Mysterious Ways

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Christ said that he came, not just for us, but “to give his own life in ransom for the many.” (Mark 10:45) As Paul put it, “One died for all.” (2 Corinthians 5:14 ; see Romans 5:18) While no other mediator than the crucified Jesus has reached out to us, we hope that reaching to be the destiny of all. And we, of all people, ought to have deep respect for the mystery of Christ's reaching out to humanity in a myriad of subtle, unrecognized at first, mysterious ways.

Pondering the fate of his fellow Jews, friends and family, Paul rises above the theological hair-splitting and sings: “O depth of wealth, wisdom and knowledge in God! How un searchable his judgments, how untraceable his ways! Who knows the mind of the Lord?” (Romans 11:33-34)

The title of my sermon this week is “34 Years and I Still Can’t Preach.”   The point being, there is a mystery to how spiritual formation happens which no sermon can contain.

See Matthew 3:13-17 for further reflection.

Prayers: For All who mourn the death of Dody Johnson a friend of the Jensen family in Nebraska (Paul Johnson who frequents GGCC is her son); for our elected leaders and for our followership; for the earth.

The Christmas season introduces us to the good news of God's mysterious ways in Christ Jesus. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GQVwYC5pznU  

Still in One Peace,

Pastor David J. Jensen

*Join us in praying the Daily Texts.

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