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#ItSeemsToMe... The Bible makes two extraordinary statements about God.

Phil Miglioratti

http://reimagine.Network

" God is holy. "

Holiness means to be "set apart." In God's case, absolutely perfect in being and character, without fault  or failure,  Righteous  in  every  motivation and  judgement. Just in every response.

 

" God is love.”

God is revealed as   loving, lovely, able-to-love, because love is the essence of God's being. Love is an attribute of God expressed in care for the creation and people who are created in God's image. God's love is released in mercy, truth, and grace (undeserved and merited forgiveness) to all who believe. 

 

Being "wholly other" (set-apart) does not give God permission to circumvent love  when responding to injustice, sin, or to evil.  The grace of God  requires both holiness and love in perfect balance.

 

Sadly, many Christians  and Churches choose one or the other.  Some are content to pursue justice without love; ignoring mercy, forgiveness, or healing. Law without grace. Others  choose love but  ignore the need for righteousness,  repentance  and redemption. Both become opposite wings that, rather than working in tandem, respond as opponents, often nullifying the benefits of both. 

 

God is perfectly holy. But not merely holy.

God is always love. But never solely love.

What do you think?

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With thanks to John Armstrong…

Schaeffer adds, “Anything that an individual Christian or Christian group does that fails to show the simultaneous balance of the holiness of God and the love of God presents to a watching world not a demonstration of the God who exists but a caricature of the God who exists.”

Mark of the Christian, p. 21

FYInspiration . . .

Hello Roseland & West Pullman Ministry Leaders

We have some exciting Prayer and Outreach opportunities happening in our community this summer. Please consider joining other sister churches as we work TOGETHER for revival and community transformation.
1. PEACE CAMPAIGN - FRIDAY'S
We are continuing to pray for peace, show compassion to our neighbors, and worship the Lord together every Friday night 7-10pm. It takes place at 119th St. and Michigan. We are still looking for host churches. Reply to this email for more info.
2. SATURDAY OUTREACHES
Two Saturday's a month we are seeking to show love and share the good news of Jesus together as ONE Church in the Roseland community. 
  • Sat., June 19th (9am-12noon) - We'll be hosting a prayer table at the Roseland 5K Walk/Run. We'll be passing out water, gummy bears, and hand sanitizer, praying for people and connecting them to carrying churches at Gately Stadium
  • Sat., July 17th (4-7pm) - TBD
  • Sat., July 31st (4-7pm) - TBD
3. TUESDAY NIGHT PRAYER
Join other leaders from across the community as we pray for Roseland and West Pullman. 
Join Zoom Meeting https://staffweb.zoom.us/j/97545841378?pwd=ZG9FYUFVTGZ5TFl5RlVJd1Fz... Dial in number (312) 626-6799 Meeting ID: 975 4584 1378 Passcode: 664123
In the Grace of Jesus,
 
Marc Henkel
City Co-Director - Chicago
CRU Inner City
773-821-7060 x315
marc.henkel@cru.org

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