THE EIGHTEENTH-CENTURY REFORMER Martin Luther said that the gospel comes to us in the form of promise: God has acted and will act to save us. The God of the Bible is a promise-making, promise-keeping God. …
When we forget that God relates to us on the basis of gracious promise, we may be tempted to turn our relationship to God into an if-then relationship. If I am good, then God will love me; if I study my Bible, then God will listen to me; if I tithe, then God will bless me; if I serve the poor, then God will reward me.
Whenever we take this approach, we are reshaping the gospel. … God’s promise of salvation never comes as a response but as a free, unconditional gift.
– L. Roger Owens
Belonging to the Truth, e-book from Disciplines 2015
“From page 335 of The Upper Room Disciplines 2015: A Book of Daily Devotions.” The readings for the week of November 16-22, written by L. Roger Owens, are titled “Belonging to the Truth” and are available as an e-book for Kindle or in EPUB format for other e-readers. Copyright © 2014 by Upper Room Books. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Upper Room Books.
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How do you experience God relating to you and to others out of gracious promise? Share your thoughts.
Then Jesus asked him, “Do you see these great buildings? Not one stone will be left here upon another; all will be thrown down.”
Mark 13:2, NRSV
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This week we remember: Gertrude the Great of Helfta (November 16).
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