I just got advance copies of my newest book project, available for pre-purchase now. This powerful and comforting resource includes an introductory essay by me and another by Don Piper, author of 90 Minutes in Heaven, plus dozens of first-hand accounts about how God shows up in our darkest moments of loss. I know it will comfort you!
January 1, 2021
Our God is ALL about new beginnings. And unlike that gym membership, umpteenth self-help book, trendy diet, or new whatever, God is uniquely able to transform all of our losses, shortcomings and sorrows into something enduringly good for us and others. Better than we can imagine (Eph.3:20-21).
In fact, He uses suffering--of any source--to shape us into our very best selves. What's more, in the meantime, He sees us as the bees knees, flawless and beloved, no matter how truly messed up we continue to be.
The Good News is that His love and goodness toward us is not contingent on our goodness. In fact, our strenuous efforts at self-righteousness are actually barrier to His blessing.
Are you willing to let Him to work in and through you? Are you willing to let go of the old stuff so you can see and embrace the new thing He is doing? Trust Him to do all the heavy lifting. Christ paid the price for our freedom before we even understood our need. Trust Jesus and His finished work. Lean into Jesus. Then expect great things--better than you can imagine!
Love and blessings for a NEW year!
I'm calling this a love letter, because that's the way I hope you experience it. If you've glimpsed yourself and/or feel despair, dread or fear, there's really, really Good News. Check it out.
Is one of your resolutions to grow in your faith or go to church more in 2021? Great decision! If you don't have a church, consider visiting mine: Harborside Christian Church. You can attend from the comfort of your living room.
We're starting the year with a church-wide fast and a series on the heart. Here's the first message. We're also reading through the foundational Gospel of John, the basis of the Love Letter Jesus video I posted above. Consider reading through it. It can change your life if you let it.
You can subscribe by clicking on the video link and subscribing to the Harborside Channel.
I love Mockingbird's short, simple, relevant messages inspired by art, culture, music and life. Here's a good one:
Your Anthropology Determines Your Christology