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Ulladulla Festival 2011

October 31st, 2011
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Apology for break

October 31st, 2011
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Because of computer problems the Message for the Day has had a break of several days. Hopefully all is well.

Thanks for your patience.

Message for the Day

God’s Justice (1)

October 31st, 2011
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Scripture of the Day: Colossians 3:5-6

5 Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry. 6 Because of these, the wrath of God is coming.(NIV)

The relationship of our knowledge of God with the sin question becomes very important for us. Are we dealing with an angry God who has to be appeased by the sacrifice of his Son and who actually hates sinners? Or do we focus God’s unconditional love when he sends his Son to bring us home, because he loves us while we are sinners? People can argue from scripture for both of these views.

How do we bring together what appears to be at the second coming a vengeful God who is going to give mankind its just desserts and vindicate his oppressed people who are cheering on the sidelines because all the sinners who didn’t listen are going to be punished; with the lamb who was slain for all the sins of the world coming back as a merciful judge to bring the whole creation into the liberty of the sons of God. Again people argue from scripture for both views.

We don’t have to have all the answers which really belong to God. We are not to select only those scriptures that we like but to somehow – even if unable to coherently bring it all together – we are to listen, to treat all scripture seriously, even those which seem to us to be in tension between two opposite polarities. Sometimes God’s wrath and God’s love are seen as opposites. Can God’s wrath be included in his love?

I would like to divide this series into two halves. The first half we will deal with the significance of being made in God’s image. I think this is vital in understanding how God sees his purpose for us and helps to explain his response to our distortions of that image. I plan to use a section of Mike Feazell’s interview with Cherith Fee Nordling.

In the second half we look at how God’s mercy responds to the human condition.

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