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Following Jesus Together - September 17, 2021

Dear Friends,

Due to leaving for Presbytery this week, I’m a bit behind on my email. This Sunday we are finishing Peter – commanding us to humble ourselves. I leave you with some good meditations on pride from other Christians in the last century:

Dorothy Sayers: 
“But the head and origin of all sin is the basic sin of Superbia or Pride. In one way there is so much to say about Pride that one might speak of it for a week and not have done. Yet in another way, all there is to be said about it can be said in a single sentence. It is the sin of trying to be as God. It is the sin which proclaims that Man can produce out of his own wits, and his own impulses and his own imagination the standards by which he lives: that Man is fitted to be his own judge. It is Pride which turns man’s virtues into deadly sins, by causing each self-sufficient virtue to issue in its own opposite, and as a grotesque and horrible travesty of itself…

From an article on Humility written for missionaries – 
“With support from texts such as Isaiah 14:12–20, theologians have generally agreed that the mother of all sins—Lucifer’s folly—is pride. We human beings have proven sadly receptive to the Great Deceiver’s DNA. Pride of race, nation, clan, religion, profession, and accomplishment flourish in the fertile soil of individual and collective egocentrism. Perhaps, as Sayers suggested and as Jesus’ encounters with the professionally pious of his day proved, it is especially the prestigiously pious among us who reveal pride’s most hideously debilitating malformities….Whatever the thrust of Christian missionary labors—whether incarnation among Muslims or disembodied voices over the airwaves—genuine humility is not only appropriate but essential (Mark 10:41–45). Mission, in line with the wise counsel of the late David Bosch, is a life of adventure that requires bold humility.”

Speaking of bold humility on the part of Jesus followers – there are Americans who do not want to leave Afghanistan – Check this article out - https://www.jenoshman.com/jen-oshman-blog/2021/9/12/the-americans-who-dont-want-to-leave-afghanistan

C.S. Lewis: Today I come to that part of Christian morals where they differ most sharply from all other morals. There is one vice of which no man in the world is free; which every one in the world loathes when he sees it in someone else; and of which hardly any people, except Christians, ever imagine that they are guilty themselves…the vice I am talking about is Pride or self-conceit…

For Pride is spiritual cancer: it eats up the very possibility of love, or contentment, or even common sense.”

The alternative of course is the gospel – summarized by the ego crushing statement from the Heidelberg Catechism question 1 – “That I am not my own, but belong body and soul, both in life and in death, to my faithful Savior Jesus Christ. He has fully paid for all my sins with his precious blood, and has set me free from all the power of the devil. He also preserves me in such a way that without the will of my heavenly Father not a hair can fall from my head; indeed, all things must work together for my salvation. 

Therefore, by his Holy Spirit he also assures me of eternal life and makes me heartily willing and ready from now on to live for him.”

See you Sunday! 

              Sunday School at 9:00am
              Worship at 10:15am 

Grace and peace,
Nate

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