The Will of God

Last week I wrote three sermons. The first was the sermon I was going to preach before we were asked not to do in person worship. The second was harder hitting. It was about something I knew would come, it was just a matter of time. At least as far as I have heard, I haven’t heard anyone say “Corona Virus is God’s vengeance on humanity because of _____________.” I haven’t heard those words, yet. Its coming and I have little doubt it will be soon. I pray I am wrong but know I am right.

What I have heard is, “Covit-19 is the will of God. I don’t buy it. Does God have the power to do this? Absolutely. Does God do this? I think its safe to say that in the Old Testament there are stories that show God’s vengeance in just such a way. The story Passover would be just one example.

I have heard people saying to paint around you door frame, everything I have seen is a wide variety of products to paint around your door and if you do that God will pass over your house. I’m sorry but I don’t buy it. First of all, there was a lot more that went into Passover than painting the door post. I have seen lot of things suggested to paint your doorway. The one thing I have not seen is the thing God instructed the Israelites to use, the blood of a lamb. If we are going back to these Old Testament stories, should we not get it right.

Do we find this story played out again? No, not in Scripture. It is talked about again. While I would agree that the story is important to Jews, then and now. But, as Christians, Jesus is the sacrifice that makes all the difference. We do not have to give animal sacrifice because of the Cross.

The Will of God is probably the best theology book I have ever read. There are several reasons why. It is short. The author makes his points and ends the book. It is written where real people, with a real vocabulary can understand it. The points are thought out. Even if you do not agree with the author, his simple and straight forward presentation will help make or break your arguments.

The Reverend Dr. Leslie Weatherhead was a mid-century British Theologian. He was a controversial figure and with the exception of this book, I disagree with much he has to say. Fortunately, I read this book before I read his other words. Had I read something else first, I may have never read The Will of God.

I would challenge you to get a copy of this book and read it. Once you have done so, sit and think and pray about what you understand to be, “The Will of God.”

May God bless you in the week to come.

Seeking the Genuine,
Keith

copyright 2020, J Keith Broyles, All Rights Reserved

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The Will of God

Published by drjkbroyles

I love Mike Ashcraft's book, "My One Word." For the past nine years I have participated and encouraged others to participate to in the "My One Word" Challenge. My first word was discipline was my word the first year. Since then my word has been focus, sight, jungle, peace, concentration, serve, genuine and this year is fit. I seek to be fit for my health, my family, my church, my ministries. I seek to be fit in any are of my life where God might point to me. I also have a nickname, "Dr. B." When I was a public high school teacher, Dr. B. is what most of my students called me, at least in my presence. I am still called that by many people though I no longer teach in public schools. I am the author of "Average Joe: With an Extraordinary Story" (available on Amazon). The book fits into the genre of "Biblical Fiction" or "Christian Fiction" and features some of the Bible's lesser known characters. The name of my blog is, "Fork in the Road." Life is filled with forks in the road. It isn't a matter of if we encounter a fork in the road, but when will we and how many will we experience in a lifetime. I love to strum my guitar. I am not a great guitar player but I enjoy it. I also enjoy writing music. I get excited with I feel a new song emerging. I live with my wife Cindy and our little dog, "Bishop" in Lufkin, Texas. I spent the past 30 years as a United Methodist pastor, serving churches all over east and southeast Texas, from just north of Tyler to south of Houston, from the Gulf Coast to east of Madisonville. I currently serve Perritte Memorial UMC in Nacogdoches. I spent one year in the classroom, teaching High School government, economics, psychology, and sociology. Cindy and I have been married for 43 years. We have two grown sons and six grandchildren, three boys and three girls. I enjoy preaching and all it's aspects from research to writing to the actual preaching event. I also love writing, reading. I have dabble in drawing and "painting" with pastels as well as woodworking and woodcarving. My current projects are two ukuleles. I collect, repair and restore guitars too. I play the guitar (badly, but I still do) I also enjoy working with paracord on various projects, mostly prayer ropes I usually give away. I hold an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Business Data Processing, from San Jacinto College in Pasadena, TX, a Bachelor of Science in Political Science with a minor in History from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, TX, a Master of Divinity from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX and a Doctor of Ministry from Carolina University of Theology. This blog started out as devotional writings. In August of 2020, I made a major change to the blog, switching to a daily theme format. Sunday Sermon-usually my manuscript sermon Miscellaneous Monday-misc. writing, poetry, ministry Tuesday Thoughts-Devotion Wed. with Wesleys-hist. & theol. of early Methodists TED Talk Thursday-Video & appl. in current theology Five for Friday-5 things I've seen & my thoughts Sing-Along Sat. - Usually a new song I have written I write, "Strumming a G-Chord with Dr.B." to get my thoughts onto something permanent. After all, they say, once something is on the internet it never really goes away. Still, I hope you enjoy reading it. Who knows, it might generate a bit of discussion between you and me and anyone else who might make their way here. Seeking the Genuine, Keith Lufkin, Texas August 2020

2 thoughts on “The Will of God

  1. Thank you for the “Will of God” message. I will try to get the book ASAP. It was so good to see Cindy last week even though it was at the pharmacy.

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