8/26 Pastor’s Perspective
Dear Calvary Family,
Once again, I am so looking forward to our time in the Word on Sunday morning! In our study of Luke 7, we will see how love and forgiveness can change everything about our life. An unnamed woman in this story had a reputation of sinfulness and shame. This woman was ridiculed for how she came to Jesus. The religious leaders did not see her as Jesus did, they only saw her in light of her past. Through her simple, but desperate faith, she was instantly and miraculously forgiven and saved.
The miracle of the gospel continues today, right here among us at CCF. How desperate are you for a touch from God? Are you willing to be misunderstood by others when you cry out to God? While even the disciples of Jesus were questioning her sincere plea for mercy, Jesus was already writing her name in the scroll of the beloved! The final words of Jesus to this woman were, "Your faith has saved you; go in peace." The peace that follows forgiveness is a continued blessing that will guard our hearts from despair. May each of us receive this forgiveness and peace from God, and may we grant this same forgiveness to those around us. May the miracle of the gospel continue to grow among us, and into our community. He who is forgiven much, will love much!
It is that time of the year when children are returning to school, college students are moving in, and coaches, staff and professors have transferred. May God throw open the door to reach our community with the good news of Jesus Christ. May each of us prayerfully consider the work God has prepared for us to do in welcoming each one into our community, especially those choosing to worship among us. Let's serve together in shepherding the flock of God among us, and may that flock grow to the glory of God.
See you on Sunday,