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June 18, 2014, 9:00 PM

Day Two EPC General Assembly


Education - Encouragement Day

Well.  The business meetings have yet to begin.  Today was what I would call a bonus session.  This morning, we were treated to a workshop led by Bob Roberts of  NorthWood Church in Dallas.  Bob is a very gifted and down to earth speaker.  He spoke of a way of being Church that relies totally and completely on the sovereignty of God.  If we believe that God is God, then why are we so anxious about life?  The Kingdom of God is reality.  We are called to bear witness to that.  Any person who gives serious reflection to Jesus will ultimately embrace him. (Bold claim!)  We have the Good News!  Why worry about those who differ with us?  Just bear witness.  Love much.

Spent the dinner hour with the TSFJ Exodus folks over at Altruda's.  We enjoyed a time of sweet fellowship.  We have all been sharing each other's burdens as we have gone through varying degrees of difficulty as our churches discerned a way forward.  But, tonight.  Joy.

The worship service this evening was packed good.  During the opening singing, I couldn't help but shed some tears.  I was moved by the deepness of the words we were singing.  The seriousness that we were attaching to God's actions in Jesus.  His great love.  His great work of creation.  His plans which will be carried out, no matter what.

Tim Keller spoke tonight from 1 Peter 1.  About being exiles here on earth.  This world is not our home.  It will be when God is all in all.  But, now, it is about death and suffering.  Perhaps the most intriguing thing spoken by Keller tonight was the assertion that we must be both offensive and attractive at the same time.  Courageous and compassionate at the same time.  That's what it means to be exiles here on earth.  God's Word is offensive....but, there's just something that provokes a "thou almost persuadeth me!"

Good day.  First business day tomorrow.  Nothing inflammatory or controversial on the docket.  I could get used to this.  Good night!


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