We had a fabulous time at the photo scavenger hunt. I showed a quick slide show on Sunday. Watch the web site and Facebook for more pictures.
Praise the Lord! It happened. The load of woodchips came in yesterday and will be delivered today. That means we need all hands on deck to help spread the 20 cubic yards of playground woodchips. With 20 people, it shouldn’t take us more than 3 hours. And if we get done early, there is another wheelbarrow and shovel project that also needs attention. The fun starts Saturday at 8 am. NO BASKETBALL.
Our volleyball teams are doing very well. Watch the schedule for dates and times. Go Crusaders!
Next Sunday, 9/27, is our Sunday Funday. Pastor Robert Fleischman from Christian Life Resources will be here. In Bible class, he will lead us in a study of homosexuality, gay marriage and current laws. In worship, he will preach on Jesus’ love for children. After church, he will briefly speak about the work of Christian Life Resources and how they are preparing for his retirement. Also, the kids of the school will be singing and there will be a special family scavenger hunt around campus. It will all be over by 12:30.
Those are the highlights. Now on to today’s devotion:
Better than I Deserve
Seek the LORD and live, or he will sweep through the house of Joseph like a fire…For I know how many are your offenses and how great your sins…Seek good, not evil, that you may live. Then the LORD God Almighty will be with you, just as you say he is…Perhaps the LORD God Almighty will have mercy.
Better than I deserve. If you’ve ever listened to Dave Ramsey’s radio show (AM 540, 3:00-6:00 M-F), he always answers that way. “Hey, Dave, how are you doing?” “Better than I deserve.” Dave’s answer is a testament that all he has belongs to God. What we have is a gift of God’s grace.
During the days of the prophet Amos, many Israelites were doing better than they deserved. But it came at the expense of the poor, hard-working, honest people of their country. So, God declared that they would get what they truly deserved—his just punishment for their evil.
Have our lives displayed the same kind of injustice? Have we tried gaining a better life than we deserve at the expense of others? Have we ignored those in need? Have we hated evil, or have we tolerated—perhaps even embraced it?
“I know how many are your offenses and how great your sins,” God declares. What do we deserve for our offenses against him? We deserve to have God turn against us. We deserve to be swept away and devoured by the fire of his perfect justice. We do not deserve God’s mercy.
Yet, in Christ, we have received God’s help. In Christ, God came to be with us. God didn’t wait for us to seek him. He came to seek and to save the lost. On the cross Jesus accepted our guilt. He faced the full force of God’s judgment, shielding us from the fire of God’s wrath.
Because of God’s great love for us we are not consumed. Through faith in Christ, we have the forgiveness of sins, deliverance from death and the devil’s power, and the sure hope of eternity in heaven.
So, the next time someone asks you how you are doing you can tell them truly, “Better than I deserve.”
Lord Jesus, thank you for treating me better than I deserve. Help me to show the same kindness and goodness to others. Amen.