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Sunday, Dec. 10th, 2017
A guest band was leading praise and worship at our church, and their passion for the Lord was moving. We could see—and feel—their enthusiasm.
Then the musicians revealed that they were all ex-prisoners. Suddenly, their songs took on special meaning, and I saw why their words of praise meant so much to them. Their worship was a testimony of lives broken and restored.
The world may embrace success. But stories of failure offer people hope too. They assure us that God loves us no matter how many times we have failed. In his book Hearts of Iron, Feet of Clay, pastor Gary Inrig writes that what we call the Hall of Faith in Hebrews 11 could well be entitled God’s Hall of Reclaimed Failures. “There is scarcely an individual in that chapter without a serious blemish in his or her life,” he observes. “But God is in the business of restoring failures . . . . That is a great principle of God’s grace.”
I love the comfort of Psalm 145, which speaks of God’s wonderful works (vv. 5-6) and glorious kingdom (v. 11). It describes His compassion (vv. 8-9) and faithfulness (v. 13)—then immediately tells us that He lifts up those who have fallen (v. 14). All His attributes are expressed when He picks us up. He is indeed in the business of restoration.
Have you failed before? We all have. Have you been restored? All who have been redeemed are stories of God’s grace.
Traffic / Weather Forecast
Sunday 12/10 10%
Clear. Lows overnight in the mid 20s.
Monday 12/11 10%
Except for a few afternoon clouds, mainly sunny. High 48F. Winds SSW at 10 to 15 mph.
Tuesday 12/12 20%
Overcast. A few flurries or snow showers possible. High 32F. Winds WNW at 10 to 20 mph.
Wednesday 12/13 0%
Some sun in the morning with increasing clouds during the afternoon. High 37F. Winds SW at 10 to 15 mph.
Thursday 12/14 20%
Cloudy. A few flurries or snow showers possible. High near 40F. Winds WNW at 10 to 15 mph.