Even the experiences of our lives become sources of continued heartache and shame instead of valuable resources for our own growth and the growth of the people around us. To experience the love of Christ is to experience freedom from shame, fear, and insecurity. It is to be free to love each other and all of God's creatures the way God loves us - radically, inclusively, and steadfastly. It is to be free to open ourselves to feeling God's presence, to trusting in God's guidance, and to experiencing life in ways we never imagined.
Never would I have dreamed that I would be a pastor. Yet the God that I have loved since I was a child has brought me to an awareness of the glorious love of Christ and called me to preach and write of that love. I have been called to do so with humor, emotion, and an openness to the Spirit's guidance in exploring God's word and God's world.
As Christians, we serve a God of life, joy, grace, and love. The Christ I experience is a passionate, humorous, wise, and gentle Spirit who calls me to share that experience with the life around me.
LA Ronda D. Barnes
Preacher, Author and Pastor of
A Church without walls
The Language of Faith
Is laughter and love...
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