Friday, March 27, 2009

Elect Exiles

Many Christians are wearing wide-eyed expressions these days. It is the expression of a dawning realization, a rather unsettling realization, that our society is doing an amazingly thorough and effective job of walling Christianity out of its territory. Oh yes, individual Christians are allowed within the walls, but only if they pay taxes to finance the building project, so to speak. The fortress wall is built with immense stones of pagan ideology and it is cemented with the bonds of social practices and institutions. Not since the days of the church fathers has Western Christianity had such outsider status.

So how should we live?

We will look into the Word of God and allow it to be a lamp to our feet and a light to our path. We face increasingly dark days, but we have a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ. He will have the dominion forever and ever!

Songs
To God Be the Glory (#16)
Give to Our God Immortal Praise (#53)
Fairest Lord Jesus (#21)
O Sacred Head Now Wounded (#139)
Before the Throne of God Above (#177)
He Who Would Valiant Be (#507)

Scripture Reading
The Lord is in His holy temple - Habakkuk 1-2

Sermon
Elect Exiles of the Dispersion: Who Are We and How Should We Live in Our Day? - 1 Peter 1:1

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