—Oswald Chambers, My Utmost for His Highest (8 January, "Is My Sacrifice Living?")
Definitely feeling a groove, which is very nice. So many encouraging things with John's transition into the pulpit. Felt a good vibe at staff meeting yesterday; I think Phil did, too. Congregational meeting this Sunday will be a great opportunity for the church to be called back to the same page on our vision. I think God has been preparing us for this.
The way He works redemption is breathtaking. It's all over the history of our church. Starting this Sunday, John will begin preaching a series of sermons on the "I am"s of Jesus. Unknown to him (until yesterday), this very topic was the first series preached at our church, back in winter of 1998— the first sermon title ("I Am the Bread of Life") the very same. Coincidence? Hardly.
Concurrently, I'm feeling myself drawn back to the truth, able to shake a temptation or two when I realize that, regardless of how appealing they may be, they are ultimately lies. I try to sell myself back into slavery far too easily and often. It is a rich and transforming grace to be made aware of this, still moreso to see that His motivation for opening my eyes and strengthening my heart is nothing less than amazing, eternal love for me. For me! Staggering.