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Milton Stanley

Amen, Dory. Keeping our eyes on Christ and walking in the light; that's the key. The trick is communicating that to those still hung up with the imperfect vessels representing Christ to them, isn't it?


This is a beautiful post Dory, but also a stark reminder to Pastors like myself, that LOVE begins at home. Thank you for this.

Rodney Olsen

As someone working in Christian ministry myself (not as a pastor) I am constantly hoping and praying that my life will draw my children towards Christ rather than pushing them away.

I realised, even before we had children, that my greatest minsitry will always be to my family. Living out that knowledge isn't always easy but it is essential.

JD Wetterling

Beautiful piece, Dory. Fits perfectly with a G.K. Chesterton quote a friend just sent along.

"Very few people in the world would care to listen to the real defense of their own characters. The real defense, the defense which belongs to the Day of Judgment, would make such damaging admissions, would clear away so many artificial virtues, would tell such tragedies of weakness and failure, that a man would sooner be misunderstood and censured by the world than exposed to that awful and merciless eulogy."

-- G.K. Chesterton

William Meisheid

Yes, we are all sinners and we cause a lot of people to stub their toes over the course of our life, for which we will be rightfully judged, though forgiven in Christ.

Having said that, not one soul, not one, will be lost due to any sin of any man or woman.

>after they realize they have been taken, reject him and all Christianity forever?

Not one that would not have rejected it otherwise. As Jesus said, "I didn't come from heaven to do what I want! I came to do what the Father wants me to do. He sent me, and he wants to make certain that none of the ones he has given me will be lost. Instead, he wants me to raise them to life on the last day." John 6:38-39

And he will, in spite of our sins and failures, for he is the author and finisher of our faith.


William, I agree with you that God will save all His own and no one can snatch them out of His hand. What comfort! Yet, I hope that God will give me good works to walk in that will call His own to Himself rather than use my shortcomings to give others a reason to scorn His name.

All to His glory!


I like your comments. We just had a special speaker at First Assembly this past week - Bob Tacket. One of his sermons was, "Be a good dog for God". It was a great sermon.

Milton Stanley

Dory, I'll be writing about your post at my blog Sunday or Monday. Peace.

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