"For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ

The gospel is good news because it is a gift from God, not something that must be earned by penance or by self-improvement. Sometimes I picture the gospel like a gift box being held out to someone. That person has a choice whether to take the gift or not, and even if they take it, they may not open it for a very long time. They may have been told what is inside — but they can't imagine that it could be true!

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Paul Lewis
Your labor prompted by love

Labor Day was last weekend and it got me thinking about how we view our work and labor. The first mention of labor in the Bible is in Genesis 3:16 where God tells Adam and Eve that it is going to take labor to birth babies. The most precious human gift we receive from God is going to take work! Someone once said, " If raising children was going to be easy, it wouldn't have started with something called labor." From the beginning in our fallen world, anything worthwhile takes labor to birth — an idea. a relationship. an education. a rescue. a ministry!

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Paul Lewis
“Blessed are all who fear the Lord, who walk in obedience to him.”

We often grow up with a negative view of obedience from our childhood, especially if we have had a hurtful experience. You may not see obedience to God as the gift that it is, because it has become twisted and redefined by sinful man like so many things that God created to be good and a blessing to you. 

At the recent Gogo retreat we talked about the meaning and blessing of obedience to God. Here are a few of the thoughts we shared together…

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Paul Lewis