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February 5, 2016, 7:12 PM

From Your Pastor's Heart - February 7, 2016

Good Morning Family!

            The two words that describe God in my mind all week have been the words “grace and mercy”.

            We serve a merciful God that is not merciful because He wants to lord it over our heads, but His mercy is driven by His grace extended to all.  Although He is just and completely righteous and holy, His grace demonstrates His patient mercy with us.

            Where were you when you came to Christ and threw yourself upon His mercy in order to be saved by His grace?  You were in the same place that everyone all throughout history has been: flat on your back or falling on your face.  It does not matter what your life has been like.  It does not matter what you have done with your life to that point.  We have all, every one of us willfully chosen to disobey the Holy One and are all, equally in need of a Savior.

            No one stands at the foot of the cross and looks upon the suffering of the Lord Jesus, understanding how He was bearing their sin and yet remains on their feet.  The only person that remains on their feet is the one who remains apathetic toward the wonderful gift of salvation.  The Scriptures give us a wonderful picture of the grace and mercy of God being extended to all even there at the cross. 

            Seeing the two different responses of the two crucified and dying men on either side of Jesus reminds us that there are really two different kinds of people.  Seeing Christ extend salvation to the one who acknowledged his need for Jesus and his trust in Christ shows us it is never really too late at all.  In light of eternity, our life is a vapor here; and that man with literally just a few hours left in his life was granted forgiveness for his sin and was given the promise from Jesus himself, that the man would be with Him forever.  That man is just as much a beloved child of God as the one who has faithfully served Christ for decades.  What an incredible God of mercy and grace we serve!

            How can anyone stand at the foot of the cross and remain standing?

             As always, my prayer is that we would all, “Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the Word of truth.”   II Timothy 2:15

Humbly Yours,

Bro Steve

Dr. Steven Gann

Your Shepherd

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