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The Process of Living

Looking backRemember my friend Argy?  (I referenced him a couple of posts ago – you can find that blog post here.)

Upon finding her was terminally ill with cancer, he said:   “I am not afraid of being dead–but I am afraid of the process of dying.”

I thought for a moment, then said:  “Argy, instead of being in a process of dying, why not be in the process of living?  Why not choose today to live until you die, rather than choosing to die until you are dead?”

Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up.

 When the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?

The process of dying is restrictive.  The process of living is expansive.

The process of dying prompts us to conserve.  The process of living prompts us to give.

The process of dying causes us to look back at what has been.  The process of living causes us to look forward toward what is yet to be.

The process of dying holds us back and ties of down.  The process of living pushing us forward and sets us free.

The process of dying causes us to whine toward, complain to, and pester God.  The process of living inspires us to place our confidence in God and face each new moment as a wonderful gift filled with great opportunity.

The process of dying is a process of giving up.  The process of living is a process of abiding faith.

Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up.

When the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?

“Argy, instead of being in a process of dying, why not be in the process of living?  Why not choose today to live until you die, rather than choosing to die until you are dead?”

That’s God’s word to each of us today.  We can choose today to face each day as though we are dying…or we can choose to face each day as though we are living.

We can choose to be persistent people of faith – a persistent congregation of faith.

Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up.

 When the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?

 

The Mediation of Christ
by: Thomas Forsyth Torrance
publisher: Helmers & Howard Publishers, published: 1992-07-01
ASIN: 0939443503
EAN: 9780939443505
sales rank: 309469
price: $13.30 (new), $8.48 (used)

In “The Mediation of Christ,” Thomas F. Torrance (Professor Emeritus of Christian Dogmatics at the University of Edinburgh) sets forth a devotional theology of the atoning work of Christ in: the mediation of revelation, the mediation of reconciliation, the person of the mediator, the mediation of Christ in our human response, and the atonement and the Holy Trinity. This important 2nd edition adds a foreword addressing the reality of unconditional grace in relation to “the integrity of the response we are called to make in repentance for sin and in acceptance of Jesus Christ as our personal Savior.” Also added to this edition is a new final chapter, which further addresses the centrality of the Trinity in the atonement.

 

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