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Church of the Faithful Centurion
Rev Jack is
currently traveling back from Detachment One - Okinawa; thus there is a sermon
sermon ties the Collect, Epistle and Gospel together and is partly contained in
the forewords above.
We are in the Easter Season which consists of Easter
and the following four Sundays, until we get to Rogation Sunday. This is a time we should work on
centering our lives on the central figure in our religion, Jesus Christ.
Consider these words from the
showest to them that are in error the light of thy truth, to the intent that
they may return into the way of righteousness; Grant unto all those who are
admitted into the fellowship of Christ’s Religion, that they may avoid those
things that are contrary to their profession, and follow all such things as are
agreeable to the same…
God, our God, the only God, is a
Triune God; that is Three Persons in One.
Not three gods, but One God, with three aspects. Three Persons, one God. Somewhat confusing, do you think? This
is truly, no matter what “the learned” say something we do not understand, yet
must accept on faith. When we get
to heaven, we will be shown the fullness of that concept, but in the mean time,
we must just take it on faith and deal with the reality of it. In this case, the God who will show us
our errors is the Holy Ghost, that Third God Guy, the one who brings:
Thus, it is through the actions
of the Holy Ghost in our hearts, minds and souls that we are lead to see the
errors of our own performance.
What are errors? They are
when our actions fall short of God’s Plan for us. Thus, we also need the operation of the Holy Ghost in our
hearts, souls and minds that we might truly understand what God wants us to do. So where do we find that
information? Scripture! God has given us Scripture; and what is
Scripture? God’s instructions for
us – Yes! And, another fancy word,
kind of fancy at least, for the Bible.
The Original Book! Consider what is contained in the Collect for the
Second Sunday in Advent:
LESSED Lord, who hast caused all holy Scriptures to be written for
our learning; Grant that we may in such wise hear them, read, mark, learn, and
inwardly digest them, that by patience and comfort of thy holy Word, we may
embrace, and ever hold fast, the blessed hope of everlasting life, which thou
hast given us in our Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.
This is not Scripture, do not
be confused, it is a prayer that we might study Scripture giving illumination
to the need to gain knowledge from The Word and act on said knowledge. For knowledge without action is
worthless, actually probably worse than worthless.
Today’s Collect goes on to ask
that we be lead by the Holy Ghost to avoid those things God warns against and
like, value and follow those He has set for us to do so.
That pretty much brings us to
Saint Peter’s point in his first General Epistle when he tells us to avoid
those things that are bad for us, which he refers to as fleshly lusts, and to
live our lives as God has directed.
If we do this, our actions will be good. If our actions are good, those around us, believers and
non-believers alike, will be motivated or inspired by our example.
In a prime example of why good
Christians make good citizens of a God oriented country, Peter tells us to
follow civil law.
This, of course,
does not mean to follow civil law where it is diametrically opposed to the Law
of God, but a country whose laws draw their authority from God
should not have laws diametrically opposed to the Law of God, should it?
Peter goes on to tell us we are
free from the Mosaic Laws, but not from Christ’s Summary of the Law:
Hear what our Lord Jesus Christ
HOU shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all
thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And
the second is like unto it; Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these
two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets. (BCP Page 69)
We are not to use our so-called
freedom to do evil, but rather to follow God’s design for us. One of the keys to attaining a better,
for it will never be good, performance here on earth is teamwork. We need to find other followers of the
Lord and work together with them.
So, look around, find Christians with whom you can associate and come
together to work for the Lord. Mutual
Support is a concept that has applicability in many places, none more important
than in our battle with the Devil for our souls.
While Paul wrote almost half
the Books of the Bible, John wrote some very very important portions for our
Some of what he
writes might seem little more that historical narrative, but in it is much of
upon which we rely.
In the case of
John 16:16 and on, Jesus is talking to the disciples before His arrest, trial,
crucifixion, earthly death and resurrection.
He is preparing the disciples for what is to come.
His death on the Cross would be great
sorrow for His followers, yet great joy for those who follow the Prince of
Darkness, whose religion was their earthly success, the religious rulers of the
area and their toadies.
days later, the tables would turn.
The disciples would be filled with joy at the delivery of the promise of
life eternal, the followers of the Prince of Darkness, not so much.
Like the woman who passes
through the pain of childbirth into the joy of her newborn baby, when we pass
through the pain of this earth, we gain the joy of heaven. When we make it to heaven, all the pain
of this vale of tears is left behind.
But, now we are not in heaven,
we are here on earth, a place where we must act, not just talk or think. ACT!
The time is now, not tomorrow. The time has come, indeed. How will you ACT?
It is by our actions we are known.
Be of God - Live of God - Act of God
As we go off on our
business, please recall this quote from GK Chesterton:
“Christianity has not been
tried and found wanting;
it has been found difficult and