Twenty First Things

The first thing to know about God: God is love.
The first thing to know about Jesus: Jesus fully shows us God’s nature.
The first thing to know about the Spirit: The Spirit of God gives life.
The first thing to know about people: We are all broken and hurting and longing.
The first thing to know about hope: Hope is persistent. You’d have to work to snuff it out.
The first thing to know about love: Love is kind, and durable.
The first thing to know about church: The church is God’s doings, not ours.
The first thing to know about church people: They are common folk undergoing renovation.
The first thing to know about forgiveness: Forgiveness is the most difficult necessity in life.
The first thing to know about yourself: You are not, and never will be perfect.
The first thing to know about life: In every instance, it is a most priceless mystery.
The first thing to know about pain: It has no memory.
The first thing to know about sinners: They like to hide in mirrors.
The first thing to know about evil: It is real, and it is hollow.
The first thing to know about peace: It does not depend on external circumstances.
The first thing to know about resurrection: It changes all the rules of the game.
The first thing to know about serving others: You end up getting more than you give.
The first thing to know about healing: All cures are temporary; only healing endures.
The first thing to know about salvation: While for you, it’s about a lot more than you.
The first thing to know about joy: Joy is shy, showing up when you’re busy with something else.

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