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A New Peace
It’s when we find ourselves suddenly thrust into pain of loss or failure or some other calamity that we suddenly realize that our hope really is in Christ alone. I pray often, not for what I deserve, but for God’s mercy. “Please be merciful to me Lord, I know I need You more than I realize. Help me to stay focused on You”. I’ve had some experiences with calamity and I don’t want my faith, hope, trust, and peace in God to be limited to only one avenue, mainly some type of upheaval or disruption of life that brings me crashing to my knees. I’d much rather voluntarily fall to my knees and ask God to reveal my need for Him. He is so faithful. He loves us so much that uses His shepherd’s staff to pull us back into line when we lose sight of Him. But if we follow closely and keep our eyes on Him, He is merciful.
I’m not saying you won’t have any trouble if you keep your eyes on Jesus. I'm saying that you won’t have to endure the correction of God in addition to the trouble life brings. And His grace will always be sufficient for the trouble life brings. If you practice this kind of fidelity to God when skies are clear, you will have peace when the storms rage.
A new and different type of peace will be our topic this week. You may be surprised at what the beautiful New Covenant offers us if are willing to make a change. Join us Sunday morning, 10:30 am, 2620 Clinton Ave., Campus 805. Just follow the blue flags. See you then!
Jesus said, “Very truly I tell you, everyone who sins is a slave to sin. Now a slave has no permanent place in the family, but a son belongs to it forever. So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed”. There are many of us who are enslaved by things that no one can see from the outside. We are restricted to a way of life that controls us. God is not in control of our lives. We are not even in control. The enemy is controlling us. He's leading us by our desires and our weaknesses. But there is a rescuer!
We all know Jesus as our Savior, but do you know that His nature is to save? He will save you from hell but He will also save you from the circumstance, habit, weakness or relentless thought that keeps you cuffed to your sins.
Paul and Silas were in prison, singing and praising God at midnight when God shook the place and the doors opened and their chains fell off. You may feel as if you are in a type of prison. But, God can shake you in a way that will cause your chains to come off as well. Jesus has a way of doing that. And when the Son sets you free, you are really free!
Join us Sunday morning, 10:30 am, 2620 Clinton Ave., Campus 805. Just follow the blue flags.
I’ll see you there!
Words That Work Miracles!
His words are powerful! They are spirit and they are life. They are sharp enough to divide soul and spirit and they are discerning. His words create! They heal, rescue, light the way and lead us in the paths He has marked out for us. The apostles also had this unique ability. They spoke and miracles happened.
After the apostles died, the miracles, for the most part, died out with them. Why? Do miracles still happen today? Is there something we are missing? Is there some reason our words do not carry the same power as those of that first generation of believers? What must we do in order to speak powerful words that matter and release the miraculous?
Do You Ever Feel Unworthy?
The truth is that we are unworthy of God’s acceptance but we are counted worthy because of the very grace that our shame pushes us away from. Once, when I was young, I was struggling with the guilt of a failed relationship and many foolish decisions that I had made. My Sunday school teacher at the time who later became a mentor to Lynnae and me asked me a question. She said, “Do you believe that God knows the future?” I said, “Sure I do.” She replied, “Then you believe that God knew about all the sins you would commit at the time He saved you. And He still saved you.” That piece of wisdom set me free, not to sin more but to be grateful for God’s grace and leave the shame of forgiven sins behind.
A Miracle of Words
It’s fascinating stuff and as always, we learn in order to do. Have you ever thought about speaking to God in this way? We will take a journey down this path Sunday as we begin our new series called “Louder Than Words.” It’s a look at the book of Acts. Don’t be nervous, we aren’t going to try and recreate that experience. I think you’ll be intrigued and challenged.