Stop trying to prove to yourself whether or not you’re lovable if that’s what you’re doing. If you’re anything like me, you’ll never find a reason within yourself. Instead, search the heart of God and listen to Him say to you “I love you.”
Patrick introduces the first Take Note Of This Podcast.
“You know there’s a fine line between imagination and the reality of things…Whatever you might say, it was real to me.” That’s a common sentiment of people who experience paranormal encounters like this. Whatever really happened, whatever the reality of the situation was, the experience felt real. No matter where we ultimately end up on the reality of ghosts or spirits or whatever you might want to call these things, those experiences can’t be dismissed. My hope is that this series might help shine some new light on how we think about ghosts, whether we’re watching Ghost Busters, telling old ghost stories around a camp fire, reading our Bibles, or wondering what’s on the other side of the grave.
Do you realize that Jesus considered you precious? He considered it a joy to redeem you. That’s the love we are rooted in. It’s not our own fickle, fleeting, weak love. It is our Lord’s eternal, unshakable, true love. Jesus is worth the pain. He’s worth the awkward, sheepish shame that so often comes with repentance. He’s worth imprisonment. He’s worth celibacy and ridicule. He’s worth the cost of obedience.
I had the wonderful opportunity to fill the pulpit at By Grace Community Church (PCA) in Newport News, Virginia. It was such a blessing to preach at the church that has poured so much into me over the last six years, and I wouldn’t have chosen any other congregation to preach my first sermon to!