Return

“Return to the Lord, your God, for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love; and he relents over disaster.”  Joel 2:13

If you’ve been “away” from the Lord, too busy to listen to His Word, preoccupied with your own doubts and fears, take heart.  God’s promise remains true.  He’s like the Father of the Prodigal son who runs to meet his undeserving son and lavishes his love and acceptance upon him.  God’s shows His lavishness and great faithfulness to you on a wooden cross where His only Son was hung to die.  Advent is the prequel to Christmas when we take time to realize that we celebrate Christmas because we cannot save ourselves from God’s anger.  He who hates sin and cannot bear it really DID bear it all on the cross.  Jesus’ cross bearing was for our sake.   He was raised for our sake!  And He lives and reigns at the Father’s right hand.  One day all who confess Jesus as their Lord will also be where He is–to live eternally. 

If you have never peeked inside a Bible–open one up and read from the book of John written by one who knew Jesus very well.  You’ll see what the Advent ‘reveal’ is all about.  God bless you!

April 12 Let’s Party!

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Joshua 5:1-7:15;  Luke 15:1-32;  Psalm 81:1-16;  Proverbs 13:1

People love to party!  To celebrate.  Getting together with friends and family, co-workers and neighbors to honor birthdays, anniversaries, graduations promotions, dedications, retirements, engagements, weddings–and babies!  It’s fun to join in the festivities, to commemorate the occasion with special foods, gifts, toasts and good-natured “roasts.”

Well…we’re not the only ones who like to party.  Angels in heaven rejoice when they learn that wayward son Tom comes to the end of his rope and cries out to God to save him, to forgive him for his rebelliousness and humbles himself as a sinner, forgiven.

“Let’s have a feast and celebrate.  For this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.”  Luke 15:23-24

The angels rejoice and shout and sing when loose living Livia learns that her life is a dead end and she longs for a new life in Christ. Holding tight to Livia Jesus says, “Rejoice with me;  I have found my lost sheep.”  Luke  15:6

The angels even throw a late night party when, after many years of godless living, one who is on his deathbed confesses his need for a Savior, repents of his sin and receives the assurance of his faith.

Jesus exclaims, “I tell you, there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.”  Luke 15:10

As believers, let’s take the party to the streets.  Let’s look for the lost and share the Good News of a Savior who loves and forgives and gives second chances.

Let’s celebrate our “being found” for we, too, were once the lost sheep, the lost coin, and the prodigal son.  We have much to be thankful for!  Let’s party–in Jesus’ name!

 Lord God Heavenly Father, we thank and praise you that you are determined to find as many lost sheep, lost coins and prodigals as you can.  That you never give up on the lost ones.  May we, who have been found by you, join in the searching for the lost–to share with them your great love and forgiveness–to bring them to you.  Let us not grow weary of this searching, of this telling, of this reaching out.  May we truly rejoice when yet another name is added to your Book of Life in Heaven.  In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.

“Sing for joy to God our strength;  shout aloud to the God of Jacob!  Begin the music, strike the tambourine,

play the melodious harp and lyre.”  Psalm 81:1-2