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Many young people in America view the modern church as judgmental, insensitive, and hypocritical. The popular perception of Christians is a finger-wagging crowd that believes discipleship involves following rules and castigating people for breaking them. Our text today tells us that this perception is nothing new. The beliefs of missionaries...
Merciful God, may we love our sisters and brothers in Christ to the extent that we are willing to restore them to you when they fall. And grant us the wisdom and compassion to do so in a spirit of gentleness. Amen.
I could not have found The Upper Room Moments of Prayer (on Facebook Live) sooner. For it is during these moments of centering spiritual practices, meditating on the words of scripture, praying with and for the world, that I find moments of transcendence, hear whispers of peace and hope, see glimpses of truth and justice, behold visions of love and beauty amid all the stark realities that are around me.”