God is willing to suffer

Dear Lenten Pilgrims,

Nietzsche was quite clear in thinking that Christian morality was utterly dependent upon the notion that God is willing to suffer. Take away the idea of the crucified, suffering God and one has lost the whole basis for Christian love of enemy and humble service to others: 

      “When one gives up Christian belief one thereby deprives oneself of the right to Christian morality…Christianity is a system, a consistently thought out and complete view of things. If one breaks out of it a fundamental idea, the belief in God, one thereby breaks the whole thing to pieces: one has nothing of any consequence left in ones hands…Christian morality is a command: its origin is transcendental…it possesses truth only if God is truth – it stands or falls with the belief in God.” (Frederick Nietzsche, Twilight of the Idols, “Expeditions of an Untimely Man”)

For further reflection see: 

  • Genesis 17:1-17,15,16
  • Psalm 22
  • Romans 4:13-25
  • Mark 8:31-38

 Prayers: For all who suffer, that all suffering might lead to greater service and love of enemy.

*Please consider going to the Third Thursday After School Program with GGCC’s mission partner Open Door tomorrow, see the church website for details or contact Diana Dietvorst or Claudia Larson.*

And, we'll be looking for you tonight at the Lent Midweek Supper & Worship. 6:00 - 7:30 pm at Great Beginnings. It'll be a pizza supper. 

Though humans fell asleep in Christs time of greatest need in the Garden of Gethsemane https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2QW2Wh1OZBA

Jesus remains alive and alert by our side when we suffer. 

Still in One Peace,

Pastor David J. Jensen

Join us in praying the Daily Texts.

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