An Indissoluble Bond
The sacred love-bond that we have with God is indissoluble. It cannot be broken or destroyed. This is not because of the strength of our faith or the quality of our works, but solely due to God’s sovereign grace in Christ. In union with Christ, our salvation is perfectly secure. The gospel, therefore, is a profound comfort to suffering believers who might be questioning God’s presence and love in their lives. Indeed, we are reminded that whatever we are called to endure in this life of exile, we can be confident of at least two things: 1) God is working all things together for our good (read: sanctification); and 2) Nothing can separate us from the love of Christ (Rom. 8:28; 35). Dear believer, your future is secure because the One who holds the future also holds you. Does this reality not stir your heart? Does it not motivate you to glorify God in all things? The love-bond that we have with God, through Jesus Christ, is the glorious and assurance-building message of Romans 8. It’s gospel truth that puts wind in the sails of our faith. “For I am sure that … [nothing] will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Rom. 8:38a, 39b).
Vacation Bible School
The Faith Expedition Vacation Bible School was a smashing success. Close to fifty children and over a dozen workers gathered at Christ Church for three days of learning, growing, and fun. Our sanctuary was transformed into ancient Egypt, largely due to the creative talent of Mrs. Jamie Pepin, and Mrs. Kristin Gee. The children memorized Scripture, sang Bible songs, made unique crafts, and enjoyed recreation and snacks. It was an outstanding week. Many thanks to all those who served the children this week as team leaders, instructors, registrars, nursery workers, song leaders, photographers, and snack helpers. I am always struck by the unique gifts, talents, and servant-heartedness of our membership during VBS week. Moreover, I’m powerfully reminded of the privilege and responsibility we have to disciple our covenant children. “Behold, children are a heritage from the LORD” (Ps. 127:3).
Tithes and Offerings | Summer Giving
The summer months are often filled with vacation and travel. Sometimes changes in our schedules can effect our overall giving. As our giving has been a little down recently (see pg. 15), I want to encourage us all to remember to set aside the first fruits of our income for the work of the kingdom. God is faithful.
Rest & Rejuvenation
My family is very much looking forward to a couple of weeks of vacation at the beginning of July. The Christ Church pulpit will be filled by two very gifted preachers while I am away. Please pray for a restful, refreshing, and rejuvenating time. It is my greatest honor and privilege to be your pastor.