✝ Encouraging Words for Today

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
~ Romans 15:13

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✝ Encouraging Words for Today

Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom. He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.
~ Isaiah 40:28-31

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Sunday Worship Service ~ March 21, 2021

Let the Kernel Fall! ~ John 12:20​-33

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Virtual Easter for Kids ~ March 27 (register by March 22)

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✝ Encouraging Words for Today

You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.
~ Psalm 16:11

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Can one man make a difference?

Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all men, because all sinned—for before the law was given, sin was in the world. But sin is not taken into account when there is no law. Nevertheless, death reigned from the time of Adam to the time of Moses, even over those who did not sin by breaking a command, as did Adam, who was a pattern of the one to come. But the gift is not like the trespass. For if the many died by the trespass of the one man, how much more did God’s grace and the gift that came by the grace of the one man, Jesus Christ, overflow to the many!  ~ Romans 5:12-15

Albert Einstein changed the world of physics. Martin Luther King Jr. brought momentum to the civil rights movement. President Abraham Lincoln kept the United States unified. Each reader could add to this list, thinking of an individual who made an impact in his life personally or on a significant portion of the world. A long philosophical discussion could ensue if one were to debate if one person can single-handedly affect every person who has lived, is living, or will live.

Yet in the course of four sentences, the apostle Paul in Romans chapter 5 identifies two such individuals, Adam and Jesus. Adam was created perfect, in the image of God with the ability not to sin. Yet shortly after his glorious creation, he disobeyed the Lord by eating from the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil (See Genesis 3). This was the first sin and brought sin into a perfect world to be passed on to every human since. Adam made a difference. He brought the reality of sin and the consequence of sin, eternal death, into each of our lives. We live under this curse.

Jesus, on the other hand, came to overcome what Adam’s actions had produced. Jesus’ perfect life, innocent death on the cross and glorious resurrection secured the contents of a gift God has given to the world: forgiveness and the promise of eternal life. In Christ, God has declared the whole world not guilty! God has made his grace, undeserved love, overflow to many!

Lord Jesus, thank you for doing all that is necessary for my eternal security. Lead me to receive your gift by faith, trusting that in it I find full forgiveness and certainty of an eternal life with you. Use me to share this gift with others who do not know about it. Amen.

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✝ Encouraging Words for Today

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade.
~ 1Peter 3-4a

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✝ Encouraging Words for Today

The Lord reigns, he is robed in majesty; the Lord is robed in majesty and armed with strength; indeed, the world is established, firm and secure.
~ Psalm 93:1

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✝ Encouraging Words for Today

The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake.
~ Psalm 23:1-3

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✝ Encouraging Words for Today

Blessed are those who have learned to acclaim you, who walk in the light of your presence, Lord.
~ Psalm 89:15 NIV

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