gospel wednesday

GW

The love of Jesus.

Have you thought about it today, yesterday…ever?

It is my prayer that one lost soul would read this and come to faith, come to life, and deeply love Jesus. That one lost soul would read about the LOVE of Jesus and be humbled, amazed, and broken before the King of Kings. That one lost soul would be at peace in their Makers arms.

When I was fourteen I was brought to my knees by the love of Jesus. I always knew there was a God, but at that age I suddenly became very aware of love. Not just any kind of love, but the love of Jesus found in the gospel: forgiveness of sin, healing, comfort, freedom, rest, redemption, righteousness, and an everlasting relationship.

Enjoy this prayer about TRUE Love and believe.

LOVE

Lord Jesus,

Give me to love thee, to embrace thee,

though I once took lust and sin in my arms.

Thou didst love me before I loved thee, 

an enemy, a sinner, a loathsome worm.

Thou didst own me when I disclaimed myself; 

Thou dost love me a son, and weep over me as over Jerusalem.

Love brought thee from heaven to earth, 

from earth to the cross,

from the cross to the grave,

Love caused thee to be weary, hungry, tempted,

scorned, scourged, buffeted, 

spat upon, crucified, and pierced.

Love led thee to bow thy head in death.

My salvation is the point where perfect created love

and the most perfect uncreated love meet together;

for though dost welcome me … rejoicing.

this love is not intermittent, cold, changeable;

it does not cease or abate for all my eternity…

…Thy infinite love is a mystery of mysteries,

and my eternal rest lies in the eternal enjoyment of it.

– A collection of Puritan Prayers & Devotions

Enjoy your Wednesday! If you would like to share when you first experienced the love of Jesus, I’d love to hear about it in the comments below!

xo sarah

gospel monday

Good morning friends. I hope the day the Lord has made is finding you blessed and with much joy!

Gospel Monday

Today, I wanted to share about an incredible experience I had last night. Every year our church plans a night of signing Christmas carols, reading the Christmas story, and eating lots of cookies & hot cocoa in the park. It’s called Christmas Under the Stars.

I never knew that when I showed up to the event three years ago, it would become my absolute favorite Christmas tradition. There is just something so special about bundling up, gathering together, and proclaiming the true meaning of Christmas under thousands of white twinkling lights.

CUS 1

Hopefully this picture can somewhat display how incredibly lovely the night is. It was such a cool experience to hear the train go by behind us and sing songs of truth with our community. Last night, we remembered that it’s a blessing to give gifts at Christmas – especially in light of the fact the Jesus is the greatest gift of all.

God sent His only Son to be born of of virgin and she was to name him Jesus. Jesus, being fully God and fully human, lived a sinless life to one day die. He died for a very real and specific purpose: to save His people from their sins. He bore the shame of the cross and died a horrific death so that we would no longer perish, but inherit reconciliation, righteousness, and eternal life with God (John 3:16).

CUS 2

There was a song last night that really reminded me of God’s perfect plan and why we celebrate Christmas. We all probably know it; it’s called Oh Holy Night. This is my favorite part of the song:

Truly He taught us to love one another; His law is love and His gospel is peace.

Chains He shall break for the slave is our brother; And in His name all oppression shall cease.

Sweet hymns of joy in grateful chorus raise we, Let all within us praise His holy name

Christ is the Lord! Oh praise His name forever! His power and glory forevermore proclaim.

Merry Christmas friends! I hope you can celebrate Christ this beautiful season!

What is your favorite way to celebrate Christmas?

xo sarah

gospel monday

Gospel Monday

This is what Romans says about humans: Romans 3: 10-12, “None is righteous, no, not one; no one understands; no one seeks for God. All have turned aside; together they have become worthless; no one does good, not even one.

This is what the Psalms says about humans: Psalm 32: 1-2Blessed is the one whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered. Blessed is the man against whom the Lord counts no iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no deceit.”

So, if none of us are good  –  not even one of us  –  how will this sin of ours be covered? How will we be blessed in the Lord finding no iniquity in us?

The answer is so simple and so profound.

Jesus Christ.

Romans 8: 6-11 says this, “For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. For one will scarcely die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die—but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Since, therefore, we have now been justified by his blood, much more shall we be saved by him from the wrath of God. For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life. More than that, we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.

Reconciliation! Is HAS been accomplished. For those who trust in the truth of the Gospel and exalt Christ as Savior and King, there is fulfillment and satisfaction in God’s promise of true reconciliation. We have God’s: stamp of approval, righteousness, and protective covering. ALL because of Jesus.

This is good. We are not good, but Jesus is. And He is enough. Always enough.

Prayer: What a relief to have a clean slate before you, God. I am well aware of my sinful flesh and my disobedience to you. But because of your grace and mercy, my sin does not have the last word in my life. You do, Jesus. And you spoke words of hope over your children: IT IS FINISHED.

Amen.

xo sarah

gospel monday

Gospel Monday

I know it was yesterday…but I thought I would post a St. Patrick’s themed Gospel Monday. Here is an excerpt from a famous hymn – St. Patrick’s Breastplate:

I bind unto myself the Name,
The strong Name of the Trinity,
By invocation of the same,
The Three in One and One in Three.
By Whom all nature hath creation,
Eternal Father, Spirit, Word:
Praise to the Lord of my salvation,
Salvation is of Christ the Lord.

I bind this today to me forever
By power of faith, Christ’s incarnation;
His baptism in Jordan river,
His death on Cross for my salvation;
His bursting from the spicèd tomb,
His riding up the heavenly way,
His coming at the day of doom
I bind unto myself today.

Christ be with me, Christ within me,
Christ behind me, Christ before me,
Christ beside me, Christ to win me,
Christ to comfort and restore me.
Christ beneath me, Christ above me,
Christ in quiet, Christ in danger,
Christ in hearts of all that love me,
Christ in mouth of friend and stranger.

Lastly, I thought I would give you a verse that gives such encouragement and joy that can be found in in the Lord: Isaiah 41: 9-10 …you whom I took from the ends of the earth, and called from its farthest corners, saying to you, “You are my servant, I have chosen you and not cast you off”; fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you,I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

Jesus is so amazing to pour out His blood for us and forgive all of our sin. Trust on Jesus and receive this forgiveness, freedom and joy everlasting.

xo sarah