Every Thursday I’ll send a note to your inbox with a devotional thought designed to help connect you with God, information about what’s going on at The Church at Clayton Crossings, and some fun facts to help us get to know one another.
What I’m thinking:
I know you’ve seen them. They are the true kings of late-night TV programming.
I’ve always been amazed that within a 30-minute span of time someone can convince me that I NEED something to make my life blissfully easy. Everyone is always smiling in infomercials, right? Who would have known that I could be such a Neanderthal without a Super Sucker Rag or Super Slippery Space Omelet Pan?
The folks that write infomercials know how to get you on the edge of your couch with your phone in hand ready to buy. They extol the virtues of their latest invention, prove that your life would be woefully incomplete without it, and BLAM, like a shot between the eyes, they smack you with the phrase that seals the deal.
“But wait, there’s more!”
Some people start giggling with excitement every time they hear that phrase. But others of us, the skeptics, don’t believe anything truly great can cost so little.
What if someone told you that you could get something totally amazing for free? No cost. Not even for shipping and handling.
The skeptics are beginning to outnumber the believers these days. Is there anything really worth having that is free?
Galatians 1:1-5 “This letter is from Paul, an apostle. I was not appointed by any group of people or any human authority, but by Jesus Christ himself and by God the Father, who raised Jesus from the dead. All the brothers and sisters here join me in sending this letter to the churches of Galatia. May God the Father and our Lord Jesus Christ give you grace and peace. Jesus gave his life for our sins, just as God our Father planned, in order to rescue us from this evil world in which we live. All glory to God forever and ever! Amen.” (NLT)
As Paul opened his letter to friends in Galatia, he reminded them they had received something priceless from God for free. They were the recipients of God’s grace. For Paul, “grace” was not a word that he used lightly. Whenever he used it, he was talking about the salvation gift from God through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. As someone who has accepted and received God’s grace, you have been given a gift that is better than any other. It’s a gift you could never afford to buy. It is because of God’s grace you have the hope of heaven for your future. What a gift!
But wait, there’s more!
Paul mentioned another word in his greeting – peace. Did you know that grace brings peace? It’s the ultimate two-for-one deal! Because of God’s grace, you can experience true peace, the peace that can only come from Jesus Christ. That kind of peace is not dependent on individual situations – they can cause you to be only happy or sad, but they cannot provide real peace. Real peace comes from knowing that regardless of what is going on in your world, your perfect heavenly Father desires to use you to accomplish His will on earth. Real peace comes from knowing that you will spend eternity in the perfection of heaven.
May you experience God’s peace because of God’s grace this week!
What I need to remember:
- BAPTISM Plan to bring tissues and your loudest “woo hoo” on Sunday – we’re going to baptize several adults and kids during our 10:30 worship service.
- MEMBERSHIP CLASS Are you considering partnering with The Church at Clayton Crossings? Join us for our no-obligation Partnership Class (formerly MIC) that will give you a peek behind the curtain at who we are and what we do. Here’s the super-short version: we are people who have been rescued by God who are willing to do whatever He asks! Follow this link to sign up.
What I’m reading:
- Lead Like Jesus by Ken Blanchard and Phil Hodges
- Ten Stupid Things That Keep Churches from Growing by Geoff Surratt. This one should be self-explanatory! Geoff is a good friend who wrote a hard-hitting (yet funny and slightly irreverent) book.
What I’m listening to:
- The Simple Fear by Brooke Annibale. More mellow acoustic stuff this week – it was another heavy one!
- Better Days by Robbie Seay Band. I met Robbie several years ago and have been a HUGE fan of his music ever since.
John Sanders is the non-stuffy pastor at The Church at Clayton Crossings. His primary mission is to help people find and follow Jesus. Additionally, he longs to write like the child of Aaron Sorkin and Dave Barry, preach like W.A. Criswell, look like Bradley Cooper, and eat like he’s seventeen years old. A more complete (and less snarky) bio can be found here.
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