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Pandemic: Memorable in good ways and bad

Dear Friend,

Here we are again at the middle of another eventful year, memorable in good ways and bad. We’ve read too many heartbreaking headlines, seen too many innocents harmed, and witnessed global events beyond our control.

All of that is true, but there is still good news for which to thank God. Salvation is still a reality. Grace is still poured out on us, despite our failures. And hope for eternity still drives those who’ve placed their hope in Him. That is the headline news that keeps us faithful and steady even today!

Salvation, from beginning to end, is a work of our Father.  God doesn’t stand on a mountain and tell us to climb it and find him.  He comes down into our dark valley and finds us.  He doesn’t offer to complete the work if we will start it.  He does all the work, from beginning to end.  He washes our sins without our help. What a gift God has given you.  Your salvation is guaranteed.  Your name is written in the only book that matters.

This is the message of God, the promise of grace.  Grace is entirely God’s.  No condemnation, Scripture says. Not limited condemnation or appropriate condemnation. That’s what people give. What does God give his children? No condemnation.  Let this promise be declared: “There is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus” (Romans 8:1).  And because God’s promises are unbreakable our hope is unshakable!

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