Worship @ 10am! Prayer & Pastries @ 9:15am! Awana! The eNews & Bulletin for September 27, 2015 –
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We live in a world of broken relationships, broken promises, and broken commitments. In this world it’s easy to become bitter and cynical. “Words mean nothing to me,” might be your cry as you recount the number of times you have been hurt.
But God wants you to know that His words are true. His words bring healing. His words are meant to inspire and encourage.
Ten times in the Bible we are reminded that God “will never leave us or forsake us.” NEVER! I’m a cynic, I don’t easily trust. But when I read these words and realize that they were spoken by God I can’t help but feel blessed. Our God says, NEVER.
The other word that God gives to us is FOREVER. Used in a promise it is a great reminder of our unending position in Christ. The word FOREVER is used hundreds of times in the Bible but one of my favorites is found in Psalm 23:6, “Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the LORD forever.”
By Billy Graham
How Can I Have Faith in Something I Don’t Know Exists?
Q: I have a lot of questions about God, but my aunt tells me not to think about them and just have faith. But how can I have faith in something, when I don’t even know if it exists? — C.S.
A: If faith were simply a blind leap in the dark (as some have described it), then you’d be right; you’d have no reason to take that leap. But true faith, the kind of faith the Bible urges us to have, isn’t like this. True faith is not a blind leap in the dark, with no reason or evidence to support it. Instead, our faith is in the living God, and He has given us all the evidence we’ll ever need to show us He is real and worthy of our faith and trust. God has not hidden Himself from us; all around us we see evidence of His existence. Look, for example, at the worlds He created. Did this amazing universe just happen by chance? Not at all; it would take far more faith to believe that, than to believe God created it. As the Bible says, “Since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made” (Romans 1:20). But God revealed Himself to us in a far greater and more personal way: by coming down from heaven and walking among us in the person of Jesus Christ. Do you want to know what God is like? Look at Jesus Christ, for He was God in human flesh. And when you see Him as He really is, you’ll realize not only that God exists, but that He loves you, and He is worthy of your complete faith and trust and commitment.
Grace – Gods Riches at Christ’s Expense
Grace – God’s undeserved and unmerited favor
You are pulled over for speeding. You are guilty. The officer lets you go with a warning – that’s mercy. But if the officer gives you a ticket and then gives you the money to pay for it – that’s grace.
No matter how hard we try we will fail. Grace is God’s solution for our imperfection and not our rebellion.