As We Gather...Today's reading from
Romans begins, "Since we have been justified by faith, we have
peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ" (Romans 5:1). This
peace includes what we usually think of as peace: the
animosity and warfare. Yet this peace goes even deeper. The peace
we have with God through our Lord Jesus Christ is like the peace of
a two-year-old asleep and draped over her mother's shoulder-she
trusts her mother, letting her limp body completely rely on
her. Augustine famously wrote, "Our hearts are restless until
they rest in You." Lent is the Church's invitation to you to find
peace in the gift of being justified by faith, and thereby to
experience the peace of God that surpasses all human
understanding. As Jesus daily restores your
relationship to God the Father, may the power of the Gospel help
you in your daily relationships with others.
Bible Reading Plan: Meditation
on the Book of Romans
Read each passage two or three times. Then as you look at the
passage, ask the Holy Spirit to bring to light a verse or an
idea on which you can focus. Chew on it; concentrate onit, so that
it reaches your heart. Then take a moment to write down the thought
or verse on the line provided. Download HERE.
Listen to these sermons
One: Heart Trouble: "There must be more to
life than this."
Two: Heartaches: "There's a war going on in
Three: Heartaches Older than You: "But it's
always been this way."
Four: Heartbreak Highway: Why are Relationships
Five: Heart Pumping Like Thunder: "I'm Not
Gonna Take it Anymore!"
Six: Heart of a Lion: "Endless