For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all, training us to renounce impiety and worldly passions, and in the present age to live lives that are self-controlled, upright, and godly, while we wait for the blessed hope and the manifestation of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ. He it is who gave himself for us that he might redeem us from all iniquity and purify for himself a people of his own who are zealous for good deeds.
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I sat across a dining room table from a man who had a doctorate in economics. He understood the way the world works in complexities that I could never fully understand. Throughout the conversation, he made point after point that was irrefutable in its facts and logic and common sense. One of the main principles of economics is that people operate out of their own self-interest. And my theologically-wired brain said, "Yes, there it is....the truth" Unfortunately it is the truth about sin - we all act out our own self-interest. I wanted to listen to his great economic knowledge for an answer for poverty, but what I heard was the reason we have so much trouble making poverty go away. When I asked in frustration, "What, then could we do for the poor?" The doctor of economics shrugged and said "You would have to convince alot of people that it was in their best self-interest to make themselves more poor. " It is not the way the world works. But the world is about to turn. Get ready.
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In the face of all evidence to the contrary, we reject the way the world works and trust in your care for our impoverished souls. Amen.
ELOGOS Author's Note: This past year, there were a few times more than usual that I thought about giving up writing ELOGOS. As the poet said, "the world was too much with me." But it has been the discipline of going to the well of the Word, that I have tasted anew the water of life. I pray that the disciplines that our Lord taught us of worship, prayer, scripture reading, fellowship with others, giving of our resources flows through you for the sake of other. In that way, we stay as close to Christ as we are able until the Kingdom is fully here. Until then, we press on together. I will take a break from ELOGOS temporarily until after the first of the year. God's Peace and a blessed Christmas to you all. Pastor Deb Grant.