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July 31, 2018, 11:41 AM

Pastor's Letter for August

The good news of the gospel is that God sees you and loves you on both our good days and bad days. We are cleansed by the blood of Jesus and given the gift of the Holy Spirit. With God you defeat the power of sin and death, guilt and shame and bear the fruit of the Spirit. You no longer hard downcast, weighed down by the tribulations of life, you are radiant;


Psa. 34:4 I sought the LORD, and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears. 5 Those who look to him are radiant; their faces are never covered with shame.


Again and again in the Scripture God comes and saves desperately sinful people who he loves consider the apostle Peter, the apostle Paul, 3000 jews at Pentecost, the samaritan woman at the well, adulterous woman, prodigal son, etc.


God comes to us and makes a way that we can come to Him be saved. In contrast the idols of our lives stand apart and demand that we come to them and sacrifice in order to receive a blessing. Human power and oour idols can earn short and long terms benefits but these benefits eventually turn to dust and must be earned again and again. Shame fills the void and bids us to strive to deal with the pain by achievement.


God however seeks his people by grace and bids us to respond to his love by seeking him as the solution to our guilt, shame and tribulation.


In the old and new testament God bids his people to rest in fellowship with him see for example Isaiah 30, Matthew 11, John 15.


The gospel of grace it can be a bit scary because if God cannot love us any more or any less, what do we do then? Do we just stop working completely? Isn’t the lazy and disobedient? What would we be without our accomplishments? Hearing the gospel and believing in God’s unfailing love in the core of your being does not mean your work will stop. What it means that you no longer will work alone. Your effort to gain God’s approval through work will.


When you receive and abide in his love you are able to love God and love others as he commands through your life and work. You no longer work in order to earn or gain blessings from anyone.


The love of Jesus means you are valued for who you are, who He has made you to be. He sets you free to learn and improve in your ability to be obedient and faithful for you, for everyone you touch and for his glory.


When you receive His love, you are in a position to come alongside others and show them about the love of Jesus that is present on their worst days as well as their best day. You are in a position to encourage them and to be encouraged as together you seek the loving face of God and become radiant as you receive his love. Wherever you go and whatever you do God loves you and gives you the opportunity to love others with Him.


God bless your August!

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