One More Thing with Pastor Tim Burchill 4.1.2024

From One Detective to Another

 

       The actual quote, that I was alluding to in Sunday’s sermon is from Sherlock Holmes.  It is: “When you have eliminated all which is impossible, then whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth.”

      It makes a lot of sense if you're the epitome of what was an obsessive Victorian faith in empiricism and scientific deduction.  But I like Samuel Bar-Spade's version:  “When you eliminate the improbable then whatever remains, no matter how impossible it may seem, must be true--or as we assert--must have behind it the power of the living God.”

      Ours is not a blind faith.  It is a faith based on the testimony of a variety of people who were willing to share their testimony with whoever was willing to listen--to offer that testimony in the face of those who wanted more than anything else to discredit and dismiss them.  There is also evidence based on more than just eye-witnesses.  There is the evidence of radically altered lives--the broken who have been healed, the lost who have been found, the self-centered who lay down their lives in love, the dead who have been brought back to rich, full, and satisfying life. It might seem absolutely impossible, let alone extremely improbable, but nevertheless all the evidence we have leads to one life-changing truth:

       Nothing, not even death, can separate us from the love our God has for us in Christ Jesus, our Lord. 

      May that truth warm your heart,

      May that truth send you on your way,

      and May that truth shine forth in all you do,

      now and always.

 

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