Advent Notes: Duane W.H. Arnold, PhD

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  1. Michael says:

    “As we regain hearing and sight, with St. Augustine, we can then pray “Lord, give what you command, and command what you will” for we will abandon our own presuppositions and simply say, “Yes” and “Amen” to the good news that, indeed, the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us… and that changes everything.”

    The older I get and the harder life becomes…this is the Gospel for me…it does change everything…

  2. Linn says:

    My favorite Advent/Christmas word is “Emmanuel”-God with us. He came to be with us and in us so that He can transform us into who He wants us truly to be. i used to find that frightening-how could I ever be like Jesus? But, as I’ve stopped struggling to be like Him and have learned to cooperate with what He is doing, I see changes and my love for Him growing. Thank you for a wonderful Advent reminder!

  3. Duane Arnold says:

    Linn

    Many thanks!

  4. Em says:

    Words we need to survive in this cursed world
    Come soon, Lord Jesus. Come and cleanse this beautiful planet.
    My morning reading was Moses finally words to Gods chosen – calling out the priests and the treachery of the people.
    Am I wrong in thinking today’s world is quite similar?

  5. josh hamrick says:

    “When I’ve got no answers
    For hurt knees or cancers
    But a Savior who suffers them with me”
    John Mark McMillan

  6. Michael says:

    I wish I had heard messages like this growing up…what I always heard was that I was a worm dangling by a thread over the pit of hell.
    The “good news’ was that I could barely escape the fire if I did thus and such.
    Nobody bothered to tell me that I had already been reconciled to God in Christ…so I spent most of the rest of my life seeking that reconciliation as if it were out there if I behaved.
    The real gospel is what is written here…and it’s really good news…

  7. Em says:

    AMEN, Michael

  8. Em says:

    We are snowed in up here – I’ll try to curb my pontificating. 🙆

  9. bob1 says:

    The “good news’ was that I could barely escape the fire if I did thus and such.

    I think the church and to a lesser extent perhaps, the world is rediscovering grace. Kirsten Powers, a CNN writer, has just published a book on the topic.

    Philip Yancey’s new memoir parallels the journey I think many of us are on — from seeing God as a Divine Angry Finger-pointer to a God of abundant love, grace and mercy.

  10. Michael says:

    “But the free gift is not like the trespass. For if many died through one man’s trespass, much more have the grace of God and the free gift by the grace of that one man Jesus Christ abounded for many. And the free gift is not like the result of that one man’s sin. For the judgment following one trespass brought condemnation, but the free gift following many trespasses brought justification. For if, because of one man’s trespass, death reigned through that one man, much more will those who receive the abundance of grace and the free gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man Jesus Christ.”
    (Romans 5:15–17 ESV)

    This whole chapter is about what Jesus has already done…yet how many conversations here begin and end with sin as the primary focus?

    The sin issue has been handled…the focus should move to grace…

  11. Duane Arnold says:

    Michael

    Moralizing over sin (and everything else) allows for a supposed superiority over others… whoever the others might be…

  12. Em says:

    “The sin issue has been handled…the focus should move to grace…”

    WORTH REPEATING …. IMNSHO 🙂

  13. Duane Arnold says:

    “Theology is practical, especially now… If you do not listen to Theology that will not mean that you have no ideas about God. It will mean that you have a lot of wrong ones – bad, muddled, out-of-date ideas.”

    C S Lewis

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