“But immediately Jesus spoke to them and said, Take heart, it is I; do not be afraid.” Matthew 14:27

Maybe it is rough seas, or perhaps a chronic illness or insidious diagnosis.  It may be financial uncertainty or even a weather front threatening damaging winds and rain.  Fear seems to be a human response to the unknown or darkness that could be hiding dangers real or perceived.  Faith is about knowing that no matter where our path takes us or how much fear wells up inside us, we have a Savior who comforts us especially in times such as these.  Unless you have eyes in the back of your head, it is hard to see God when your back is turned while trying to navigate the waters of life alone.  God is waiting for you to turn around to see the transforming grace that is offered to you, even in times of challenge and fear.  The peace that Jesus offers you is the promise that you are never alone, and there is light even if you are blinded by the unknown.  Though fear is a natural response, because you are loved by God through Jesus Christ, it need not be a part of your life anymore. The joy of living is made real when you accept the promise of Jesus that he will be with you now, “even to the end of the age.”

Pastor Tom

“What If…?”

“Indeed, God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.”

John 3:17

 

What if instead of rushing to judgment every time we hear something we disagree with we would celebrate the opportunity to hear the opinions of others?  What if we saw beyond gruff exteriors and saw a child of God who has a family, friends, and a life that may have challenges beyond what we see?  God answers these questions with the eternal gift of grace given through our Lord Jesus.  Grace is a gift that allows us to see people as God sees them, not as we may judge them.  Grace is sharing the same love that God shares with us, no matter the path we have chosen for our life.  God is working within us to make all things new, to forgive us when we do and say stupid things that hurt others and ourselves.  God did not send Jesus to condemn our lives rather Jesus comes to us to offer grace to all who acknowledge the need for a change in how we live and view the lives of others.  God loves you more than you will ever know and loves those that you meet along the journey of life as well.  Just as God sent Jesus to offer grace, not condemnation, let us share the same grace to the world around us.  Imagine how the world and our relationships would change if a celebration of grace was offered rather than a rush to judgment.   The “what ifs” can be a reality if we turn through faith to the Lord of Lords and King of kings.

Pastor Tom