Resource Guide for the week of January 29

... We must beware of any expression of the Christian life which pushes the lordship of Jesus to the sidelines or reduces Him to a “charm” given to help us feel good. We must not be like the proverbial man who said, “I would like to buy $3.00 worth of God please.  Not enough to explode my soul or disturb my sleep.  But just enough to equal a cup of warm milk or a snooze in the sunshine.  I don't want enough to make me love a black man or eat lunch with the homeless. I want ecstasy not transformation; I want the warmth of the womb, not a new birth.  I want a pound of the eternal in a paper sack. I would like to buy $3.00 worth of God please.” On the contrary— we are not our own; we that have been bought—we owe Him (1 Corinthians 6.20). As Pastor Vince observed a few weeks ago: if salvation is an expression of God’s grace, ethics is an expression of our gratitude.

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