It’s a Maine Thing Fiddlehead mug. Real Mainers know this isn’t a bad thing! Can’t tell whether we’re being serious here, or just trying to keep this to ourselves. Thanks… we beg to differ up here. But hey… if the beauty of northern Maine is one of the last places ruined by people, so be it. I prefer it that way. During a professional sports career, I often went to the mountains. It’s so quiet there. There is a great opportunity to listen to yourself, your thoughts. In moments of doubt and uncertainty, the mountains saved me! You look at them and understand that they are so tall, so magnificent, they have hundreds, maybe thousands of years, they will live after me, so there is no reason to worry about the little things in life.
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Jesus’s teaching consistently attracted the irreligious while offending the Bible-believing, religious people of His day. However, in the main, our churches do not have this effect. That can only mean one thing. If the preaching of our ministers and the practice of our parishioners do not have the same effect on people that Jesus had, then we must not be declaring the same message that Jesus did. Yes, It’s a Maine Thing. If church doesn’t lead you to see how weak and helplessly sinful you are and hopeless without Christ, then it’s not declaring the right message.
Church should remind you how much you need Jesus every day and fill you with joy and thanksgiving for having forgiveness and peace in him. That’s why the irreligious are attracted to it, not those who feel like they’re doing well, but those who are low and humbled. When we feel like we’re doing well, we tend to forget God. That’s what Keller is getting at. In short, if you don’t encounter God’s holiness in church and feel your unholiness laid to bare in comparison, something’s off (RC Sproul’s way to say it).