Greg Rolfe en Coaching and Mentoring, Theologians and pastors, Directors and Executives Pastor • Beacon Hill. Baptist Church 5/7/2016 · 1 min de lectura · +800

Cutting through the noise and the pain

When looking at the current state of America and our extreme fall from the goals and standards set by our fore fathers, it is evident that as a Church we have failed to cut through the noise and the pain of the world to reveal the truth of God. It is not that we have not been speaking. It's not that we have not been calling out the truth. It is simply that the tools we have employed are not cutting the noise or getting through the pain.

People are searching for relevance; they are seeking for purpose and fulfillment. But with so much noise and distractions, with in so much pure volume, the truth is lost. It is our job to cut through the noise and the pain to make our voice heard. It is our job to find God's solution to this problem. I believe the answer, God's solution, is to be warm.

In a world that is known for being cold and lonely, people seek warmth in any form. Sex is a form of warmth since it in some way imitates love. Alcohol is abundant since it removes part of the armor holding us back from conversation; it too in some ways imitates intimacy. People jump from one relationship to another seeking warmth even if it is only temporary. What we need to cut the noise and pain is warmth: true caring, true relationships, true friendships, dependable marriages, heartfelt conversations, respect that survives mistakes, love that surpasses problems.

Matthew 5:38-42 directs us to set aside our focus on self defense and risk letting people in. We need to trust God to watch over us and place our efforts on forgiving and caring. When we place our efforts on demonstrating the grace and love of God I believe that the resultant warmth will cut through the noise and pain. As the noise is pierced, then people will hear the truth and let our Lord heal their pain. As the Church, the disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ are called to be different, separate, and unique. Until we are, we too will be just part of the noise.

Cutting through the noise and the pain


Vivian Chapman 10/7/2016 · #24

#9 No I did not take you for an atheist William, simply because you hate corrupt institutions. I have witnessed corruption in the churches since a was a small child. I was trying to find out where you are coming from, that's all.

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Vivian Chapman 10/7/2016 · #23

#15 @William VanDorin that tells me you don't know Jesus personally. He does have a sense of humour!

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Vivian Chapman 10/7/2016 · #22

#14 What a lively mind you have William! Like that! Oh dear I keep pressing Return and the comment goes on without my finishing it. I don't think you are a gnostic, judging from your comments. We are all fallen - which is why Jesus chose to carry our sins in His own body to the Cross, so anyone who is in Him can be raised up with Him. As for Hell: the place of final punishment will only come into being after the Final Judgement so no one is there yet. I have been considering writing a book about Hell, because I don't think it's entirely negative. No room to go into that really, but if you read Revelation, you find that it is only immediately after the wicked are thrown into the lake of fire that God is able to wipe away the tears from each eye, and only then it says "there will be no more death, nor crying etc" But many really evil people will have been saved by Jesus because they repented and thanked Him for taking their sins. "The Son of Man has authority on earth, to forgive sins". Jesus is "The Rock of Offense" as well as the Rock of Sanctuary. Some people are offended that God would "send" people to hell (they go there all by themselves and refuse to be saved!), and some people are offended that God can wipe away the sins of someone who has committed horrible crimes. Personally, I love Jesus and I'm 100% on His side.

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Greg Rolfe 8/7/2016 · #19

#18 Brian I was not unaware of the concept behind your words simply confused on why you added them to the conversation. You did not appear to be adding nor drawing a resolution. Did I miss you point? (It would hardly be the first time.)

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Brian McKenzie 8/7/2016 · #18

Thesis * AntiThesis -> Synthesis. Two diametrically oppositional forces set into conflict for the purpose to advance an agenda to the next landing state of control, submission, subversion and slavery. It is as it always has been. (Lenin adds necessary killing to the equation - and Obama has updated it with digital coverage of the events)
The current Alinsky meme is Problem * Conflict -> Resolution. I cannot show you the game, but when you see it - it cannot be unseen.

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Greg Rolfe 8/7/2016 · #17

#16 Hello Brian. I must admit to my confusion but I am not sure how your comment fits into this discussion. Not complaining mind you just curious of your intent.

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Brian McKenzie 8/7/2016 · #16

I believe the Church vs State construct is one of the earliest and most relevant versions of the Hegelian Dialectic. And looking at the body count and ideology from each, I am undeterred in that assessment.

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William VanDorin 8/7/2016 · #15

I would like to believe Christ had a sense of humor, you know not like a stand up because that would simply be heretical, but able to pull of a good practical joke on occasion. Come on John, It's not that deep! LOL!

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