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The Rev. Dr. Fred R. Anderson

God's Will for You

1 Thessalonians 5:16-24

3rd Sunday of Advent - Year A

December 14, 2008

The Rev. Dr. Fred R. Anderson (PCUSA)

Like many Protestant Christians, we at Madison Avenue have begun to celebrate the Sacrament of the Lord's Supper on a weekly basis. Our prayer following communion always ends with these words, "Even so, Lord Jesus, quickly come!" Shortly after we began the practice, one of our members cornered me at coffee hour and asked, "Fred, are we praying for doomsday?" "No," I answered. We are pleading for that promised day and world where righteousness will be at home. Last week, the Epistle from 2 Peter promised that living lives of holiness and godliness will actually hasten the coming of that day. That is a startling notion if you think about it--the way you and I live can actually hasten the coming of that day.1 What does that say about the way the church has lived in the past? What does that imply for the church today? And what kind of life hastens that day? Is it a pristine spirituality that shuns the world and its ways or an activist spirituality that intentionally get its hands dirty in the day-to-day stuff of the world? What does an authentic Christ-like life of holiness and godliness look like?

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