First thing my husband and I did after we got up this morning was get ready for church.
We love our church, our pastor, our pastoral staff, our friends, and most of all, we love that God shows up every Sunday and blesses each service.
Today was a great sermon on how much God loves us. That he would do anything to reach out to us and save us. Our pastor used scripture from Luke, Chapter 15 to prove that point.
Luke, Chapter 15 talks about 3 different parables that Jesus spoke of during that time period. These parables included: a shepherd was attending some sheep in the pasture, one of those sheep decided to stray away, and then eventually got lost. The shepherd left the 99 other sheep behind (in a safe place, of course) to go look for that one lost sheep. The second parable was when a woman had lost a coin, in doing so, she decided to "turn her house upside down" to look for this one lost coin, she even had friends come over to help her find it. Lastly, the third parable was about the Prodigal Son, who left his earthly father behind to go party and live his own life (a life of sin), but the son finally came to his senses and decided to go back home. At a far distance, his earthly father saw him and was overwhelmed with joy to see his son come back home.
The point behind all of these parables is to demonstrate how much God loves us and how much He cares for us. He cares enough for us that he would do ANYTHING to save us and to have his children come back to Him. He even went as far as having His ONLY BEGOTTEN SON to come down from Heaven (a perfect place) to be born here on earth (a sinful place), to live, breath, and walk on this earth, and then to DIE FOR US ON THE CROSS (a very brutal way to die) SO THAT OUR SINS WOULD BE FORGIVEN...but it doesn't stop there, God also had His Son, Jesus, to go down into the pits of Hell, grab the keys (look this up in the Bible to see what I mean here, it's good stuff!), and then to be RISEN AGAIN, and to ASCEND INTO HEAVEN TO PROVIDE A PLACE FOR YOU AND ME! Wow! What a God, right?! That He would do alll of that for little ol' you and me...PRICELESS!
The message to the congregants was to not judge others for what they do or where they have come from (as God does not, in the time of Grace), to see the potential in others (just like God sees potential in us), and that we, as people, were created to be ambassadors for Christ. God has chosen US to speak on His behalf to others so that they may be saved, too.
Great message, huh?!
After the sermon was over, our pastor had one of our young adults to come up and pray. Although, he's not one who likes to be bragged about, I can't help but say that God definitely has a great plan and purpose for his life. I believe that he will be used to touch lots of people's lives. May God keep you and bless you through your walk of faith!
Another individual to point out is a teenager in the youth group who won a very important award. This award was from competing nationally in the Church of God Teen Talent...so it's a BIG DEAL, and we are all so proud of her! She won in the Art Division....here is a pic of her artwork and BIG trophy!!
After church, we had lunch at:
And, then the rest of the afternoon/evening consisted of a Sunday afternoon nap, posting wedding photos on Facebook, working on this blog, homework (for my hubby), Froot Loops for dinner ;), and kitty time.
This was my outfit for today (go to "Fashion"):