Confidence, Comfort, Challenge…

‘We believe…’ series, ‘in the resurrection of the dead’ – Revelation 21:1-8

Do click on the above link to listen to a recent talk I gave at Holycross on Sullivan’s Island in South Carolina. Belief in the resurrection brings confidence, comfort and challenge. Below are a few of the juicy quotes I shared:

Dallas Willard: “We should not think of ourselves as destined to be celestial bureaucrats, involved eternally in celestial ‘administrivia’. That would be only slightly better than being caught in an everlasting church service. No, we should think of our destiny as being absorbed in a tremendously creative team effort, with unimaginably splendid leadership, on an inconceivably vast plane of activity, with ever more comprehensive cycles of productivity and employment.”

C.S.Lewis: “If I find in myself a desire which no experience in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that I was made for another world.”

Smith Wigglesworth gave this challenge to Christians: “Live ready. If you have to get ready when the opportunity comes your way, you’ll be too late. Opportunity doesn’t wait, not even while you pray. You must not have to get ready, you must live ready at all times.

Be filled with the Spirit; that is, be soaked with the Spirit. Be so soaked that every thread in the fabric of your life will have received the requisite rule of the Spirit – then when you are misused and squeezed to the wall, all that will ooze out of you will be the nature of Christ.”

It was said of Dorothy Day, founder of the Catholic Worker Movement, that she ‘loved the truth enough to live it’. Will we?

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  • I am always challenged deep in my soul by your messages! Thank you for preaching the word of God with courage, passion and truth. May everyone who hears this be inspired to live out their life like your grandmother. What a rich inheritance you have!

  • “In His rising, Jesus blazed for us the trail of resurrection” – St Gregory of Nyssa (335-94)

  • Good word Simon ‘The truth shall set you free” came to mind whilst listening to your talk/sermon ,au revoir/Adieu,love & God bless,Dudley


  • Simon, it’s tomorrow and I’ve just re-read all you’ve written and it is as I said – I have changed my mind. Your intro. is not boring, and it is needed. I therefore take back what I said about it yesterday. I am not bored by anything you have written.
    Your title is still the main thing that needs reconsidering, and I seriously think you need to reconsider it. These are today’s thoughts.

    Suggestion: you could ask a number of folks who have not previously seen your title – if you can find any – what they think it means, and see what the responses are.

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