Sisters and brothers,
Happy Monday to all! Yesterday it was wonderful to have a potluck and fellowship around food. As we worshipped at our worship gathering, we learned from Romans 3 that right standing with God comes through faith in Jesus Christ alone. We learned no person stands right before God by their own works and merit. We learned that any person could stand right before God through faith in Jesus Christ. Your heritage and your nationality do not make you right with God. Being raised in a religious home by observant parents does not give you standing before God. Your country of origin and whatever religion was dominant in that country does not give you right standing with God. Your personal morality or merit will not give you right standing before God. And your lack of any of these things does not mean God will not give to you right standing before Him if you will believe in Jesus. There is One God and One way to have right standing before eternal God both now and in eternity and it is through faith in Jesus.There are not two or ten different roads that lead to eternal life. You cannot earn or deserve right standing with God. Right standing with God is a gift given to you if you will receive it. Or a better way to say that would be right standing with God is a gift God will give you if you receive Jesus today.Right standing with God comes through faith in Jesus Christ alone.
We are giving out baby bottles for each of us to collect offerings between Mother’s Day and Father’s Day for the CareNet Pregnancy Center of Dane County. Your change, checks and cash make a difference. (If you do write checks, please make them out to CareNet Pregnancy Center.) When you fill a baby bottle you are helping to provide life-affirming resources to those facing unintended pregnancies through the ministry of CareNet Pregnancy Center.
Pray for Connie Boss’ sister-in-law, Alice, who has been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. She has begun receiving chemotherapy. Pray for God’s healing touch and for her to experience His comforting presence.
Remember to keep praying continually for each other.
Love being your pastor,
Bob Ray, Pastor, East Madison Baptist Church