"For it is all for your sake, so that as grace extends to more and more people it may increase thanksgiving, to the glory of God." — 2 Cor. 4:15

July 3, 2016

I am like a green fir tree;
From me is thy fruit found.
HOSEA 14:28

That is God speaking, with a year-round-never-ending offer of spiritual health and vitality and fruitfulness. He is a giving God, always looking for ways to flood our lives with his grace. And it comes to us in a variety of forms and ways.

This summer we are reminding ourselves of the habits of grace, the means God has designed for us to connect with him, to hear from him, to feed off him, and ultimately to grow closer to him in faith and obedience.

The worst thing that could happen is that we view these means as a “to-do list,” as just another added burden to our already busy lives. The fact remains, our God is continually looking for ways to love on us, to commune with us, to be our friend, to draw us closer to him.

For the eyes of the LORD range throughout the earth
to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him.

We have been hardwired to hold conversation with God. We have the unique capacity to become practically acquainted with him.

“I will bring him near and he will come close to me –
for who is he who will devote himself to be close to me?”
declares the LORD.

That is the heart of God. Are you willing to do your part to see this happen?

This coming Sunday, Walt Harrah will help us think about worship as a means God has provided to feed off of Him. Consider the passage below, and ask the Lord to give you a similar longing as the psalmist.

As the deer pants for streams of water,
So my soul pants for you, O God.
My soul thirsts for God, for the living God.
When can I go and meet with God?
Psalm 42:1-2

When can you go and meet with God? This Sunday, 8:00, 9:30 and 11:00 a.m. at Grace EV Free in La Mirada. 12717 Santa Gertrudes Ave, La Mirada, CA 90638. The living God will be there, speaking to us. And grace will be in abundance, as each service will conclude with the taking of communion.

Categories: Sermon Prep (LM)


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