Don’t Get Distracted
February 26, 2021
You’ve probably heard the adage from the world of sports, “Keep your eye on the ball.” It’s hard to hit a target you cannot see. Distraction never pays off. Success comes from staying focused. Pay attention and concentrate on the matter at hand.
The same rule is true when it comes to driving. The saying when behind the wheel is, “Keep your eye on the road.” Accidents can happen fast. A few years ago my son was rear-ended by a car whose driver was texting. Driving at a high rate of speed, he looked up from his phone just in time to see the back of my son’s SUV.
Distraction in golf might cost you a par. In driving it might cost you a banged up vehicle or worse. But imagine the potential possibilities in life itself.
1 Peter 5:8 warns that Satan is always on the prowl seeking to devour the unsuspecting. One of the ways he accomplishes this malicious goal is to shift our focus from where it belongs. The Hebrew writer tells us to “run the race that is set before us looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith” (Hebrews 12:1-2). When we turn our attention from Jesus to the things happening around us or even within us, we sink like a rock.
We are living in the middle of an information explosion. An online article posted by TECH 21 CENTURY reports, “Through mobile phones, online entertainment services, the Internet, electronic mail, television, radio, newspapers, books, social media etc. people receive every day about 105,000 words or 23 words per second in half a day (12 hours) (during awake hours).”
We are bombarded 24/7 with up to 34 Gb (gigabytes) of information, which is more than any human being can ever hope to process. How easy then for Satan to shift our focus from the Bible to things that weaken our faith, steal our joy, and rob us of peace.
And what about the church? When Mary and Joseph found the young Jesus in the temple, He addressed their concerns as to His whereabouts by saying, “Did you not know that I must be about My Father’s business” (Luke 2:49).
What is the Father’s business for the church? Jesus told us. Take the gospel to the world. Make disciples of all nations. Our focus should be on the Great Commission. How Satan loves to distract us from our mission! He will offer a multitude of seemingly acceptable options in an effort to keep us from doing the one thing God called us to do.
Let’s learn from Jesus who in spite of Satan’s attempts to dissuade Him, “steadfastly set His face to go to Jerusalem” (Luke 9:51). Don’t get distracted. Set your focus where it belongs. His face. His Word. His will.
Pastors Todd & Sheri
February 17, 2021
There is a statement we hear young children make after they have accomplished some small task like coloring a picture, or putting together a puzzle, or building something out of Lego’s. Beaming with pride they show off their accomplishment saying, “I did it all by myself.”
There are many things in life I’ve tried to do all by myself that didn’t turn out so well. Halfway through the attempt I discovered that my strength wasn’t strong enough, and my know-how wasn’t good enough. I needed help.
Aaron, the high priest of Israel, must have known the feeling. I believe he knew it especially on the single most important day of the year — Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement.
Every year on the seventh day of the tenth month on the Jewish calendar, the high priest in Israel went through the solemn ritual of making atonement for the sins of the people. It was a sacred rite rich in symbolism.
On this day simply known as “THE DAY” the high priest acted alone. He entered three times into the Holy of Holies alone. He offered the sacrificial blood alone. He confessed the sins of the people alone. When it came to making atonement for the sins of the nation, Aaron could say at the end of the day, “I did it all by myself.” He did everything. The people did nothing.
However, there was a problem. The word atonement means “covering.” The covering Aaron accomplished was a temporary thing. That’s why the Day of Atonement had to be repeated year after year. Each year the sins of the people were covered, but they were never removed.
Then we come to Jesus Christ who “by Himself purged our sins” (Hebrews 1:3). Like Aaron, Jesus did everything to make atonement for our sins. We did nothing. But unlike Aaron, the atonement Jesus made not only covers our sins, it removes them forever. Sin covered is good. Sin purged is better.
Everything that needed to be done was done, and it was done by Jesus Himself. He did it all perfectly and completely, and needed help from no one.
No matter what we come up against in life, remember that Jesus is able. He is more than able to meet any need and help us through any difficulty. Jesus can do it! And He can do it by Himself.
Pastors Todd and Sheri
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A Different Way of Seeing Things
February 9, 2021
Years ago I remember my Pastor grandfather telling me something to the effect that God does not see things the way we see them. Then he began to talk to me about the ants and how in Scripture God spoke so highly of them even though to us they are merely bugs. (In my world, They are not only bugs, but they are bugs to be exterminated! Especially when trying to share my living space.)
Ants aside, the thought was clear. God sees and judges things way differently than we do. He values what we tend to shrug off, fear or get angry about.
Remember the story of the widow woman in Mark 12 that dropped two mites into the offering? Considering that there is question whether two mites meant two coins equal to a penny or even up to two dollars, it would still be an unimpressive amount if you were the offering counter that day. Probably not even noticed. But not so with Jesus. He not only noticed, but also told his disciples that she gave MORE than any other person.
How could he say that? Because he saw differently. He knew she had given all the money she had in this world in that offering. Where the disciples saw poverty, Jesus saw eternal riches.
Then in Mark chapter 5 there was an incident where the daughter of one of the rulers of the synagogue had died. Jesus went to the home where she was, and the Bible tells us that all the people were weeping and wailing because of this little girl’s untimely death. But Jesus had a strange response. He asked them why they were weeping and wailing. Then he proceeded to take her by the hand and to tell her to get up, which she immediately did.
Once again, he saw differently. Where the disciples and all the people saw death and despair, Jesus saw life and hope.
These examples could go on and on, because Jesus saw the world through a different lens…a heavenly lens, if you will. Permit me one more example.
In Mark 10 we find Jesus teaching the people. Every time He did this, they were most anxious to hear all that He had to say, and this time, as always, there was a crowd. Jesus was teaching them outside, so there was no nursery or children’s ministry anywhere to be found. The children were there, though. We know they were because people started to make their way to Jesus with their children so He could bless them. But the disciples were not having it. How dare these people interrupt this most sacred time with the Master. Especially with noisy, rambunctious little ones who were probably even a bit smelly and dirty after being outside so long.
In this instance, the Bible tells us that Jesus even got a little ticked off at his disciples. At least that is how I would interpret the King James words ‘greatly displeased’. Instead of sending the children away, the Bible says Jesus gathered them to Himself and He began to bless them. I personally think there was some laughter and hugs going on, too.
Again, different sight. Where the disciples saw inconvenience and interruption, Jesus saw something so profoundly opposite. He desired the children to be with Him, and told those standing around that in those children He saw what the Kingdom of heaven is really like.
I don’t know about you, but these examples leave me feeling a little shaky as to my judgements and perceptions. These were, after all, THE disciples of Jesus. How do we learn to see things like:
Poverty equals Riches
Death leads to Life
Children bless Adults
Last is First
Loss means Gain
I want to study God’s Word more, pray for the Lord to open my eyes and then live out what I learn. I really do want to see and respond to things happening around me differently. I want to see the way Jesus does.
An Encouraging Word
January 22, 2021
Paul and Barnabas were in a synagogue during their first missionary journey. After the ritual reading of the Scriptures the leaders in charge of the service said to them, “Brothers, if you have any word of encouragement for the people, come and give it” (Acts 13:15 NLT).
People today are in need of an encouraging word, Christians not excluded. The faith of some has been rattled a bit. Others are so low that any word of encouragement would be a help.
There are people whose lives are still upside-down in a COVID-19 world. They have been directly touched by the virus. Some, tragically so. Many are struggling financially due to the ongoing repercussions of the pandemic. Others are more than a little distressed with the results of the presidential election and what it could possibly mean for the future.
In the midst of this, God has provided a great opportunity for us to make a difference. The Lord speaks from heaven, “if you have any word of encouragement for the people, come and give it.”
Do you have an encouraging word to share? As a believer in Jesus Christ you do. You can remind people that God is still very much alive and seated upon His throne. You can tell them that in a world of lies, God’s Word is truth they can trust.
Furthermore, you can point out that the Holy Spirit is still moving and working. That hasn’t stopped. You can mention that God’s eternal purposes are steadily moving forward, and the Church is still triumphant. Best of all, you can tell them Jesus Christ is still coming again. At His coming He will establish the kingdom of God on earth. In that day everything wrong will be made right.
Rather than jumping on the bandwagon and loading people down with more negative talk, lift them up with a positive, faith-filled word.
Peter said we should always be ready to give an answer to everyone who asks about our hope (1 Peter 3:15). So prepare yourself to be a purveyor of hope, and share an encouraging word.
Pastors Todd & Sheri
January 14, 2021
Events of recents weeks have reminded me of Paul’s warning to Timothy, “But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come” (2 Timothy 3:1).
The cancel culture has swooped down like a bird of prey voraciously devouring the first amendment rights of those deemed unworthy. In what feels like an Orwellian nightmare, many conservative voices have simply disappeared from the public arena without a trace. Others face a jobless future simply because they were aligned with the “wrong” political party and/or ideology.
Thought it could never happen in America? Think again. It’s happening.
What is a believer to do? We must recognize that in its essence this is more than a political or cultural war. We are in the midst of a spiritual battle for the heart and soul of our country. When you consider that America was founded upon Judeo-Christian values, that it has stood in solidarity with Israel, and that it is the greatest missions-sending nation on earth, is it any wonder it has come under attack?
In this battle we need to remember that we do not fight against “flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places” (Ephesians 6:12).
We must also remember that human weapons are totally ineffective in spiritual warfare. So we do what Paul instructed and put on the whole armor of God. This includes the belt of truth, breastplate of righteousness, shoes of the gospel of peace, shield of faith, helmet of salvation, sword of the Spirit, and the powerful weapon of praying in the Spirit (Ephesians 6:14-18).
By taking up the armor of God with the dual weapons of the Word and Prayer, we will be able to resist the enemy and stand firm in perilous times.
One last thought. The Bible presents the idea of the retraining force of the Holy Spirit at work in the church. When all else fails, the omnipotent Holy Spirit is at work in the church holding back the flood waters of evil. The Spirit says to the threatening flood tide, “This far you may come, but no farther, and here you proud waves must stop!” (Job 38:11).
But at the rapture of the church, the restraining power of the Holy Spirit will be lifted and the world will be inundated with wickedness as the earth in Noah’s day was covered with water.
Along with putting on the armor of God, align yourself with the church. Be a committed, active, faithful member of a Bible-believing church. Of all the institutions of earth, the church is the only one that will make it out of this world alive!
Do not be fearful of the perilous times. Stay faithful, focused on our powerful God!
Pastors Todd & Sheri
January 7, 2021
Poor old Jacob was having a terrible time in Genesis 42. Life had evolved into a perfect storm.
Joseph, the son Jacob loved most, was gone and presumed dead. His family was suffering through a prolonged famine. His remaining sons were wrongly accused of being spies. Simeon, Jacob’s second born, had been arrested and imprisoned by a mysterious young Egyptian ruler. And now the demand was given for Benjamin, the cherished son of Jacob’s old age, to appear in an Egyptian court.
It was all too much for the elderly patriarch. Everything was going wrong. At least, that is how he saw it. He complained to his sons, “You have bereaved me: Joseph is no more, Simeon is no more, and you want to take Benjamin. All these things are against me” (Genesis 42:36).
We can’t be too hard on Jacob because there are times we have probably felt the same way. We may have even verbalized it, “All these things are against me.” But Jacob could not have been more wrong.
Joseph wasn’t dead! He was the mysterious Egyptian ruler. The threat of famine would soon be answered by Joseph’s provision. Simeon would be released from prison, and Benjamin would return safe. And best of all, Jacob would be reunited with the son thought to be lost forever. It would all turn in one glorious moment.
In the midnight of his pain and confusion Jacob concluded the worst, “All these things are against me.” I will admit that sometimes life can appear to turn on us. Nothing goes right. Everything goes wrong.
But from the pages of the New Testament the apostle Paul brings a fresh perspective. As a Child of God, all things are not against you. Quite to the contrary. All things are working together for you! How God makes this happen, I cannot explain. All I know is that He does.
When tempted to verbalize Jacob’s bitter complaint, trade in that sad song for the happy melody of Romans 8:28, “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.”
Pastors Todd & Sheri
The Recipe For A Happy New Year
December 31, 2020
I am no cook! However, I know that for a dish to turn out right you have to use all the right ingredients. In 1 Corinthians 13:13 Paul shared his recipe for a happy New Year. It’s a simple recipe containing only three ingredients.
The first ingredient is FAITH. Paul started with faith because it’s foundational. Without faith, nothing else matters. The Hebrew writer said so, “Without faith it is impossible to please Him…” (Hebrew 11:6). Leave off the last three words and the statement still rings true, “Without faith it is impossible…” Since we are saved by faith, live by faith, walk by faith, and overcome the devil by faith, I believe it’s safe to say that without faith the Christian life itself is impossible!
Notice that it isn’t just faith we need. It’s abiding faith. Like a sparkler on the 4th of July, faith that shines for a while only to quickly burn out is of no value. To live life successfully we need abiding faith that will stand the test of time.
The second ingredient is HOPE. Nothing can drain the life out of a person faster than hopelessness. Many today have lost hope because the things they trusted in have let them down. I can think of nothing worse than going through the motions of life with a sense of futility that moans with cynical Solomon, “All is vanity and grasping for the wind” (Ecc. 2:11).
But when you have the fundamental ingredient of faith functioning in your life, you can “rejoice in hope” (Romans 5:2). That’s because your hope is based on faith in the God of the Bible who will never fail you, or forsake you.
The third and final ingredient is LOVE. Paul saved the best for last. The ingredient of love operates on two dimensions: 1) love for God (the great commandment); and, 2) love for others (the second greatest commandment). The first naturally leads to the second. The more you love God, the more you will love others. If your earthly relationships are in need of improvement, just love the Lord more and watch what happens!
As you look forward to 2021, make sure you remember the recipe for a happy New Year. Thankfully, it isn’t complicated. There are only three ingredients. “And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.”
Pastors Todd & Sheri Weston
December 23, 2020
The place is known as the Shepherd’s Field. It’s located in a valley just east of Bethlehem and is believed to be the place where the shepherds were given the news of Jesus birth.
Among the characters of Christmas mentioned by Luke are the shepherds (Luke 2:8). Of all the people living in and around Bethlehem at the time, it’s interesting that God sent the angel to a group of men who took care of sheep for a living.
The occupation dates all the way back to Abel who was “a keeper of sheep” (Genesis 4:2). Some of the greatest men in Bible history were shepherds: Abraham, Jacob, Moses, David, Amos, and others. Even Jesus identified Himself as the Good Shepherd who would give His life for the sheep (John 10:11).
In the earliest stages of society, shepherding was looked upon as an honorable occupation. But that changed as the profession developed something of a bad reputation (Genesis 46:34). The job of a shepherd was dirty and dangerous work. David didn’t carry a shepherd’s rod and sling just for fun. He used these weapons to protect himself and the sheep from thieves and dangerous predators.
Shepherding was hard work that didn’t always pay well. For twenty years Jacob worked for his father-in-law caring for his flocks. He later complained to Laban, “I worked for you through the scorching heat of the day and through cold and sleepless nights” (Genesis 31:40-41). In spite of personal sacrifice and years of hard work, Jacob’s paycheck had been cut ten times!
For these reasons, the occupation didn’t normally draw the top of the class. The profession wasn’t for the highly educated and ambitious. Shepherds tended to be from the lower rungs of society. They took the job because they usually had no other work options.
And yet it was to a group of shepherds the news of Christmas was first given. As one writer observed, “when God’s messenger said he came to bring good news to all people, he demonstrated it by starting at the bottom.”
Not only that, but the first recorded New Testament evangelists were shepherds! As Peter and Andrew left their nets, the shepherds left their flocks and went proclaiming the things they had seen and heard. Who better than a shepherd to tell about the Lamb of God who came to take away the sin of the world?!
The good news of Christ’s birth is for everyone and can be shared by anyone, not just a select few. Having received the good news for yourself, be sure to follow the example set by the shepherds and tell others.
“Go, tell it on the mountain,
Over the hills and everywhere;
Go, tell it on the mountain
That Jesus Christ is born”
Pastors Todd & Sheri
From our family to yours, a very Merry Christmas and God’s best in the New Year!
God Is For Us
December 16, 2020
Towards the end of Romans chapter 8 Paul presented a series of searching questions beginning with this one found in v31, “If God is for us, who can be against us?”
The question is obviously rhetorical. The word “if” does not raise a question of doubt, but presents a statement of certainty. The question isn’t “if God is for us” in the sense that maybe He is, but maybe He isn’t. The idea is “since God is” or “because God is.”
While reading a book the other day on the 8th chapter of Romans, I was drawn by the author to the words, “God is for us.” Let those words settle deep in your spirit. God is not against us. God is for us. There is significance found in each of those four words. Say the phrase out loud emphasizing each word —
— GOD is for us
— God IS for us
— God is FOR us
— God is for US
Almighty God is for us. Not was for us until we blew it. Not might be for us if we can ever get it right again. He is for us right now! That does not mean He endorses our wrong behavior. It does mean that through it all He continues to love us with unfailing love (Romans 8:38-39).
Because God is for us, Paul argued, “who can be against us?” Who? What? I can think of a lot of things that come against the people of God. Can you? Paul could. He told the Church in Corinth, “For a great and effective door has opened to me, and there are many adversaries” (1 Corinthians 16:9).
Who can be against us? Paul spoke for all of us, “There are many adversaries.” But the point of the rhetorical question is this: Since God is for us, who or what can possibly prevail against us?
We might be pressed on every side by troubles, but since God is for us we are not crushed. We might be perplexed, but because God is for us we are not driven to despair. We might be hunted down, but since God is for us we are never abandoned. We might get knocked down, but because God is for us we are not destroyed.
Imagine the total frustration of our adversaries when having done their worst, God is able to make “all things work together for [our] good” (Romans 8:28). What hope do the enemies of our soul have when God turns their curses into blessings? (Numbers 23:11) Even Satan’s seemingly air-tight case against us falls apart when presented at the throne of superabounding grace!
“Who is against us” does not mean there are no adversaries. It means their strength is utter weakness when compared to the omnipotence of God who is for us.
Our adversaries lose and we win all because “God is for us.”
Pastors Todd & Sheri
A Seat At The Table
December 8, 2020
The scene was the royal dining hall in Jerusalem.
Seated at the head of the table was David the giant killer, the psalm writer, the leader of leaders, the extraordinary king of Israel who set the standard by which all future kings would be judged.
Seated around the table was a group of men whose names ranked in the top echelon of Who’s-Who in Israel. There was Joab, the capable general of the armies of Israel. Next to Joab was David’s chief counselor Ahithopel, a man of such notable wisdom that “every word Ahithophel spoke seemed as wise as though it had come directly from the mouth of God” (2 Samuel 16:23).
Scattered around the table were the members of the renowned group known as “David’s Mighty Men” (1 Samuel 23:8-39). Each man was an MVP, a first round draft pick, a repeat Pro-Bowl selection, an honored member of the Hall of Fame.
Seated at the table were the king’ sons. There was Amnon, David’s firstborn dreaming about his half-sister Tamar. There was Absalom, combing his long black hair as he admired himself in a mirror. And there was Solomon the future king, reading a book and jotting down copious notes.
Everyone at the table was a somebody with credentials. Though seated, they were waiting for the arrival of the last guest before dining. They could hear the approach of his crippled feet as he shuffled along the hallway leading to the banquet room. His name was Mephibosheth. As he slowly made his way to the table, David smiled in fond remembrance of his best friend Jonathan, Mephibosheth’s father. With this last guest now seated at the table, the dinner officially began.
Glancing at Mephibosheth seated among this group of elites, we know he had not always been lame. His condition came as the result of a terrible fall. And yet in spite of his imperfect condition, he was given a permanent place at the king’s table. What inspired David to extend such kindness? He told Mephibosheth “I will surely show you kindness for Jonathan your father’s sake” (2 Samuel 9:7). Mephibosheth was given a place at the table because of his relationship to Jonathan.
Like Mephibosheth we have all been crippled by a terrible fall. As a result, like Jacob, we all walk with a noticeable limp. There are no perfect Christians. No one escapes this life without some battle wounds. And yet God has prepared a place for us at His banquet table. Imagine that! We are seated with prophets, apostles, kings, and other great heroes/heroines of faith.
How is it possible? David showed kindness to Mephibosheth for Jonathan’s sake. God extends grace to us for Jesus’ sake, and He does so gladly! Because of our relationship with Jesus we are brought into the presence of the Father and are seated in heavenly places.
With Mephibosheth we have a seat at the table, limp at all. Such is the amazing grace of God!
Pastor’s Todd & Sheri
Thinking Of You
December 1, 2020
Have you ever received a “Thinking Of You” card in the mail?
I’m sure you have. It probably caught you by surprise. It wasn’t your birthday or a holiday when greeting cards are normally sent, so you weren’t expecting it. That’s what made it so special. On an ordinary day you received a card that said you were on someone’s mind.
It always feels good to know that someone you know and care about is thinking about you. During our seven-month engagement Sheri sent me a letter nearly every day. Living alone in another state, her letters meant the world to me. Each and every one was a golden reminder that the person I loved most was thinking about me.
You’ve heard the old adage, “Out of sight, out of mind.” We have all experienced relationships that went the way of all the earth simply because we stopped seeing that person frequently or at all. But the 139th Psalm informs us that we are never out of God’s sight (vv11-12), or His mind, “How precious are your thoughts about me, O God. They cannot be numbered! I can’t even count them; they outnumber the grains of sand!” (vv17-18).
If God were to send “Thinking Of You” cards, do you realize how many you would accumulate over a lifetime? Just go to the nearest beach and starting counting the grains of sand. After you are done, if you are in Florida, you only have another 825 miles of sandy coastline to go. Once you are done counting grains of sand in Florida, you can work on the rest of the world. After you have counted every grain of sand on earth, you can toss the number aside. God’s thoughts about us outnumber even the grains of sand. That’s amazing!
The fact is, God is always thinking about you and they are precious thoughts. The Lord said so Himself in Jeremiah 27:11, “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you…thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.” That’s how God thinks about each one of us.
Not only are God’s thoughts toward us precious, they are constant. God doesn’t cast an occasional thought our direction. He doesn’t forget about us, only to be reminded of our existence when we’ve messed up. God is constantly thinking about us. His thoughts are never interrupted. And while God has another 7.8 billion people on His mind, He has the ability to concentrate on you and me individually all the time. No wonderful David cried out in v6, “Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too great for me to understand!”
Wherever you are, whoever you are, and whatever you are facing today, there is a God in heaven who is thinking about you this very moment. So why not turn your thoughts to Him and pray, “Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. Point out anything in me that offends you, and lead me along the path of everlasting life” (vv23-24).
Pastors Todd & Sheri
November 20, 2020
In the movie classic, The Sound of Music, Julie Andrews sang a song that said, “These are a few of my favorite things.”
One of my favorite things is the annual holiday of Thanksgiving. I love everything about it. I love the time of year with autumn chill in the air and Christmas just around the corner. I love the Fall decorations of colorful mums, pumpkins, hay bales, and all the rest. I love the festive time with friends and family. And I love the Thanksgiving meal. In my book, it just doesn’t get any better than Turkey and dressing, cranberry sauce right out of the can, and pumpkin pie topped with a spoonful (a large spoon) of Cool Whip served with a hot cup of black coffee. Oh my!
A favorite Thanksgiving tradition I failed to mention is the leftovers. Normally, leftovers are nothing to write home about. They are usually eaten out of a sense of obligation. You choke them down because you can’t bear the thought of throwing away perfectly good food.
But when it comes to Thanksgiving leftovers it’s an entirely different thing. I don’t know how it happens, but the Thanksgiving meal is as good if not better the second time around.
On a side note, Sheri’s family introduced me to Thanksgiving leftovers wrapped in Lefse. Lefse is a traditional Norwegian flatbread made from potatoes. Lefse wrapped around turkey, dressing, and cranberry sauce all mixed together is a little bit of heaven on earth! Try it. You’ll like it.
Speaking about favorite things, how about the unfailing mercy of God?!
Jeremiah wrote about it in the Old Testament Book of Lamentations. As the title suggests, the book is a long lament about the state of things in Jerusalem. Simply put, things were not good. As a matter of fact, they were terrible. Jerusalem was destroyed, and her inhabitants were living in captivity. The prophet Jeremiah, along with a few others, had been left behind to bewail the sad state of affairs.
In the middle of the sad song, amid the ruin and rubble of the fallen city, Jeremiah remembered the unfailing mercy of God. Listen to what he said, “The faithful love of the LORD never ends! His mercies never cease. Great is His faithfulness; His mercies begin afresh each morning” (Lamentations 3:22-23).
God’s mercy is like the manna in the wilderness that fed the Children of Israel for 40 years. Each day there is a fresh supply. As one version of Lamentations 3:23 says, “They are new every morning.” No leftovers here. The infinite God has an infinite amount of mercy. It will never run out. Each day is met with an abundant supply of mercy hot off the altar of grace.
I hope you enjoy the Thanksgiving holiday this week. I know I will. Especially the leftovers. But what I will enjoy most of all is giving thanks to God who blesses my life daily with a fresh helping of mercy.
Pastors Todd & Sheri