In Christ to you all on this Thursday, February 22, 2018,
“But in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect.” I Peter 3: 15
During our Wednesday evening Lenten services, Pastor Moore has challenged us with this thought: In seven words describe what Jesus has accomplished for you that you could tell someone who asks you. You know—you’ve heard the Gospel message spoken, taught, sung, and preached hundreds maybe thousands of times. Now, try bringing this life-saving message down to seven words; yep, only seven. I pray this plagues you and rolls through your mind over, and over, and over again; that you would write it out; that you’d cross out and rewrite, and rewrite again and again, and that finally you’d settle on seven words, which too may even be rewritten over time. This exercise gets you thinking and mediating on God’s Word, upon what’s at the heart of our Christian faith, as well as what gives you words to share when witness opportunities arise, and they will arise. Look around you; people are spiritual hunting all the time; hearts are empty, unfulfilled, and even left in shambles because the world’s “fun” didn’t work to fill what only Christ Jesus could fill. Seven words—God’s peace and blessing—enjoy!
- Prepare us Holy Spirit with Your life-saving message that only You can provide us. Your message from Your heart to save sinful mankind through Your dear Son, Jesus; a love so deep that You gave everything You had to find, rescue, and seal Your saints for all eternity. Walk with us Holy Spirit in Your Gospel love and message, that Your fruit (love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control) in our lives would be evident to all in Jesus’ Name. Amen!
- Lord Almighty, comfort Joyce, the daughter of Mike Roffler who passed away last evening with Your sweet and abiding comfort and peace that embraces with the knowledge of the eternal resurrection and reunion with You forever. Thank You for Mike’s faithfulness to You in his life, and to which he now is experiencing and hearing Your Words, “well done thou good and faithful servant.” Continue to lead us all faithfully onward Jesus until we too are united with You forever. Lord in Your mercy—We pray this prayer in Jesus’ Name.
Seven Words. RCC