Life’s major disappointments can be areas for growth. The mark of a Christian community is not the absence of conflict, but the presence of a reconciling spirit.
Martin Luther quotes – referenced in the sermon:
All laws and philosophy merely tell us what should be done, but they do not provide the strength to do it.
A religion that gives nothing, costs nothing, and suffers nothing, is worth nothing.
This life therefore is not righteousness, but growth in righteousness; not health but healing; no being but becoming; not rest buy exercise. We are not yet what we shall be, but we are growing toward it. The process is not yet finished, but it is going on. This is not the end, but it is the road. All does not yet gleam in glory, but all is being purified.