As I said on Sunday, the Apostle Paul never got over the reality of grace. The fact that he could actually “cease striving” and still be accepted into fellowship with God because of what Jesus did for him was quite literally life changing.
But let’s be real. It’s not easy to “cease striving.” You and I are conditioned by both nature and nurture to strive. To achieve. To earn.
We live in a world where beauty and ugliness live side by side. A world where we see acts of selflessness and kindness and grace on display and where we read headlines filled with anguish and pain and injustice. A world where sorrow and joy are neighbors. A world where what we see taking place often calls into question the goodness and kindness (ore even the existence) of God.
On Sunday as we began a new year in a new catechism, we affirmed together a concept that is central to our understanding of our purpose in life. The chief aim of all we do as men and women should be to bring glory to God.
As I mentioned during the service, my prayer for our church over the next 10 years is that God would continue to preserve the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace (Eph. 4:1-3) and t...
Last week, I told you about the Christmas gift we asked our children to give us this year. We asked them to share with us what passages of scripture or sermons or books God used in their lives in 2017 to help them grow in grace.
At some point last week, our daughter Katie turned the tables on me. “What about you, dad?” she asked. “Where’s your email?”