Garden and gave them dominion over all that He had created (Gen. 1:26).

To have dominion indicates rulership and stewardship, or the ability to make things better. Genesis 2:5 tells us that before the Creation of man, there was no one to work the ground. God placed them in the Garden to work and keep it, to even make it better! (2:15)

All this happened before sin!

Work was a part of the perfect world prior to sin and death. When Adam and Eve sinned, work became more difficult. Sin corrupted every aspect of life, including work.

work

God values work so much that He includes it in the Ten Commandments. Exodus 20:8 tells us “to remember the Sabbath Day…six days you shall labor”.