Dear Challenging,

Luke 19:1-10 is a salvation story. Jesus saves. But it was the way he saved and who he saved that got Jesus into trouble. The most challenging thing about salvation in Jesus was Jesus. The story reminds one a bit of the story at Levi’s house in Luke 5:27-32. At the end of that dinner, Jesus says, “I have come to call not the righteous but sinners to repentance.” One of the greatest challenges of the disciples of Jesus is to live salvation as he practiced it.

When asked just who is saved and who isn’t, Karl Barth’s favorite response was to quote 2 Corinthians 5:19, "God, in Christ, was reconciling the world to God's self.” Period.

This Sunday we welcome to the God's Grace Community Church pulpit our longtime mission partner Rev. Leon Kelly. Rev plans to talk about how Jesus desires to be with the lost who are on the fringes. The fringe is not always a glamorous place to be, but it is a faithful place to be. Given the gravity of recent gang warfare in Denver, and racial tensions in the United States, let us come together to learn and prayerfully seek Jesus' guidance.

Still in one peace,

Pastor David J. Jensen


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