Saturday, March 28, 2015

Our Daily Bread

Paul's letter to the followers of Jesus in Thessalonica paints a picture of life-giving relationships in God's family.

 We were not looking for praise from people, not from you or anyone else, even though as apostles of Christ we could have asserted our authority.  Instead, we were like young children among you.  Just as a nursing mother cares for her children,  so we cared for you. Because we loved you so much, we were delighted to share with you not only the gospel of God but our lives as well.  Surely you remember, brothers and sisters, our toil and hardship; we worked night and day in order not to be a burden to anyone while we preached the gospel of God to you.  You are witnesses, and so is God, of how holy, righteous and blameless we were among you who believed.  For you know that we dealt with each of you as a father deals with his own children,  encouraging, comforting and urging you to live lives worthy of God, who calls you into his kingdom and glory.  And we also thank God continually because, when you received the word of God, which you heard from us, you accepted it not as a human word, but as it actually is, the word of God, which is indeed at work in you who believe.  For you, brothers and sisters, became imitators of God’s churches in Judea, which are in Christ Jesus: You suffered from your own people the same things those churches suffered from the Jews
 1 Thessalonians 2:6-14 (NIV)

In God's family of faith, He provides mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers and Circles of Friends for us.  The Lord gives His joy as we share our lives together in His grace and love.

Today's Inspiration:
Our Daily Bread

Until Next Time
God loves you and me; Let's love one another.

Friday, March 27, 2015

Heaven Came Down

A Devotion by:
Marilyn Meberg
Geronimo, the American Apache chief, said, "I want to live well.  I know I have to die sometime, but even if the heavens were to fall on me, I want to do what is right."
There is something touchingly admirable about the heart's desire expressed in that statement.  By the same token there is something hopelessly futile in wanting to live well, above reproach, always doing the right thing.  Why futile?  Because we can't do it.  No matter how well intentioned we are, we will on occasion fudge the truth, put ourselves first, respond jealously instead of generously, and hate instead of love.  That is, of course, the short list.
I want to do what is right too.  If I want to, why don't I?  It is that cursed thing called sin that throws everything out of balance.  Wanting to be a good person, trying in every way possible to do the right thing, is an admirable goal; but it is also an unattainable goal.
So what's the solution?  The solution is Jesus.  Jesus took on himself at the cross all the sin that separates us from God.  The Almighty's demand for perfection was met solely in  his sinless Son.  Our most sincere efforts could never be good enough.  God's grace allows us to live our life without guilt or condemnation.  Amazingly, in God's eyes, it is as if we didn't go off track, make mistakes, or fall short.  That's the miracle of grace.
The heavens did fall on us, Geronimo.  In a little town called Bethlehem.
There is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.
Romans 8:1
Until Next Time
 Thank You, Father, that you see us through Jesus,
the ever-secure lens of complete forgiveness.