First Presbyterian Church

First Presbyterian Church
221 North Main Street
Belvidere, IL 61008

Friday, June 8, 2012

Script #77


First, a big "Thank You!" to everyone praying and participating in this year's VBS which kicks off on Sunday at 6:00 p.m.

Second, lots of people have asked about "the unforgivable sin" and we are going to explore what Jesus said about that on Sunday at 7:30 and 10:00 a.m.

Third, June 10 begins the next chapter of our exciting life and ministry together through and for Jesus with thanks for the watershed moments of the preceding weeks of confirmation and dedication.

Fourth, I ask your prayers for calm clarity as I preach next Tuesday at our stated meeting of Blackhawk Presbytery.  The text is Matthew 23 and message seems to be about moving beyond darkly inspired pride, separation, and segregation to true peace, unity, and purity through and for Jesus.

Finally, I am convinced the greatest impractical sin exposing a lack of intimacy with Jesus is pride.  It's listed among the deadliest of sins because it is so close to the problem of Matthew 12:31-32.  It murders relationships with Him and His.  Indeed, it exposes complicity with that warning.  Pride is when we have the audacity to claim to know more than God has revealed in Jesus and the Bible; and it plays out when we pretend to know more than anyone else about anything and can't bring ourselves to forgive people who have hurt us and ask forgiveness from people who have been hurt by us.

Pride really exposes itself when we enable it in others as well as ourselves. 

Let me put it another way.

Jesus said, "I will build My Church and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it."

In other words, a prideful person thinks the world, country, state, community, denomination, or even local church just can't get along without her/him.  What pride!  While our Lord wants us to be a part of it/Him, He will always provide reinforcements for the remnant because His Church is not dependent upon anyone or anything but Him and those who know it/Him.

Or something like that.

Anyway, the point is we are all invited to use what He has given to us to honor Him and help His.

Anything/anyone else or less than Him is really, uh, unforgivable.

Blessings and Love!

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