I love the Message. I can get immersed in it.
I've been reading James recently. I love this bit from chapter 2:
Dear friends, do you think you'll ever get anywhere in this if you learn all the right words but never do anything?....For instance, you come upon an old friend dressed in rags and half-starved and say, "Good morining friend! Be clothed in Christ! Be filled with the Holy Spirit!" and walk off without providing so much as a coat or a cup of soup-where does that get you? Isn't it obvious that God-talk without God-acts is outrageous nonsense.
Some frustrations of mine:
-I'm sick of listening to people who are full of 'holy' chat and cliches but little in the way of action.
-I'm sick of hearing people say they have a heart for Lurgan while sitting on their arses.
-I'm sick of hearing people pray for the 'young people' then walking right past them at the back of the room.
-I'm sorry for the times when I have been one of these people.
-I want to hear less talk of how to get to heaven and more about bringing heaven to earth.
-I want to hear less talk of avoiding hell and more about what we can do to resist hell coming to earth (through poverty, injustice, suffering).
LESS GOD-TALK.....MORE GOD-ACTS