The Ground and Essence of All Reality

Today (I think, correct me if I’m wrong) is the only day any government in the world shuts down to remember the birth, life, ministry, work, and death of an ordained Christian minister.

This last weekend (yesterday and Saturday night) I started each service in Montgomery with quote from a sermon by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. which I read about in an article on lifeway.com titled “Remembering Martin Luther King, Jr.” by Tony Peterson, the subtitle being  “And MLK’s Message for 21st Century Christians.”

Here are the two quotes…

“At the center of the Christian faith is the affirmation that there is a God in the universe who is the ground and essence of all reality. …[That] reality cannot be explained by matter in motion or the push and pull of economic forces. Christianity affirms that at the heart of reality is a Heart, a loving Father who works through history for the salvation of his children. Man cannot save himself, for man is not the measure of all things and humanity is not God. Bound by the chains of his own sin and finiteness, man needs a Savior.”

…and…

“We need to pledge ourselves anew to the cause of Christ. We must recapture the spirit of the early church. Wherever the early Christians went, they made a triumphant witness for Christ. Whether on the village streets or in the city jails, they daringly proclaimed the good news of the gospel.”

Food for thought, prayer, remembering, and saying “amen.”

3 Replies to “The Ground and Essence of All Reality”

  1. Amen On Jan 18, 2016 9:49 AM, “Notions and Devotions” wrote:

    > johntorresjr posted: “Today (I think, correct me if I’m wrong) is the only > day any government in the world shuts down to remember the birth, life, > ministry, work, and death of an ordained Christian minister. This last > weekend (yesterday and Saturday night) I started each serv” >

  2. Yes … Thanks for this! “Wherever the early Christians went, they made a triumphant witness for Christ. “ This jibes well with something I have been praying about. I pray for the blessing and time when I can come to a point in my journey where I recognize that God has created me – just the way I am – with the gifts that he provided me for a reason – and then (!) getting to a place where I can embrace them and be comfortable. This would be freedom. I am convicted by Joshua 1:9 “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” Or, as I would paraphrase: “Be comfortable in your own skin.”

  3. Thank you John. Great stuff!

    On Mon, Jan 18, 2016 at 9:49 AM, Notions and Devotions wrote:

    > johntorresjr posted: “Today (I think, correct me if I’m wrong) is the only > day any government in the world shuts down to remember the birth, life, > ministry, work, and death of an ordained Christian minister. This last > weekend (yesterday and Saturday night) I started each serv” >

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