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A Word From the Pastor - June 13 2018

Posted by Aaron Tripp on

Father’s Day is Sunday! I’m excited that we not only get to celebrate our earthly fathers, both spiritual and biological dads, but we also have the privilege to celebrate our heavenly Father. I have a great dad who is always willing to help me no matter what I’m dealing with. Yet, he isn’t perfect, and I know I’m not a perfect father to Connor and Emma. We all make mistakes, but God doesn’t.

He’s always listening, always loving, always caring. His emotions never get out of control and he never responds out of simple emotional anger. He is working all things for my good and wants to see me succeed. This is why Paul writes: “If God is for us, who can be against us?” He comforts, supports, guides, teaches, corrects, disciplines…etc.

Yet, we cannot overemphasize any of these traits to the exclusion of the others. I have a friend that hates the idea of God disciplining his children. His dad was cruel and hurt my friend with his words and his actions. When I attempt to speak of the discipline God provides, he shuts down. He only wants to hear of God’s comfort. Yet, what sort of dad doesn’t discipline his children?

What’s that aspect of your relationship with God that you try to ignore? Are you running from him and think his mercy isn’t big enough to handle your sins? Are you scared of his wrath when you sin ignoring his comfort and love? Our heavenly Father cares for you. He loves more than you could ever imagine. This Father’s Day let us celebrate our earthly dads but let’s remember that they model to us the love that Jesus showed to the world. Our earthly dads reflect who God is…however imperfectly. Father’s Day is a day of worship! I hope to see you Sunday!

 

My sermon on Sunday will come from Mark 14:26–31, 66–72.

P.S. – Call the church if you’re interested in the shooting tournament at the shooting complex this Saturday!

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