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January 26, 2009

Reflection for the Week- January 26th 2009

Oh God, we ask that you release us from the sin that enslaves and holds us captive to a woeful daily death. Teach us the cadence of truth and life so that we might serve you responsibly and in love. Mark us with your Spirit and show us the way to missionally, authentically, and effectively testify to your love as expressed in the Lordship of Christ over the whole of life.

Dr. Gregory J. Laughery

 

January 19, 2009

Reflection for the Week- January 19th 2009

Christian love in action is powerful and life-changing, but almost entirely absent in many Christian contexts. Let’s face it. We are in desperate need of deep spiritual renewal. If we are to have a hand in reversing spiritual impoverishment today it is essential to realize that there are no simple formulas, no superficial solutions, and no trite answers. Rather, we should be aiming for something like this. Through the power of the Spirit, we are to exemplify an informed, holistic, interactive, interpretive, theological, and redemptive spirituality that is lived in community with God. Christ’s love is to flow through us and then out of us to each other, our neighbors, our enemies, all people, and the whole of creation. When this starts to happen – watch out, for God is on the move and reversal is at hand.

Dr. Gregory J. Laughery

January 12, 2009

Reflection for the Week- January 12th 2009

The consumer church has adopted a new trinity of culture, experience, and feeling as its primary authority. This is a cadence we don't want to follow. Tangled webs of interconnection with these three run so deep that Christians find themselves trapped in and saturated by that with is not of God. Sapped of resistance to the banal and overwrought by appearances, Divine meaning begins to dissipate, and Christian truth and faith become irrelevant to the church and the watching world. It’s time for this to change and take a new direction. A return to Scripture and the art of reading it will open up possibilities for breaking away from the former empty indulgences and beginning anew.

Dr. Gregory J. Laughery

January 05, 2009

Reflection for the Week- January 5th 2009

Christian parents all too often provide an atmosphere of inauthenticity and legalism which, among other things, results in a failure to align saying and doing. Children see this incongruity and because of it end up rejecting the faith that it is supposedly based on. When a more real expression of Christ comes their way, instead of finding their observations reinforced, they discover that they are challenged. Good! This frequently leads to a renewed faith and an authentic embrace of Christianity that parents unfortunately reject because it is not their own. Not good! If you’re a parent reading this – be open to a reformulated faith in Christ on behalf of your children. If you’re a child reading this – don’t give up on pursing a true faith or in the hope that your parents will become more open to where you stand as a Christian.

Dr. Gregory J. Laughery