Pastor's Article

There is a new Christian song I have just come across entitled, There Was Jesus. The song is sung by Zach Williams and Dolly Parton. It has a country-rock tune. The message of the song is about how a person discovers that through all the ups and especially downs of life, Jesus was with them. One stanza is a very accurate assessment of reality, “Even when I didn’t know or couldn’t see it, there was Jesus.” Why is it so many people can share that same sense of being able to look back and see how God was guiding them as they navigated through a time of uncertainty? How is it possible so many of us admit we didn’t know how we got through difficult days, but eventually came to see God strengthened us and used other people to strengthen us as well? The answer lies in the second principle we’ll cover this coming Sunday from the work of Dr Henry Blackaby, Seven Realities for Experiencing God. The second principle is that “God pursues a continual love relationship with you that is personal and real.”
God is not a detached divine being who set the universe in motion and then checked out of being involved in the world. The Bible is the story of God’s involvement in the world and that involvement is revealed most completely in Jesus Christ. Jesus promised, “I am with you always, to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:20 God pursues a loving relationship with all people. Once we have said yes to God’s love, God desires for our connection with Him to grow stronger. The Apostle Paul said it like this, “As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, continue to live your lives in him rooted and built up in him established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving.” Colossians 2:6 Paul’s words imply there can be hindrances as God pursues a loving relationship with us. There are also steps of faith we can take so as God moves toward us, we are moving toward him. Join us for worship this Sunday as we’ll tune into Exodus 3 and other passages to consider how God seeks to build a relationship with us that is strong, despite what we encounter in life.

It’s All About Him

Pastor Gus

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