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All Creation Sings

August 9, 2016 — Leave a comment

Bless the Lord, O my soul!IMG_1687
O Lord my God, you are very great!
You are clothed with splendor and majesty,
    covering yourself with light as with a garment,
stretching out the heavens like a tent.
He lays the beams of his chambers on the waters;
he makes the clouds his chariot;
he rides on the wings of the wind;
he makes his messengers winds,
his ministers a flaming fire.

He set the earth on its foundations
so that it should never be moved.
You covered it with the deep as with a garment;
the waters stood above the mountains.
At your rebuke they fled;
at the sound of your thunder they took to flight.
The mountains rose, the valleys sank down
to the place that you appointed for them.
You set a boundary that they may not pass,
so that they might not again cover the earth.  Psalm 104:1-9

As I read this passage this morning, I was convicted of how little I actually look around at creation and praise God for what He has made. It is good to meditate on creation in order to see the love and grace of the Creator. We tend to forget that the world is so much bigger than the tiny universe that we have created for ourselves. God is so big, so vast, so immense, that nothing can contain Him.

After reading this passage and heading out to a meeting this morning I decided to just look around at the creation when I got to a stoplight. Right in front of me was this awesome rainbow. I know it sounds cheesy and too coincidental that I saw a rainbow after I had just read about them. But, that is what happened. So I just received it for what it was, a gift of grace. You see, the rainbow is a sign of God’s promise to His people. It is God’s promise that He will never destroy the earth again with water, but even more than that, the rainbow is God’ promise that He will keep His Covenant of grace with His people.

The rainbow is a physical reminder of what God has done for us. That God has seen our sin and rebellion and chosen to rescue us from ourselves. It is a reminder that God sent His Son, Jesus, to bear the wrath that we deserved to have poured out on us. It reminds us that our sin has been forgiven, that we have been made new and beautiful creations in Christ. The rainbow is a reminder of God’s unfailing and unwavering steadfast love toward His children.

Be encouraged today by what God has made, be encouraged today by how God has dealt with you with His grace. Look around and see His beauty and worship Him.

All for Jesus,

Fletch

Safe and Secure

August 8, 2016 — Leave a comment

This God—his way is perfect; mountain-path-1119909_960_720
the word of the Lord proves true;
he is a shield for all those who take refuge in him.

 For who is God, but the Lord?
And who is a rock, except our God?

Psalm 18:30-31

To follow God is a way that will always be best. It may not be the easiest or the safest way, but it is always the best way. “For your way is perfect…” You just can’t go wrong if you choose the path that God leads you down.

To live according to God’s Word has proven to be Continue Reading…

Light and Darkness

August 5, 2016 — Leave a comment

1 John 1:15  “God is light. In Him there is no darkness at all.” hope-light-in-darkness1

This verse provides hope for everyone. We know there is darkness in the world, because we know that the world is full of sin. But not just the world, we are full of sin. You are full of sin. That’s the bad news. We have all turned our backs on God and chosen to live life our way instead of God’s way.

The good news is that God has provided a way to overcome the darkness, namely Himself. God is light because He has no sin. So how do we get this light? The apostle John who wrote this verse, also records the words of Jesus in John 8:12, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” When we put our faith in Jesus, we Continue Reading…

The famous football coach Vince Lombardi blockandtacklebelieved that if his team could learn two things they would win football games. Just two things were the key to winning games? What about a thick and complex playbook? Don’t you need the fastest running backs and the most agile quarterbacks? Well, according to Vince Lombardi all you need to learn and execute are two things: blocking and tackling. If he could get his players to do those two things better than anyone else then they would win football games.

The Christian life points us in this direction as well. Not that we need to learn how to block and tackle, but there are two basic skills that are so foundational to life that we will be at a great loss if we don’t learn them. There are two things that Continue Reading…

What Never Fails?

August 3, 2016 — 1 Comment

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God is not man, that he should lie,
or a son of man, that he should change his mind.
Has he said, and will he not do it?
Or has he spoken, and will he not fulfill it?

Nobody is worried about whether or not the sun will come up tomorrow. The sun always comes up. But the sun comes up because Continue Reading…

Gospel Rest

July 13, 2016 — Leave a comment

Gospel Character

July 6, 2016 — Leave a comment

Dear Friends,

I cannot recommend this book enough. It. is. awesome!

From New Morning Mercies, by Paul Tripp, May 18thnew morning mercies

Change is not found in defending our righteousness, but in admitting our weakness and crying for help. I wish I could say that this is not my struggle. I wish I could say that Continue Reading…

The gospel provides rest from all of our burdens, anxieties and fears because the gospel is founded upon the character of God. This is the God, the great I AM, the sustainer of all things, ruler over the entire universe and everything else.“I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.”

The gospel says that God is taking what is broken beyond our ability to fix and fixing it; the gospel is God taking our sinfully dead hearts and bringing them back to life through the life, death, resurrection and reign of Christ. Continue Reading…