Celebrate Jesus May 16, 2022

Celebrate Jesus!

Pastor Tom Joyce

May 16, 2022

 

“Instead, as he who called you is holy, be holy yourselves in all your conduct; for it is written, ‘You shall be holy, for I am holy.’”

I Peter 1:15-16

 

Holiness is for God and those who are just good people, who lead good lives and never do anything wrong; that is what I used to think. How can God ask me to be holy because I certainly do not fit my definition of holy.  Thank God we don’t make the requirements, God does, and God alone.  You are truly called to be holy, not because of who you are but because of who Jesus is and what Jesus did for you. Being holy is experiencing the world through the lens of the love of Jesus, living out the commandments to love the Lord your God with all your heart, mind, soul, and strength and your neighbor as yourself. So being holy is not memorizing every verse in the Bible or being able to sing every Christian song ever written and in the right key. Being holy is just living out the gift of grace in everyday relationships, with those we like, and even with those we may not agree with or understand. Living a holy life is about not being “overcome by evil, but overcoming evil with good.” (Romans 12:21) Holiness is a choice between following the whims of culture or the eternity of Jesus, which is peace, joy, hope, and amazing grace. May you be the very reflection of the love of God in Christ Jesus; it is not only possible it is offered to you today. You are holy because you are loved and precious in the sight of God.



Celebrate Jesus May 9, 2022

Celebrate Jesus!

Pastor Tom Joyce

May 9, 2022

 

“And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

Matthew 28:20

 

No matter where your life is right now, Jesus is reminding you that he is with you always, and always means forever. Another way of thinking about the incredible love that Jesus has for you is just knowing Jesus will always “be there” for you. There was a time in my life that I felt alone and totally going in the wrong direction. Along the path I was on there was a person who handed me a Bible, which I promptly put on a table, left unopened and forgotten. But God had other ideas; the One who promised to be with me always somehow led me to open this little green book and immediately I turned to Matthew 28:20. I was reminded that night that the One who “neither slumbers nor sleeps,” (Ps. 121) had no intention of ever leaving me alone.  So here is the really Good News; Jesus is there for you, no matter what, no matter when, no matter why. When you feel down, remember Jesus is with you. When you feel alone, remember the Creator of the Universe sent his only Son to you and for you, especially you at this very moment.  You are loved by God and that loves comes with an eternal promise that will never be broken; “I am with you always, to the end of the age.”



Celebrate Jesus May 2, 2022

Celebrate Jesus!

Pastor Tom Joyce

May 2, 2022

 

“Beloved, since God loved us so much, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; if we love one another, God lives in us, and his love is perfected in us.”

I John 4:11-12

 

Here is the amazing thing about grace; no matter the road we have traversed, no matter the mess we have made of our lives, God’s love endures for us and in us. St. Paul writes in Philippians 3:13, “Beloved, I do not consider that I have made it my own; but this one thing I do; forgetting what lies behind and straining for what lies ahead.” God’s love is enduring; it heals us from the heartbreaks and sins of our past, abides with us in the present moment, and prepares for us an eternity of peace and celebration of the presence of our resurrected Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  When the love of God abides in us, we cannot help but share that love with those around us. A mother’s love is the witness of God’s eternal love that abides within them; God’s love is perfected in those who love unconditionally. When we celebrate Mother’s Day, we celebrate the women among us who share God’s love that lives within them.  We celebrate those who now fully realize the love of God  as they bask in the very presence of our Lord and Savior and “now rest from their labors.” God’s love for you is forever; it heals you, redeems you, and calls you by name. God put in your path those who remind you of this, “overwhelming, never-ending, reckless love of God.” (Cory Asbury) Celebrate the moms in your life that have shared, and continue to share the love that can only come from God. Thank you Jesus!