Scripture says that he who says he is in the light and hates his brother, is in darkness. We will not win the world by how holy we are but by how loving we are.
We are all tempted at times to wonder: Is God’s mind tuned to my heart-cry, my need? Is His eye focused on me now, on my present situation? Will God’s hand reach my way and cover me in time? His Word thunders in response: “If God be for us, who can be against us?” (Romans 8:31).
The whole of Jesus’ teaching ministry centers in these words: “The kingdom of God is at hand” (Mark 1:15). The Kingdom of God is the essence of the Church’s message and life. We are called to the Kingdom’s life and power in the present, while still anticipating its final fullness and consummation in the future.
Memorial Day is not only a time to remember loss, but also to remember hope. Most of all, it's a time to remember Jesus and that He's alive, He's able, He's active, He's alongside us, and He's advancing.
The story of Jesus stilling the tempest begins with “Now it happened, on a certain day....” It was on this “certain” day that the Lord sowed the seed of His word into their hearts and then demonstrated their truth in action. The disciples learned to receive the Word of God on this “certain day” in the manner that you and I are to receive it in all our days, and in the face of whatever storms we find ourselves in.
Father God’s love letter to us is ours to be received every day in His Word. Like a valentine, God’s Word is addressed to us where we are, no matter our current state of difficulty or weakness. It comes with gifts of the Spirit and an inscription...