A Fresh Start

The new header photo (see above) is one of my favorite photos (though cropped). I took it early one June morning from one of my favorite places, Duck, NC. I love sunrises because no matter what is going on, the sunrise signals that a new day has begun. I get another fresh start.

I am thankful that our God is a God of fresh starts. I am thankful that He took it upon Himself, through the work of the Son, to give us all a fresh start.

So, remember, our God is sovereign and faithful, no matter what we’re going through, He is with us and is not surprised or dismayed. We too need not be dismayed.

Those who trust in the LORD are like Mount Zion,
which cannot be moved, but abides forever.
As the mountains surround Jerusalem,
so the LORD surrounds his people,
from this time forth and forevermore. (Psalm 125:1-2)

Mountains north of George, S. Africa

Because of our complete security in Him, we are safe.

Thanks be to God this Thanksgiving.

Happy Thanksgiving.

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A familiar reminder… a comforting promise…

Sunset, high above and leaving Zagreb

“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”” (Joshua‬ ‭1:9‬ ‭ESV‬‬)

Recently a friend replied to an email with a helpful reminder: God is not surprised by your struggle. The next morning I was reminded that neither is God dismayed. To trust in a truly sovereign God is an incredible blessing. No matter where we are, or where we are going.

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Don’t give in, keep going, we’re in a process… not an event…

Following Jesus and being changed by Him day by day, month by month, year by year is a process.

Through the rough seas on rocky shores,

and through the approach of great dangers…

we hang on to Him, knowing that…

“And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit.” ‭‭(2 Corinthians‬ ‭3:18‬ ‭ESV‬‬)

He is changing us, gradually. So don’t give up!

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A Saturday exhortation!!!

“Therefore choose life, that you and your offspring may live, loving the Lord your God, obeying his voice and holding fast to him, for he is your life and length of days, that you may dwell in the land that the Lord swore to your fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give them.” ‭‭(Deuteronomy‬ ‭30:19b-20‬ ‭ESV‬‬)

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A worthy objective for training the heart and the mind…

To join the psalmist in this exclamation:

“for I find my delight in your commandments, which I love. I will lift up my hands toward your commandments, which I love, and I will meditate on your statutes.” ‭‭(Psalms‬ ‭119:47-48‬ ‭ESV‬‬)

The discipline of sitting and reading God’s love letter to us forms our mind.

We may not get it at first, but like the waves gradually change a coast line, His word gradually changes us. Sit and read and you will grow to find delight in His word. This is one fruit of the discipline of reading.

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sitting and walking together as an important means to disciple making

In a very helpful teaching last Sunday, Geoffrey Maurer used Colossians and Hebrews to urge us on to disciple making. You could invest 34 minutes and listen HERE.

In this sermon we’re challenged to consider how we are able to be faithful in walking with fellow disciples.

So:

With whom are you sitting?

With whom are you walking as fellow disciples of Jesus?

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Remember, He FINISHED his work so you can move forward.

When you feel shame, look to Him. When someone puts shame on you, look to Him!

We are all a mess. That’s why he came! Don’t live any longer in shame or guilt or bitterness, look to the finished work of Jesus! Consider Isaiah’s words…

“…he poured out his soul to death and was numbered with the transgressors; yet he bore the sin of many, and makes intercession for the transgressors.” ‭‭(Isaiah‬ ‭53:12‬ ‭ESV‬‬)

He paid for sin. Confess, repent, forgive, move forward!

Don’t dwell in bitterness and contempt.

God doesn’t.

As his disciple, you must not either.

He paid for sin. Confess, repent, forgive, move forward!

http://bible.com/59/isa.53.12.esv

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