Sunday, June 22, 2008

Portrait of the Bride

"All those praying grandparents. All those students, whose worship we judge and whose faith we mistrust, but whose hearts really believe. All those people, working in the benevolence kitchen at church, planning the worship, leading Bible studies, taking care of the kids, struggling, learning, singing, questioning, yet all saved by Jesus. All those pastors, struggling each week to wake their congregations up. Members of reformed communities, reading Spurgeon. Charismatics, doing the Pew Olympics. The little church on the corner, which is a mess because members are fighting, and yet where this Sunday someone will get saved anyway. Jesus-believing EC types, lighting candles and chanting. People underground in China, running for their lives in Nigeria, hiding in Saudi Arabia. Christians everywhere, praying, singing, worshipping, serving, messing up, getting right, building the Kingdom. Even the church here in America, with all its problems.

The Bride is beautiful. At least I think so."*

"Fine linen, bright and clean, was given her to wear. (Fine linen stands for the righteous acts of the saints.)"-Revelation 19:8

Thanks, once again, to Jared at The Thinklings

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