Hmm... God does have a way of bringing things to my attention that are timely... The following was posted to the no_compromise community.
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I refer back to my entry of Sunday night... This is not the first time I have been confronted with the issue of sanctification. In fact, it is not the second... I have been reading Merle Strege's book, I Saw the Church, an overview of the history and theology of the Church of God Reformation Movement. Sanctification was once a central doctrine of our faith. It is considered by some people to be a divisive issue. Why? Maybe the divisive issues matter most... Maybe this is why they are so divisive. It seems there are answers to be found if only we will look to the Lord! He is not a god of confusion but of sound mind!
If we are called to a life of holiness, it is also a life of abundance! If we are called to a life of suffering, it is not required to be a life of misery. Pain and happiness can coexist. A quote floated around my church earlier this year--I have not posted my notes from a number of services but will post them later and backdate them. "There will be great moments of sorrow this year and great moments of joy ... and moments of ordinary time in between." I don't know where it came from. Maybe someone made it up. In any case, it's profound. What is holiness but what I do with my moments? "In everything you do, do it all for the glory of God."