3/5/2017 – Chris McNerney

Rick: We’re going to fight…and we are going to lose people…maybe a lot of them…maybe each other even…

Michonne: I can’t lose you.

Rick: Fighting the fight is living. You showed me that. You can lose me. I can lose you. We can lose our friends…people we love. It’s not about us. It’s about a future…

 

Apostle Paul: But realize this, that in the last days difficult times will come…the time of my departure has come.  I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith…

Why do you wake up in the morning? What is the fundamental thing that drives everything else that you do? If we are honest, most days are filled with the urgent demands of the moment. Gotta get to work, gotta pick up the kids, gotta get dinner on the table. But, as Christians we have been set apart by God for a greater hope. Our citizenship is in heaven, and we have been promised life with God and His people forever. But between here and there we are called to fight the good fight. Fights might be fun to watch on Pay-Per-View or in the latest action blockbuster, but in real life they cause pain and suffering. But when what you are fighting for is the ultimate good,  the ultimate truth, and the ultimate hope then we need to encourage one another. With the Holy Spirit in us we have are filled with the same power that raised Christ from the dead and we can trust that God will see us to the end when we will be in His presence forever. So let’s not give up hope in the middle of the battle, but rest in the work of Christ who has conquered sin and death and made us his own.

2/27/2017 – Tom Chang

1 Peter 2:9

One thing I realized today is that birthdays can be a tricky day.  They’re great because it’s a day that many of us can see our friends gathered together.  They’re great because it’s a day that we can eat delicious and yummy favorite foods.  They’re great because it’s a day that many of us will receive super thoughtful gifts.  And they’re great simply because it’s a day that we can celebrate and find much encouragement.  But it can be a day that deceives us to think we are only special if we receive a lot of love and birthday wishes from others. It can be a day that deceives us to think we are only special if we eat fancy foods.  And it can be a day that deceives us to think we are only special if we have all the things we ever wanted.  Yet what Scripture tells us is our value shouldn’t be derived from people, food, or material things but from our Father.  We are His chosen race, we are His royal priesthood, we are a people for His own possession, and we are His people of His marvelous light.  And I know many of us may feel more special when we receive birthday wishes/love than hearing these words, however, if we would only consider the Cross and how God sacrificed His Son (of infinite worth) then what does that tell us about our value/worth?  Who cares about the applause of the serfs when we have the love of the king!  Thus Gracepoint, whether it be birthdays, graduations, or promotions, rather than overly focusing on surroundings, let us look to the Cross that makes all things possible and truly gives us a reason to rejoice and celebrate!