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Make America Great Again…

Joel 2:12-13 (NLT)

“That is why the LORD says, ‘Turn to me now, while there is time. Give me your hearts. Come with fasting, weeping, and mourning. Don’t tear your clothing in your grief, but tear your hearts instead.’

Return to the LORD your God, for he is merciful and compassionately, slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love. He is eager to relent and not punish.”

 

"So...Jesus is hanging out with His disciples for a couple of years, and then tells them one day, 'I'll be leaving you, and it's better for you that I leave.' His disciples are like, 'Why is that better'? He tells them that when He leaves, He'll send the Holy Spirit who will instruct you in all things. The idea was that an infantile, immature faith needs the physical presence of Jesus in order to function, whereas mature faith relies on the Holy Spirit so that, thru the Spirit, we see God in all things. What we have in America right now is an infantile evangelical movement, where we want God explicitly visible on everything...on the back of my car, on my radio station, in the movie theater, on my t-shirt, in my kid's school, and everywhere else in the public eye. So we panic when we see our society intent on stripping those things away. We need to graduate to a more mature faith, where we're not relying on all of these external things to be assured of God's presence, but on the Holy Spirit who reveals God in our everyday lives."
~ Skye Jethani
"No church can truly be the church if its pastor or congregation are unwilling to speak hard truths to each other and to themselves. To think of the pastorate as primarily a helping profession, and the church as only a therapeutic community whose main goal is to make us feel better about ourselves... ...instead of giving people what they actually need to be healthy... ...is a betrayal of the gospel and the church's mission."
~ Ron Dreher