Sunday, March 14, 2010

super sunday.

inspiration: God's blessings :)

so today was pretty much the most awesome day i've had this entire spring break!
it started off with Grace Acres check in at the 8:30 and 10 o'clock services. I LOVE volunteering in there; even though i'm not with the kids, i still get to see them and talk to them (most of them look at me like im crazy though ;) but i should be used to that. lol) and they're so precious, but at the same time, i know it will be a VERY long time until i have any of my own.

the service today was AMAZING. there was awesome music (Christy Nockels' "A Mighty Fortress" is probably one of my favorite worship songs ever!). and the sermon was SPECTACULAR! it focused on the parable about the Good Samaritan and how Jesus used the most unlikely person (a Samaritan, who was hated by both Jews and Gentiles) to be the "good neighbor" and help the man who had been robbed, beaten, and left to die in the road, even as the priest and Levite crossed to the other side of the road.

we are often called to love those that are "hard to love". Jesus didn't die for only the people he wanted to love. he died for ALL of us, even as we sinned against Him, he still chose to love us. therefore, we should honor that and truly "love our neighbors as ourselves" (and by neighbors, we mean everyone. the sweet old lady who lives next door as well as the other old lady who seemingly nags everyone for everything). it's a hard thing to do sometimes, but that's how we share the Gospel: by living it out!

tonight's Bible study at the Denley's was also INCREDIBLE. Week 3 of the "Alpha" series focused on "Why Jesus Died for Us". the speaker did an incredible job at presenting a principle that's so familiar in a way that was still very relevant and very thought provoking. :) i could literally probably write forever and ever and ever about what he said. but i'll just summarize, i guess:

Romans 3:23 is sort of the "problem": we're all sinners. we can't measure up to God. period.
John 3:16 gives the "reason", "solution", and "result" of why Jesus died for us: God loves us. He gave His only Son to be crucified for us, to take away our sins. Because of His death, when we believe in Him, we are given everlasting life. He is the true propitiation of our sins (see Romans 3:24).

We are wiped clean of our sins, our ransom has been paid, justice has been served and we are truly forgiven, and we become part of Christ's family.

i'm so incredibly blessed. i have this incredibly church community to serve. i have amazing small groups that i meet with every week who are genuinely like FAMILY! :) i have such awesome friends who lift me up to God in my struggles and praise God with me during the good times. i'm so just thankful that I'm so blessed and loved and a part of something that's so wonderful and spectacular.

A mighty fortress is our God,
A sacred refuge is Your name,
Your kingdom is unshakable,
With you forever we will reign

--"A Mighty Fortress", Christy Nockels

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