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  • The Forgiveness of Sins (Apostles' Creed, Pt. 11) | Anne Robertson
    do penance that is the priest will tell you what good works you must do to balance out the sin you have committed In the Roman Catholic system of belief you participate in your forgiveness by working off your sins in a way In Protestant thought however it looks different We believe that God s forgiveness is a free gift of love we don t need to pay for it or activate it in some way by what we do We believe that good works will naturally follow forgiveness for two reasons First as an outpouring of gratitude for the gift we have received and secondly because if we are truly sorry for what we have done we will actively try to be better the next time around Now in one sense the Roman Catholic tradition may well be more suited to human nature At least in American culture gratitude is in short supply We who have more than most of the world can even imagine spend most of our time in prayer asking God for things and precious little time thanking God for what we have been given When my sister in law got back from two months in Zambia a few weeks ago she said that the most noticeable cultural difference was that in Zambia there was no whining There was 50 unemployment most locations were only accessible by foot and a third of the women were HIV positive but she said there was no whining No complaining They just went about their business grateful for what they did have at any given moment Now in defense of the Roman Catholic system I think there are many of us that could be well served by responding to the news of our forgiveness with saying the Lord s Prayer 50 times It might help us in the gratitude department But I disagree with the notion that God requires such action in order to forgive Forgiveness is an act of love and love is not love unless it is freely given from the heart To pay for it with our works takes away the gift and makes it an earned wage It is no wonder that in the medieval church the notion of penance came to exactly that sort of abuse so that people were literally encouraged to pay for forgiveness for themselves and their loved ones Such money built St Peter s in Rome and such abuses finally pushed the monk Martin Luther to the place of splitting with his church and beginning the Protestant Reformation We are not trying to say that our works don t matter The only actual judgment criteria taught by Jesus is in Matthew 25 where the people are judged on whether or not they fed the hungry clothed the naked and visited those sick and in prison Works matter But we believe that those good works are only truly good when done as a grateful response to God s free gifts to us

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  • The Catholic Spirit | Anne Robertson
    words Wesley wants to say that every human being holds some opinions that are true and some that are mistaken We just have no way of knowing which is which so when we are confronted with someone else s different opinion we should always be open to the fact that this might be one of those times when we are mistaken We need to have humility when it comes to expressing our opinions and listening to the opinions of others Listen to how Wesley ends this section Every one of us who is wise therefore will allow others the same liberty of thinking which we desire they should allow us and will no more insist on their embracing our opinions than we would have them to insist on our embracing theirs We bear with those who differ from us and only ask those with whom we desire to unite in love that single question Is thine heart right as my heart is with they heart p 302 Way too often we hear a differing opinion as an insult We wonder how a Republican and a Democrat can ever live in the same household and we lose friendships because we think that a friend who does not always agree with our opinions is somehow unfaithful to us Real friendship means you love each other even though there are areas where you strongly disagree If you shut down the differing opinions of your friends or insist that they agree with you you will not have any real friends Being of the same heart doesn t have to mean being of the same mind It will not be a surprise to you that Wesley spends a good chunk of this sermon explaining that having the same heart also has nothing to do with having the same style of worship Even back in Wesley s day in the 1700 s this was an issue He says As long as there are various opinions there will be various ways of worshipping God seeing a variety of opinion necessarily implies a variety of practice And as in all ages people have differed in nothing more than in their opinions concerning the Supreme Being so in nothing have they more differed from each other than in the manner of worshipping God Amen and amen There are some very wise things that Wesley brings to this subject not the least of which is to point out that if there is no room for disagreement about the style of worship and the doctrines of the church we have the perfect prescription for tyranny The church as well as individuals needs to approach her business with humility recognizing that like individuals the church can go very far astray even into sin as we are so well aware of today Again he does not want to say that it we shouldn t hold strong opinions about such things and know what we ourselves like and don t like But he also

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  • Hebrews | Anne Robertson
    to David The King Repents Kings Job Why Be Good Psalms Become Thanksgiving Lamentations Where is the Hope Ezekiel Can These Bones Live The Repentance of Believers Where Are The Shepherds Jonah A Big Fish Story Apostles Creed Sermons Matthew Booking Passage By Their Fruit Don t Go Back the Way You Came Epiphany Get Out of the Boat Guard Your Heart Is God Fair Jesus The Son Mount of Olives Sealed in the Tomb Temptations The Canaanite Woman Mark Blind Bartimaeus Clearing the Temple Eating With Sinners I Believe The Living Christ Whatever It Takes Luke Conceived By the Spirit Counting the Cost Going Out of Your Mind Mother of God Mt of Transfiguration Revealed Rock Concert The Duty of Constant Communion The Shepherd Channel The Shepherd Channel Transformation in Whoville Ups and Downs Who s In Charge John Immigration This Must Be the Place Wade in the Water Water Into Wine Lazarus Come Out Stay in the Machine Where are the Shepherds While It Was Still Dark Acts God s Cleansing Love Holy Spirit Sharing the Load Singing In Prison Romans Apart From the Law Maker of Heaven and Earth Tower of Love Who s the Judge 1

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  • Other | Anne Robertson
    God Lens The Gospel According to David The King Repents Kings Job Why Be Good Psalms Become Thanksgiving Lamentations Where is the Hope Ezekiel Can These Bones Live The Repentance of Believers Where Are The Shepherds Jonah A Big Fish Story Apostles Creed Sermons Matthew Booking Passage By Their Fruit Don t Go Back the Way You Came Epiphany Get Out of the Boat Guard Your Heart Is God Fair Jesus The Son Mount of Olives Sealed in the Tomb Temptations The Canaanite Woman Mark Blind Bartimaeus Clearing the Temple Eating With Sinners I Believe The Living Christ Whatever It Takes Luke Conceived By the Spirit Counting the Cost Going Out of Your Mind Mother of God Mt of Transfiguration Revealed Rock Concert The Duty of Constant Communion The Shepherd Channel The Shepherd Channel Transformation in Whoville Ups and Downs Who s In Charge John Immigration This Must Be the Place Wade in the Water Water Into Wine Lazarus Come Out Stay in the Machine Where are the Shepherds While It Was Still Dark Acts God s Cleansing Love Holy Spirit Sharing the Load Singing In Prison Romans Apart From the Law Maker of Heaven and Earth Tower of Love

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  • Law and Liberty--As Seen in 1804 | Anne Robertson
    extreme of liberty for which many have contended always leads to licentioiusness and anarchy the evils of which are equally deleterious as those of the severest despotism Without the restrictions of law and government this important boon would become the scourge of mankind and the world would be converted into a theatre of violence and blood The liberty which virtuous minds approve is in perfect harmony with the rights of others with the tranquility of society and the obligations of virtue Never did our illustrious ancestors disregard these considerations Never did they act in repugnance to such correct principles In their most zealous struggles to support the liberties of the country the legitimate powers of government were respected and maintained Whilst they disdained to be the vassals of a despotic Prince they were satisfied with the enjoyment of rational freedom and anxiously guarded against licentiousness and insubordination If we be solicitous at the present day to preserve the blessings of our free republican governments we must like our respected ancestors guard against the abuse and the extreme of liberty and contend for our rights as individual citizens consistently with the authority of the Constitution and the laws Should we suffer our passions to be inflamed by groundless clamours and pursue fallacious schemes of liberty the consequences will prove destructive to the peace and happiness of the nation Popular governments both in ancient and modern times have been destroyed by the intrigues of a few aspiring individuals who have imposed on the credulity and ignorance of the common people and afterwards raised themselves to supreme power by trampling on the rights of those for whose welfare they had professed particular regard From this quarter the real friends of republicanism have much to fear Calculating upon the jealousy of the people towards their Rulers and their natural impatience under the restraints of government the disappointed and ambitious excite unreasonable alarms in the minds of their fellow citizens and thus deprive them of confidence in their superiors and render them disaffected to the lawful authority of the state They deceive the people with wild theories of civil liberty altogether imaginary and impracticable The most viruous and worthy men who have long been devoted to the good of the country are represented as tyrants And the public confidence is unustly transferred to those whose merit consists in specious promises and professions And having obtained the good opinion of the people by boasting and flattery their great object is not to promote the interests but to secure the favor of the public An occasion is thus presented for intrigue and corruption Integrity and virtue are neglected and favors are lavished on the importunate and obsequious In the various contentions for power true freedom is disregarded and unlimited power is established in the person of some fortunate individual or anarchy succeeds with all its horrid effects leveling the barriers of government and rioting on the property and rights of mankind In ways and by means like these if we may credit the most authentic histories free governments have been overturned and the civil liberties of mankind destroyed The Republics of Greece and Rome were annihilated by the intrigues of ambitious individuals whose thirst for power stimulated them to the most dishonorable and deceptive conduct The character of Magistrates regularly clothed with authority were basely traduced and specious promises bestowed on the people to obtain their affections and confidence And destitute as they were of real patriotism and virtue upon their elevation to office corruption and misery prevailed and liberty was but an empty name The Jewish nation in ancient days exhibited a similar picture of intrigue of ambition and ingratitude The men whom Jehovah had expressly delegated to govern were censured and opposed in the faithful performance of their duty by those who coveted the powers of government for themselves The profligate Absolum Absalom King David s son who aspired to the throne of his father attempted to gain the object of his ambition by calumniating the virtuous monarch and by deceiving the people with flattering professions of attachment to their welfare The like arts of delusion were put in requisition in the earliest period of our world when the first human pair were placed in the delightful garden of Eden Though surrounded with all the blessings which their nature capacitated them to enjoy and indulged with every favor which infinite wisdom and goodness saw fit to bestow they suffered themselves to be beguiled from the abodes of happiness and peace by the plausible but false doctrines of the Prince of darkness the enemy of all authority except his own and the great disturber of the moral and intellectual world Assenting to his suggestions that their freedom was arbitrarily abridged and foolishly imagining that his directions would lead to greater degrees of felicity they ungratefully rebelled against their lawful Soveriegn and thus forfeited substantial good and exposed themselves to all the evils of corrupt and unbridled passions In our own times we have witnessed the dire mischiefs produced by an inordinate lust of power and by the influence of erroneous opinions respecting the rights of man We have seen the people of a great nation in Europe France become the dupes of designing men who made uncommon pretences to patriotism merely with the view of promoting their own power and aggrandizement The cry of liberty and equality was reiterated to please the populace at the same time that the most cruel deeds were perpetrated and measures adopted most hostile to true freedom The infatuated multitude were made to believe they were free whist impious tyrants under the mask of republicanism were riveting their chains more firmly than they were ever bound in the reign of monarchy The mistakes and errors of other countries afford to the people of America a useful and instructive lesson From their history we may learn the danger and the evils to which our republican governments are exposed Whilst we zealously cherish

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  • On Pests, Predators, and Stewardship | Anne Robertson
    own The cycle was complete the sin was my own but I still did not understand it Then we moved to Florida Pest control commercials are omnipresent in the state with roaches the size of helicopters and it was in watching one of those commercials that I found my answer There was Joe Pest Control a kindly man entering a house to do his job But when he got inside the man suddenly was transformed into this techno warrior an armored agent of destruction shooting up every scampering pest like a Storm Trooper on the Death Star And finally as I watched that commercial I understood what had bothered me most about the woodchucks and the spider and the bee It came in the form of a question What right thought I do we human beings have to simply obliterate everything in our environment that troubles us It seems extreme to us to consider bugs as having importance but is there biblical support for our nonchalance If God is in fact real and present and author of all life who am I to refuse to live among certain forms of it Does the environment belong to me We sang songs at church about God s eye being on the sparrow Was it only birds Didn t God make the cockroach I do mean to ask God about that choice someday but in the meantime it seemed to me that reasons for killing something that God made should extend beyond ugliness or fear of a little pain Is it really acceptable to take the habitat of creatures I don t like and force them to leave or die I watched the commercial Pests they are called On which day of Creation did God make pests and when was it that God said Here is all the stuff I made It s yours Get rid of whatever you don t want Was that really what we meant by stewardship I was really troubled It was about more than bugs It was about more than woodchucks Somehow we had appropriated for ourselves what belonged to God The earth is the Lord s and the fulness thereof the world and they that dwell therein sings the Psalmist in Psalm 24 Again in Psalm 50 we hear Every beast of the forest is mine and the cattle on a thousand hills We are not owners of this world but stewards and the parables of Jesus often remind us that our job is to tend it until the owner should return to claim it That is not how we lived Finally I understood and then I began to make connections Whatever irritates us earns the label of pest and that label of pest has a tendency to creep up the food chain From dandelions in the yard to ants at the picnic to mice in the barn to woodchucks in the garden to geese on the pond to deer in the cornfield to bears at the

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  • Lost in Ashes | Anne Robertson
    Apart From the Law Maker of Heaven and Earth Tower of Love Who s the Judge 1 Corinthians Here I Stand Resurrection of the Body The More Excellent Way What s It All About Ephesians Holy Catholic Church Philippians Christ the King 1 John Courage Forgiveness of Sins The Catholic Spirit Hebrews Other Alden Bradford Oration On Pests Blog Posts Lost in Ashes Yard Work As Viewed From Heaven In the Pit Re membering Faith Shoveling Piles of White Stuff The Responsibility of Freedom Good Times Decision Time Be the Boss of You Because He Died more Home Blogs annerobertson2 s blog Lost in Ashes Wed 02 10 2016 20 27 annerobertson2 Mama said there d be days like this Well Mama learned that from God Lent is a time when I used to respond to the call to give something up for 40 days But as life got harder and loss piled upon loss I began to resent being told that I had to give up something else for Lent So then I entered the phase of doing something positive for 40 days instead While better than giving something up I began to resent that certain days on an already busy calendar demanded yet more from me I struggled to find an approach to Lent that truly prepared me for Easter And then came THE Ash Wednesday I stood in front of a congregation imposing the ashes as I always did But this time was different A woman came forward to receive the ashes but she struggled She had dementia and couldn t find the front The congregation guided her and she stood before me My mother I looked into her eyes the woman who still knew me but soon would begin to forget and put ashes on her

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  • In the Pit | Anne Robertson
    Thu 09 17 2015 20 07 annerobertson2 Anything can be true in the dark For you do not give me up to Sheol or let your faithful one see the Pit Psalm 16 10 It was one of those difficult weeks I was slogging through not just one but two painful anniversaries when the liturgy in church had me saying those words from Psalm 16 Hrumph I said to myself as the verse left my mouth Not true I get dumped into the Pit with a rather alarming regularity I m sure it s a stretch to say I m always totally faithful but my many trips to what Bunyan in Pilgrim s Progress calls the Slough of Despond still seemed totally unfair I sat with both the words of the Psalm and the pain of the week and remembered how it felt to be in the Pit the agony that couldn t really be shared the seeming absence of God the darkness that seemed to swallow not only all light but all sound I could rage and scream and sob but it would only echo through the dark cavern until my own ears accepted the sound back again having found no outlet But then the words twisted in my head and I heard something different And what I heard was the difference between God allowing someone to be IN the Pit and God allowing someone to SEE the Pit which is what the verse says And it hit me between the eyes that the complete blackout of the Pit might actually have been a blessing As frightening and overwhelming as the darkness was perhaps it was a shield of sorts leaving me free to imagine the hopeful instead of just the horrible At some point we all have to face reality in order to find healing But I think there are times and places where God gives us the blessing of the dark to cover that which we cannot yet bear to see and to give us the freedom to imagine something new Isn t that why darkness helps so much in storytelling When the light is on and I look around me I see the reality of what is A bed A chair A desk Closets with more clothes than I need a rug with more dog hair than the dog has A story told in the light is only that a story that happened to someone else who lived in a place that looked different than this But when the lights go out who s to say that everything hasn t changed I might now live in a castle or up in the trees My bed might be a berth on a ship in the high seas and the ghost of a drowned pirate might knock on my door any moment to tell me of sunken treasure Who can say it s not so when the lights are out In the dark I see only the stories

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