Minister’s Note 27 January 2019

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we who are many are one body, for we all partake of the one bread (1 Co 10:17).

I’ve often quoted these wonderful words of Dallas Willard about God: “Undoubtedly he is the most joyous being in the universe“. Now that’s a truth worth quietly pondering as we prepare for worship!

But God can also be grieved. Scripture commands “do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with which you were marked with a seal for the day of redemption. Put away from you all bitterness and wrath and anger and wrangling and slander, together with all malice” (Eph. 4:30-31).

When we speak, act and think toward one another with bitterness, anger, slander and malice we grieve the most joyous person in the universe! That’s also a truth worth quietly pondering as we prepare for worship.

Nastiness grieves the Spirit because “we were all baptized by one Spirit so as to form one body—whether Jews or Gentiles, slave or free—and we were all given the one Spirit to drink” (1 Cor. 12:13).

It is indeed a sad testimony to the hardness of our hearts if the Church today (including DMC) can read these words without falling to our knees with grief-stricken sorrow.

Lord have mercy.
Christ have mercy.
Lord have mercy.

God bless,