The Father’s Delight (Luke 3:22b)

You are my beloved Son.  I take delight in you.  (Luke 3:22b) The steadfast, unchanging posture of God the Father toward God the Son is not dutiful acceptance, but glorious delight. The scandalous, unbelievable truth of the Gospel is that for those who are united with Jesus by grace through faith, the position He has […]

Consistent Fruit (Luke 3:8)

Therefore produce fruit consistent with repentance.  And don’t start saying to yourself, “We have Abraham as our father,” for I tell you that God is able to raise up children for Abraham from these stones!  (Luke 3:8) There’s no point in saying “Jesus changed my life” if your life hasn’t really changed.  Anyone can pray […]

Your father wants you to come home

God’s Hope for Your Heart from Psalm 78 YOUR FATHER WANTS YOU TO COME HOME Their heart was not steadfast toward Him; they were not faithful to His covenant. Yet He, being compassionate, atoned for their iniquity and did not destroy them; He restrained His anger often and did not stir up all His wrath. He […]

Jesus turns your darkness into light

God’s Hope for Your Heart from Ephesians 5 JESUS TURNS YOUR DARKNESS INTO LIGHT At one time you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord.  Walk as children of light, for the fruit of light is found in all that is good and right and true…  (Ephesians 5:8-9) People living in darkness often don’t […]

Jesus bled to bring you close

God’s Hope for Your Heart Ephesians 2 JESUS BLED TO BRING YOU CLOSE Remember that you were at that time separated from Christ, alienated from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world.  But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off […]

God has a lavish redemption for you

God’s Hope for Your Heart from Ephesians 1 GOD HAS A LAVISH REDEMPTION FOR YOU In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace, which He lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight…  (Ephesians 1:7-8) Jesus is not a stingy Savior.  He doesn’t step in […]

Jesus came to set you free from sin

God’s Hope for Your Heart from Galatians 1 JESUS CAME TO SET YOU FREE FROM SIN [The Lord Jesus Christ] gave Himself for our sins to deliver us from the present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father, to whom be the glory forever and ever.  Amen.  (Galatians 1:4-5) Sin is slavery, […]

Jesus wants to free you from regret

God’s Hope for Your Heart from 2 Corinthians 7 JESUS WANTS TO FREE YOU FROM REGRET As it is, I rejoice, not because you were grieved, but because you were grieved into repenting.  For you felt a godly grief, so that you suffered no loss through us.  For godly grief produces a repentance that leads to […]

You are a precious possession of God

God’s Hope for Your Heart from 1 Corinthians 7 YOU ARE A PRECIOUS POSSESSION OF GOD You were bought with a price; do not become slaves of men.  (1 Corinthians 7:23) Commerce buys and sells things of value.  Slavery values things differently.  The more someone pays for something, the more valuable it is to them, but those […]