Knowing there is a battle and knowing it is won.

Pastor Jonathan's Monday reflection:

The call to stand firm. It is key to what Paul commends the church toward in Ephesians 6:10-18 and our friend Lynn Baird opened the text with us as a clear reminder of the ongoing spiritual battle we are in the midst of, even with it having been won. 

If there is one thing we can wake up to in our day it is this reality of spiritual battle, really the reality of spiritual things. We spend so much time contemplating things from an intellectual perspective and our world hums along focusing on human circumstances and situations, that we can neglect, or grow numb to the pervasive reality of the spiritual realm. And importantly, that we are in a battle with an enemy that wishes for our demise. 

The golden nugget though is that the war is won, the battle is over as it is raging. Because of Christ's victory on the cross, we fight united with Christ, secure, assured, and safe. The liar can only lie but we, empowered by the Holy Spirit, can take every thought captive, surrender it to Christ and wage war on the defeated foe. 

Do we have eyes to see it all? Can we recognize the influence of the enemy in nearly every circumstance? I pray that we do. Not because we are these awesome champions; since the victory is a gift from Jesus, not because we did anything, we stay humble. But I hope we recognize it; because it is in the battle that once again we taste the goodness of the gospel. The great news that God loves us in Christ and that there is now no condemnation for us; because of what Jesus did as our substitute on the cross changes our eternal situation. 

This victory is freeing because it brings us back to the cross, back to Jesus. He is our hero. And we are in him, battling on, living from victory for his glory. 

This week keep your eyes open, stand firm in the finished work of Christ for you. Tell someone about it and rejoice that Christ's victory is yours, forever. 

Newsletter April 12, 2017

Easter Sunday we will hear of the hope we have in our resurrection because of Christ's resurrection. There really is more to life than what we usually make it - because of Jesus! We will gather at 10 am for singing, egg hunting (kids will be with us for the whole service) and the proclamation of the good news of Jesus. Bring family and friends. 10 am at Del Norte. 

Good Friday - Friday, April 14 we will meet for worship and the word at 6 pm at the Rancho Bernardo Recreation Center (18448 West Bernardo Drive). We will sing and share communion realizing why this Friday is actually "good." 

New Member Seminar - May 21 after service we will host a lunch for those interest in covenant membership at Grace. Put it on your calendar! 

The Race for Life - On Saturday, May 20, many of us will be running in the Race for Life to support Turning Point Pregnancy Resource Center. There is still time to sign-up. Contact Christian Zaal for more info. 

Giving at Grace - Our March contributions totaled $9,656 and expenses were $11,313. We thank you for your partnership in ministry and continued generosity. The elders are actively praying for the budget and how to best use what the Lord has provided.