It was such a privilege having Dr Kay Fountain share with us on Sunday. I’ve posted her sermon, if you missed it, HERE.
One of the thoughts that stood out for me from her message was that God calls us friend not servant. The key difference between a servant and a friend is that a friend is someone you explain yourself to. A friend is someone you want to share your thoughts with. God wants us to know Him, to understand Him, and when He asks us to do something, he’s willing to share with us His plan.
God encourages us to commune with Him. He responds patiently to our struggle to understand Him. He allows us to continue glimpsing more of who He is. He is not a man that he should change his mind, but yet he’s willing to let us question Him.
What a marvel, that God Himself considers it important that He share with us what he is doing.
This Christmas I pray you take a moment to ask God what his plans are for you in 2016. His plans are always awesome!
God’s richest blessings,
I loved Darryn’s sermon on Sunday. One thing that really resonated with me was the mention of Noah’s Ark, and how within it was refuge from the Wrath of God (The Flood). It truly is a wonderful parallel of how we find refuge from the Wrath of God within Christ Jesus.
As we draw closer to Christmas, frantically trying to find that perfect gift for a loved one, let’s reflect on that wonderful refuge we have in Christ Jesus.
Jesus, who purchased for us the greatest and most perfect gift, reconcilitation with the Father.
Jesus, who for the joy that gift would bring willingly spent his life and blood to purchase it.
Jesus, the greatest example of love the world has ever known.
For a child is born to us,
a son is given to us.
The government will rest on his shoulders.
And he will be called:
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
God’s richest blessings,
Without a true appreciation for God’s wrath and how eternal His hatred is for sin, we can so easily turn the grace of the gospel into ‘permission’, or worse. The wrath of God stems from His eternal and permanent nature. He is permanently Holy, and his very presence destroys sin – consuming it instantly. If we were in his presence in our fallen state our total destruction and annihilation is assured.
The ONLY way we are able to endure that awesome, holy, presence is by being IN Christ Jesus, by living in the grace he purchased for us. Like Shadrach, Meschach, and Abednego were able to endure the hottest furnace imaginable – we too can endure the permanently burning presence of a Holy God through Jesus Christ. We can not only endure it, but we can embrace our God and call him Abba Father.
24 But suddenly, Nebuchadnezzar jumped up in amazement and exclaimed to his advisers, “Didn’t we tie up three men and throw
them into the furnace?” “Yes, Your Majesty, we certainly did,” they replied.
25 “Look!” Nebuchadnezzar shouted. “I see four men, unbound, walking around in the fire unharmed! And the fourth looks like a
With all of the innocent blood being spilled around the world, I’m reminded of the story of Cain and Abel. In the Bible it says that Abel’s blood cried out to God from the ground, condemning Cain for Abel’s murder. As Christians we know a better Abel, one whose innocent blood also cries out to God, not to condemn us, but to redeem us.
10 But the Lord said, “What have you done? Listen! Your brother’s blood cries out to me from the ground! 11 Now you are cursed and banished from the ground, which has swallowed your brother’s blood.
7 He is so rich in kindness and grace that he purchased our freedom with the blood of his Son and forgave our sins.
His name is Jesus…
Often we think that due to the amount of sin committed, we need an equal or greater amount of time to pay penance before God might consider restoring what we’ve lost, blessing us, or activating us for service.
Thankfully that’s not how grace works.
35 There was an abundance of burnt offerings, along with the usual liquid offerings, and a great deal of fat from the many peace offerings. So the Temple of the lord was restored to service. 36 And Hezekiah and all the people rejoiced because of what God had done for the people, for everything had been accomplished so quickly.
2 CHRONICLES 29:35-36