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Sunday, November 13, 2005

Cheesy grins all round!

Had the privilege of being at a baptismal service tonight where 5 (count 'em, FIVE!!!) young people (i.e.18-25ish I think) were baptised. HALLELUJAH!

Their testimonies were all quite different but, of course, had a common thread - the love and faithfulness of God. Complete love, complete faithfulness, completely worth all we can ever give...which will never be enough but the beauty of the gospel is that that's ok! The price is paid. When Jesus came to earth as a man and died that death on the cross he bore our sins....and then he rose again, showing his utter victory over the powers of hell.

I love hearing stories of how God's worked in people's big ways or small. And tonight i got to hear FIVE of those stories! And i was clsoe to tears.

Why? Simply because God is SO good! SImply because I'm a sinner, but he loves me anyway. Simply because I'm overwhelmed by the freedom I have living for Christ, and that as gift from God himself.

And simply because the gospel is SO simple.

"In Christ alone, my hope is found,
He is my light, my strength, my song.
This cornerstone, this solid ground,
Firm through the fiercest drought and storm.
What heights of love, what depths of peace,
When fears are stilled, when strivings cease,
My comforter, my all in all,
Here in the love of Christ I stand.

In Christ alone, who took on flesh,
Fullness of God in helpless babe.
This gift of life, and righteousness,
Scorned by the ones He came to save.
Till on that cross, as Jesus died,
The wrath of God was satisfied,
For every sin on Him was laid -
Here in the death of Christ, I live.

There in the ground, His body lay,
Light of the world by darkness slain.
Then bursting forth, in glorious day,
Up from the grave He rose again.
And as He stands in victory,
Sin's curse as lost it's grip on me,
For I am His, and He is mine,
Bought with the precious blood of Christ.

No guilt in life, no fear in death,
This is the power of Christ in me.
From life's first cry, to final breath,
Jesus commands my destiny.
No power of Hell, no scheme of man,
Can ever pluck me from His hand,
Till He returns, or calls me home,
Here in the power of Christ, I stand."

(Stuart Townend - 'In Christ Alone')


Cheesy, cheesy grin....


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