Gateway Friends -
Grace and peace to you this week. Last Sunday, we read from John's Gospel and discovered two vital words for our lives. We desperately need these two words on a daily, if not hourly, basis. Jesus demonstrated these two words, and lived them out during his 33 years on this earth. The words cannot be separated or treated as independent from each other. In fact, the two words are interdependent and extremely necessary for our witness to the world.
The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. John 1:14 NIV
Do you see the keywords? Hint: "full of..." Jesus was and is full of grace and truth. We also must live in the healthy tension of these two words - in our relationships, at our workplaces and schools, in our hobbies, in every conversation. Grace and Truth! Not half-full of grace and half-full of truth. Not full of grace and partially full of truth. FULL OF GRACE AND FULL OF TRUTH. Just like Jesus, Friends, every day we get to choose how we will respond to crisis, chaos, celebration, winning, and losing. Join me and pursue a life lived full of grace and full of truth.
Stacey and I will be lifting you up in prayer during this exciting season at Gateway. Thank you for your prayers as we embark upon this season of rest and recharge. Most of June, we will be travelling to a conference in Nashville, a retreat in Virginia, and reconnecting with family throughout the Midwest. While we're away, there are a few ways you can best support us during Sabbatical. Pray & Stay.
My specific prayer for you may be found in today's devotional reading: 1 Thessalonians 3:11-14 Message
May God our Father himself and our Master, Jesus clear the road to you! And may the Master pour on the love so it fills your lives and splashes over on everyone around you, just as it does from us to you. May you be infused with strength and purity, filled with confidence in the presence of God our Father when our Master Jesus arrives with all his followers.