‘Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we boast in the hope of the glory of God. Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us. ‘ Romans 5:1-5
God takes Broken people and does extraordinary things.
When an expert in the law asked Jesus what needed to be done to inherit eternal life, Jesus in turn asked the expert two questions: What is written in the Law (God’s word), and how do you read it (Luke 10:25-26)? Jesus did what He usually did when asked a question – He calls people to a consideration of their heart towards God and other people. The Parable of the Good Samaritan ((Luke 10:25-37) teaches us more than just to be caring/compassionate neighbors it teaches us the necessity of having a heart for God and others if we are going to glorify Him with our lives. God’s word to His people has always been a call for them to examine the Scripture, their actions, and perhaps, most importantly their hearts toward God and other people.
Homecoming is such an interesting idea. It is a big deal in West Texas. We schedule our school homecoming events in the early fall, and they serve as sort of a seed for all our fall/winter holidays season. Most of our fall/winter holidays also tend to serve as a homecoming for family members who have been or moved away. Long before our communities had any notion of a homecoming, our Lord used a parable to teach people about a spiritual homecoming (Luke 15:11–31).
God Loves You
These three little words are true. The message they carry is the gospel message in a nutshell. These three little words are more powerful than sin, Satan, and even death (Rom 1:16; 6:23; Col 1:22; 2 Tim 1:10).
Are you outside of Christ? These words will draw you to Christ, if you let them (Jn 3:16; 6:44-45; Rom 2:4). Are you a member of Christ’s body, abiding in Him, the True Vine (Jn 15:1)? Then remain in His love and rely on the love He has for you (Jn 15:9; 1 Jn 4:16). If we will abide and remain in Him and His love we will bear much fruit (Jn 15:5, 9).
Never, Never, Never Give Up
Psalm 107 inspires us to never give up, because God’s unfailing love rescues, delivers, feeds, satisfies, sets free, and sustains the people who cry out to Him. Regardless, how bad it is, or what they have done and failed at — God listens for their humble cry! His love is faithful, just as He is faithful; His love endures forever!
Shepherd and Ruhtt Mbumwae visit Merkel to give an account of God’s work in Zambia.