I received my Covid-19 vaccines with mixed emotions. Grateful for some form of protection while aware that absolute immunity is not guaranteed. Concerned about the possibility that I subjected myself to unnecessary risk, yet heartened by the prospect of mitigating it.
Leading a recent zoom book discussion on “When Life and Beliefs Collide: How Knowing God Makes a Difference” by Carolyn Custis James reminded me why I have given away and recommended this book more than any other.
Let me introduce my guest writer: a worker with my agency serving in the Balkans. She originally wrote this for her own newsletter, but it is so good I want to share it with my readers with her permission.
I love a good benediction. There is something about the blessing spoken over me that I appreciate. I feel prepared to go out and do what the Spirit has directed me to do. However, Jude doesn’t conclude his letter this way. He directs us upward toward God. Our appropriate and only response is a doxology—an expression of praise to God!
“How do I know the Bible is true? Is God real? Is Jesus really God? I think the morality standards in the Bible no longer apply today. God loves everyone, so he won’t send any to eternal torment. The Bible is a book of nice stories but not the foundation for truth so it doesn’t matter how I live my life.” Help for dealing with these questions and comments from my friends and loved ones can be found in Jude’s short New Testament letter.
As a missionary kid in Papua New Guinea, I loved to sit in the creek near our village home and play with the multi-colored rocks. While the rapids swirled around me, their roar drowning out my voice, I sang at the top of my lungs, “This world is not my home.” This song kept me grounded when I wasn’t sure where my home was, but I never recognized the importance of keeping heaven in my sights—until I studied Jude’s short letter.
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