Everyone knows John 3:16: "For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so
that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life."
Here in chapter 3 of the gospel of John, Jesus tells us what we need to do to inherit
everlasting life: We need to believe in him -- which means more than just to agree that he
exists. Jesus invites us to have an actual relationship with him, a relationship
such as we might have with one of our closest friends. He invites us to walk with him and
talk with him each day.
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I have just recently returned from an out-of-town trip, and as I read our selected passages for this week, I find myself reminded of the days leading up to that trip. With a few exceptions, most of the traveling that you and I do is known in advance and planned. And therefore the days leading up to our departure are filled with deliberate preparations.
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2 Kings 2:1-2, 6-14 In an economy like ours that values flexibility, experience and loyalty matter less and less (Alan Wolfe, Moral Freedom: The Search for Virtue in World of Choice, pp.23ff .). The loyalty to legacy is what this story of Elijah and Elisha’s loyalty to the former’s prophetic legacy is all about.
Faith involves this kind of loyalty to roots. What Pope Paul VI once said about the liturgy could be applied to Christian life in general:
I think that we are in a battle for the soul of the church. I'm not just talking about my Presbyterian denomination, although it certainly has its problems. I'm suggesting that we are in a battle for the soul of the whole church in our time.