Sunday, August 19, 2012

Rejoicing in the Good News of Jesus

This morning in my quiet time I was scheduled to read Romans 5-6, which I did. But as I read slowly and prayerfully, the Lord was speaking so powerfully to me that I couldn't stop reading! So I read chapter 7, chapter 8, chapter 9, chapter 10, and finally decided to stop at the end of chapter 11. If you've ever read these chapters, you know that they are dense and profoundly meaningful. 

By the time I got to church, I felt like I was glowing. I was sort of intoxicated with Jesus. I felt in awe, stunned, by what God has done for us in Jesus Christ. I didn't quite know how to express what was in my heart, but I knew that I wanted to live my life knowing Jesus and making him known. 

And then as the worship service progressed, one of my fellow Pastors, Mike Perry, stood before the church and preached a simple but powerful message on the gospel, or good news, of Jesus Christ from the book of Galatians. It was the perfect compliment to what the Lord had been speaking into my heart all morning, and I felt all the more thankful to God. All the more intoxicated. All the more passionate to know him and make him known. 

If you have the time, you can listen to Mike's message here. It will be worth your time, not so much because Mike's amazing, but because Jesus is amazing. He's done it all for us, and all we have to do is believe in him, resting in what he's done for us. 

How I pray that the Lord God Almighty will speak the gospel into your hearts and minds, even as he's spoken into mine this day. 

With hope and joy in Jesus,
Pastor Charlie 

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