New Life

So, I’m blogging about a blog who’s blogger blogged about a blogger’s blog.  Make sense? (Read Dr. Harper’s words and quote below, but click here if there is a problem viewing it).  To translate: I’m sharing what Steve Harper shared about Richard Rohr.

This message is more than “important” for the Church to take deep into it’s heart and live out.  The lesson?  If we want new life, then we must put to death the old one.  But putting to death the old life means turning our back on it, especially when the world says not to.  Dying to ourselves means shedding the worldly opinions, politics, and way of life that the world presents.  Folks, we’re Christian.  That truth alone makes us automatically different than the world.  We’re not going to be liked for it.  In fact, we will be hated for it (John 7.7; 15.18-19; 15.23; 1 John 3.13).

1 John 3.24, All who obey his commandments abide in him, and he abides in them. And by this we know that he abides in us, by the Spirit that he has given us,” therefore, abide, remain, stay in Christ and do not part his company for the fellowship of the world.  Remember that “suffering” is part of the equation.  If you want to see resurrection, then there will be trial, there will be suffering, there will be death, but through the power of God there is new life.  Suffer well and prepare yourself for new life! 

I hope you enjoy Steve’s sharing of Richard’s comments below (or click here if you still haven’t been able to read it)

Rev. Whit R. Martin
Pastor, New Liberty United Methodist Church
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