I’ll Be There
Date: January 18
Speaker: Dr. Steve Elliott
Text: John 16:1-15
“I’d have cherished every minute of it and realized that the wonderment growing inside me was my only chance in life to assist God in a miracle.” Erma Bombeck
“I’ll be there.” It’s a phrase that captures the heartbeat of sincere human empathy.
As long as he was there, he was the object of opposition, not them.
What seemed so disastrous to the disciples was actually in their best welfare.
Atheism is no more a religion than not skiing is a sport. Persecution by an atheist represents persecution by the world: life that has organized itself without reference to God.
If you look for truth, you may find comfort in the end; but if you look for comfort you will not get either comfort or truth, only soft soap and wishful thinking to begin with, and in the end, despair. C.S. Lewis
Could it be that indifference to our faith is the most damning persecution we face?
By standing against this culture, even in the certain knowledge of feeling all of our own smallness or marginal status, we assist God in a miracle.
Now, unfortunately, all of that has pretty much become a Christian cliché.
But Jesus is not a cliché.
If we were better students of our own personal history of walking with Jesus, we’d be better prophets of what our future holds with Him.
Could it be that you could be the presence of Jesus with a face on it?
Could it be that you could be the arms of Jesus holding someone in place while their world shifts all around them?