Though this post talks about the Christian Bible, you don’t need to agree with the faith or the authenticity of the book to understand this post. It is my position that the Bible is THE greatest story ever written (regardless of if it’s factual or not).
This post is for my brothers and sisters in Christ (Christians). If that doesn’t interest you, feel free to move on with your daily browsing…
If you had to choose an attribute from the below list, which would you choose?
- Might (aka Power)
- Fear of the Lord
The bloody cross was the way a lost humanity could be reunited with a holy God.Jesus was scourged with a whip because our sins required punishment. He was executed upon a cross because our sins required atonement. He – the Son of God – was willing to provide it.
In doing so, he made a way for us to be restored to God.
…Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God— children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God. (John 1:11-13)
Isaiah 53:10-13 completes the prophetic passage that refers to Jesus: mentioning his death, resurrection and the relationship that is offered.
10 Yet it was the Lord’s will to crush him and cause him to suffer,
and though the Lord makes his life an offering for sin,
he will see his offspring and prolong his days,
and the will of the Lord will prosper in his hand.
11 After he has suffered,
he will see the light of life and be satisfied;
by his knowledge my righteous servant will justify many,
and he will bear their iniquities.
12 Therefore I will give him a portion among the great,
and he will divide the spoils with the strong,
because he poured out his life unto death,
and was numbered with the transgressors.
For he bore the sin of many,
and made intercession for the transgressors.
Here is my editing progress after the first chapter (+ prologue). The red line is the target and the green line is the actual.
I started with 3,500 words and have cut it down to just under 3,000 (15% reduction). I expect to re-write scene 2 of the prologue though so expect that to inflate; but so far so good.
I am trying to be brutal with my editing: deleting anything which does not progress the plot.
“They may offer to bring down the moon; it’s what they can deliver that is the salient point.” (deleted dialogue)
Unity in the Church
I am so grateful that in a time in our country where we’ve got more tension than we’ve had since the 1960s, I can come to a place like Life Church and I’m surrounded by people from varying backgrounds and different races and black worshiping next to white, worshiping next to Hispanic, and Mexican and native American and every other culture that is connected and the only colour that matters is red and it’s the blood of Jesus.
From LifeChurch, Going the Distance (week 1). John Gray