From My Pastor

God’s thoughts towards you are so….______________.
What word first comes to your mind/heart? Really ponder this.
Now consider: “How precious are your thoughts about me, O God. They cannot be numbered! I can’t even count them; they outnumber the grains of sand!” (Psalm 139:17, 18a in NLT)
Our Father has such tremendously good and kind thoughts about/toward you. You are his. He claims you as his own. He calls you son or daughter, and he purposefully chose you in Christ. Another way to articulate this: you’ve been adopted. Purposefully chosen. Brought into his family through his Son. Thus the scriptures read, “God, for whom and through whom everything was made, chose to bring many children into glory.” (Hebrews 2:10)
While you may struggle with good thoughts about yourself, God is free towards you. All of what could be held against you was put on Jesus as he hung on the cross. Now, we receive from his fullness of grace. This grace equates to complete forgiveness, but also to the remaking of who we really are: “For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in the present age, waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for himself a people for his own possession who are zealous for good works.” (Titus 2:11-14)
Pastor Chris Manginelli (3-7-2013)