"2 Peninsulans 4.23-30: Concluding Exhortations…"
(or, "The Smallest Syllabus you will ever see from me")
1. Derive your values from a long-term view.
2. Celebrate and serve now.
3. Take everyone's problems seriously, respectfully, and sympathetically.
4. Stay focused on the heart of God, and find some work of His to throw your heart into.
5. Stay focused on the heart of God, and trust His love for you.
6. Remember your weakness, and draw strength from being close to God.
7. Remember that God's values are generally 'inverted' from ours.
8. There is no death so great that God cannot make some kind of greater life spring from it.
9. It is easier to serve, obey, worship, and honor God than it is to trust Him.
10. Keep your theology and thinking in the concreteness of His revelation at the Incarnation and Cross:
When you think God is not willing to get involved with your life, try to come up with another way to explain the Cross.
When you think God is not really loving, try to come up with another way to explain the Cross.
When you think God really doesn't want us to know what He is like, come up with another way to explain the incarnation--Why is there Jesus?
When you think God is more like an elite, distant monarch than like a warm, yet powerful and pure friend, come up with another way to explain His appearance as a lowly Galilean peasant.
When you think a God is too grand or powerful to know the depths of suffering and sadness, try to come up with another way to understand the Father's heart at the Cross, or another way to explain the weeping of Jesus over Jerusalem.
When you think humans are 'basically good enough without God', try to come up with another way to explain why Jesus placed such emphasis and importance on this aspect of His mission.
11. Feed, feed, feed.
"Now may the God of all grace, hold you in His arms, close to His heart, and fill your hearts with warmth for one another, with humble compassion for those around and among us, with wisdom that comes only from reading and living the Word, and with the love (not strength, courage, or 'commitment') to humbly and gently share our experience of God with others."