My grandfather was a pony riding, “hellfire and brimstone” minister, saved after a vision from hell, following extended revelry. My mother raised on this continual scaring, never managed to shake her fear. Even into her 9th decade, she struggled with the love of God.
And that is why this morning’s reading touched me, continuing my quest (reading from the 30’s & 40’s) with excerpts from Oswald Chambers, directed to Christian workers, also relevant to fellow pilgrims.
“For the time is come that judgement must begin in the house of God”
(I Peter 4:17)
“When we preach we are not proclaiming how man can be saved from hell and be made moral and pure; we are conveying good news about God.” “Experience is only a gateway by which salvation comes into our conscious life… preach the great thought of God behind.”
Jesus came to spread “the sign of God’s love.” As truth is presented, “the Spirt of God locates each one to Himself.”
May you, like me, also be encouraged to dissolve your fears, worries, and qualms in the loving arms of our Heavenly Father.
My Utmost for His Highest (Oswald Chambers, 1935)
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