Hey Trinity Members – Don’t forget the Annual General Meeting on Wednesday, November 29 at 6:30 PM in the Hub. As a member, you get to influence/vote on key decisions and have a voice as to how your church is operated. If you are not a member of Trinity Church, you are more than welcome to come out and listen to the discussions and presentations.
“To him who is able.”
Jude 24 – “To him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you before his glorious presence without fault and with great joy–“
Several times now I have been at the bedside of someone in their final hours of life. Quietly and respectfully standing with family or friends as a loved one passes. What I’ve noticed is the visible and almost tangible difference in the room between those dying peacefully and those fighting it fearfully.
I think one of the reasons there is such a varying joy or tension for the one dying and those watching has to do with hope. Hope for what lies beyond. Hope for eternity. Hope that all is not over. Hope that something good or even someone strong and able is on the other side of death. Hope that their own life has not been lived in vain.
The hard reality is that throughout life each of us place our trust, faith and ultimately hope in something or someone. And all of that investment comes to the surface and is placed under the harsh and unforgiving light of death at the end.
For some a realization hits, like slamming into a brick wall, that chasing fame, amassing fortune, pursuing education, or accomplishing a bucket list of some kind has not provided the hope they are desperately seeking in their final hour.
Only Christ is able to keep me from stumbling. Only Christ is able to carry me through the final gate. Only Christ is able to present me fully alive before the Father.
Father in Heaven,
Strengthen my faith in You, and You alone. Help me live a life that points others to You; our only hope.
“We Proclaim Him.”
Colossians 1:28 – “We proclaim him, admonishing and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone fully mature in Christ.”
The sun was slowly rising as we crossed the state line and entered the warm palm tree paradise of Florida. We had driven through the night from Chicago and could hardly wait to lay our very white bodies down on sandy beaches and listen to ocean tides.
What I still recall with amazing clarity in those last few hours before arrival were the countless number of brightly lit outdoor billboards along the roadside. Each one boldly and often brashly proclaiming the wonders that awaited us. Promises of breath-taking beauty, life-changing experiences, never-ending sunshine and ever-welcoming hosts.
It makes me wonder what I am proclaiming with my one and only life. Am I promising things I simply cannot deliver? Am I exaggerating the joy and peace a temporary here-and-now experience will bring? Like a billboard screaming a message in the pre-dawn darkness that cannot be ignored, am I declaring a truth or pointing to a person that must be acknowledged above all other competing messages?
I want to proclaim Jesus Christ.
Jesus; the Son of God, the promised Messiah, the King of all Kings, the blessed Redeemer, the Lord above any lord, the Saviour of all, the Way and the Truth and the Life.
Father in Heaven,
The Holy Narrative is first and foremost a story about Jesus Christ and His Kingdom. Help me admonish and teach everyone with all wisdom so that everyone may become fully mature in Him.
“For all have sinned.”
Romans 3:22-23 – “There is no difference between Jew and Gentile, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”
We live in a society that seems to suggest there are clear lines of distinction or separation between us. And that these various levels or classes can somehow be earned or lost.
Business class based on fee or air miles has the privilege of boarding first and sipping free orange juice with champagne. Reserved front row seats and prized theatre boxes are for the elite or those with inner connections. The Ivy League graduate, the candidate with the right last name, or the person who donated the biggest gift are moved quickly to the front of the line.
There is however, one deep unchanging element about human nature that transcends every race, gender and age. And even though this inner dark reality, revealed in the Holy Narrative, can be denied or dismissed by some it ultimately cannot be avoided.
What is true of every person who has ever lived or will ever live, including yours truly of course, is that we have all have sinned and fallen short of the mark.
Like an arrow shot towards a target and falling short; my sin has resulted in my broken relationship with God. I stand guilty as charged with no possibility of pardon. Save One.
Father in Heaven,
Have mercy on me for I am a sinner. I have fallen well short of the mark. Forgive my self-righteous attitude towards others. Only by You washing me will I be clean.