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Our Sins Are Blotted Out

Isaiah 1:18

“Come now, let us settle the matter,” says the Lord. “Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool.

We haven’t had much snow this winter. I for one – really like snow – and not just a little bit. If it is going to be cold (which it has been this winter) and snow (which it has done very little this winter) – I say let the snow come down! I loved the years when we had storms of 12 – 24 – or more inches in one storm. Enough to slow down the area and allow for some home time. I also would like to see some significant snow this winter so I can really get some use out of my new snow blade for my lawn tractor (a John Deere of course – nothing runs like a Deere). I would also like to use my 4-wheel drive some!

One thing I really like about snow – its ability to cover up (blot out) whatever is in the yard. It covers all of the sticks and leaves and if there is any trash – it covers that up too. There are few things better – to me – than getting up early in the morning after a snow – before anyone has walked on it. The whole yard is so peaceful and beautiful – everything covered with a layer of snow. I have a couple of pictures of our home in the snow – and everything is so nice. Continue reading

February 9, 2018 Posted by | Build, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Lenten Thought, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

God’s Grace

Isaiah 1:18

Though your sins are like scarlet, they will be as white as snow;

20140530-104833-38913743.jpgI remember making quite a few mistakes in my day – still do. Some I have made public in sermons or in blog page posts – some I have only confessed to my wife or to God. If I had to add them up I’m not sure I could count that high. I am a sinner! I have fallen short of the glory of God. Can anyone out there identify?

I’ve often described my sins like some of the yards we worked on at my former church – in a project called Bowie StreetReach. It was a project started by our youth ministry – modeled for them on a mission trip to Ireland. They would go throughout an assigned community around the church and offer – weeks ahead of the week set aside for the work – free of charge – to come in and do some yard work. It was often for those who couldn’t afford to pay for the work to be done and folks that couldn’t do the work themselves. These yards were like some of our lives – if not all of our lives – filled with trash and weeds and things we would rather not have in the yard. One home seemed to throw everything they didn’t want in their house out the back window into the yard. It was a waste area – much like the sin in our lives before Christ. Continue reading

June 17, 2014 Posted by | Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Personal, Prayer, Theology | , , , | Leave a comment

   

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