Those Who Know Your Name

Our heart is glad in him, because we trust in his holy name
An earlier blog (10 August) posed the question ‘Will you trust?’ and suggested that learning to trust our heavenly Father is the key to experiencing his love.
‘But why should I trust him?’ someone might well answer, ‘and how can I learn to trust him?’
Some years ago, in one of his podcasts, Wayne Jacobsen referred to the tendency of Christian people, when we face difficult situations, to tell one other, and ourselves, just to have more faith. He suggested, somewhat to my initial surprise, that this is pointless, probably counterproductive and perhaps even harmful. He went on to explain that we can’t make ourselves believe by trying harder. We don’t learn to trust by our own efforts. Trust is a response to the revelation of Father’s love. Wayne then revealed that when he found himself in circumstances where he didn’t know what to do, or felt that he couldn’t cope, he no longer tried to screw up his courage or summon up increased faith. Rather, he prayed a prayer like this: ‘Father, please show me what I don’t yet know about you, that I need to know to help me through the problems I am facing.’
I was reminded of this prayer recently when I was reading Psalm 9: Those who know your name trust in you; for you, Lord, have never forsaken those who seek you (Psalm 9:10). When the Bible refers to God’s ‘name’ it means the revelation of who he is, like the revelation Moses received in Exodus 34:4-7: ‘Moses rose early in the morning and went up on Mount Sinai, as the Lord had commanded him. The Lord descended in the cloud and stood with him there, and proclaimed the name of the Lord. The Lord passed before him and proclaimed, “The Lord, the Lord, a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness, keeping steadfast love for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin.”’
Trust in God flows from this ‘knowledge of his name’, but my recent reading in the psalms, and my own experience over the years, have suggested a possible addition to Wayne Jacobsen’s prayer: ‘Father, please show me what I don’t yet know about you, or have forgotten about you, that I need to know to help me through the problems I am facing.’
Psalm 106 summarises the history of Israel from the Exodus to the Exile, with repeated references to Israel’s forgetfulness: ‘They did not remember the abundance of your steadfast love’ (v.7)… ‘they soon forgot his works’ (v.13)… ‘they forgot God, their Saviour, who had done great things in Egypt’ (v.21). (Just to make the point that this is not an isolated example, you can find a detailed account of the same pattern of blessing and forgetting in Psalm 78, and there are shorter references in Judges and 1 Samuel and in other psalms.)
Because they ‘forgot’ how good he is, the people lost their trust in God and had ‘no faith in his promise’ (v.24). In their fearfulness they grumbled and rebelled and repeatedly looked to other gods and/or other kings for comfort and security and protection.
They were deceived. When they rejected God’s protection ‘their enemies oppressed them, and they were brought into subjection under their power. Many times the Lord delivered them, but they were rebellious in their purposes and were brought low through their iniquity’ (vv.42-43). Later in Israel’s history the compiler of the book of Proverbs drew the lesson clearly: ‘Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. Be not wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord, and turn away from evil’ (Proverbs 3:5-7).
It is interesting that this passage in Proverbs makes the point positively – ‘trust God and be blessed’ – rather than negatively – ‘go your own way and suffer’ (though there are other places where it gives that warning). Psalm 106 ends on the same positive note. After the miserable history of repeated forgetting and rebellion, comes this glorious statement: ‘The Lord looked upon their distress, when he heard their cry. For their sake he remembered his covenant, and relented according to the abundance of his steadfast love. Save us, O Lord our God, and gather us from among the nations, that we may give thanks to your holy name and glory in your praise. Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel, from everlasting to everlasting! And let all the people say, “Amen!” Praise the Lord!’ (vv.44-45,47-48).
We forget and forget and forget, but Father remembers! He is love, and he will always be true to his name and his nature! He never goes back on his word! When we cry out to him in our failure and need he reveals himself in mercy and compassion.
Those ‘many times’ of deliverance mentioned in Psalm 106 (v.42) culminated in the death of Jesus – the greatest expression of Father’s love for his forgetful and rebellious children. Just before his arrest Jesus prayed that the truth expressed in Psalm 9:10 would be real in the lives of his disciples (present and future): ‘Righteous Father, even though the world does not know you, I know you, and these know that you have sent me. I made known to them your name, and I will continue to make it known, that the love with which you have loved me may be in them, and I in them’ (John 17:25-26).
It is the revelation of God as our loving Father which renews our trust.
‘Our soul waits for the Lord; he is our help and our shield. For our heart is glad in him, because we trust in his holy name. Let your steadfast love, O Lord, be upon us, even as we hope in you’ (Psalm‬ ‭33:20-22‬).‬‬‬‬
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A prayer
Father, forgive us that we are so quick to forget how good you are. Forgive us that we find it so hard to trust you, and so easy to look elsewhere for comfort and strength and security and wisdom.
Thank you for your faithfulness; for your unchanging love; for your compassion and forgiveness.
May Jesus, who is the radiance of your glory and the exact representation of your being, make your name known to us as he promised, to renew and increase the revelation of your love and goodness in our hearts, and restore and strengthen our trust in you.

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LOVE FILLS EVERY VOID.

A few weeks ago, students all over the country received their much-anticipated exam results. When my results arrived in the post many years ago I never managed to pass a Physics exam. One of the few things I still remember from my years sitting at the back of a physics lab, was that darkness was defined as the absence of light. When you think about it, this makes sense, light eclipses darkness.
1 John 1:15, tells us that God is light and in Him there is no darkness. This is an important revelation, light and darkness are not equal in power, one consumes the other. When this fact has settled in our hearts it can radically alter the way we look at the world, and change how we pray. Stephen Hill has made an important contribution to this when speaking about prayer when he said:
“The energy of prayer goes into the solution, not the problem. The energy and dynamism of prayer works in the positive, not the negative. Do not pray against the negative, pray IN the positive. Do not seek to diminish what is wrong, but pray for the growth of the positive solution. Do not pray against the darkness, pray rather for the dawning of the light. Sin and evil are not substantial reality, they are the absence of substantial reality. Love fills every void.” (John: A Prophetic Revelation) DARKNESS IS THE ABSENCE OF LIGHT & FATHERS LOVE FILLS EVERY VOID.

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THE FATHER HIMSELF LOVES YOU.

Jack Winter was a true pioneer in sharing Father’s love across the globe. In November 1997, he was speaking at a conference at Toronto Airport Christian Fellowship Church, his topic was “The Father Himself Loves You,” Jack shared a prophetic word he received from Father which revealed so much about Father’s desire that we would walk in freedom as His sons and daughters, enjoying the gift of the life He has given us.
Father said, “All that I have ever purposed and planned, I have purposed and planned with you in mind. My love. I will never enjoy anything throughout all eternity but what I can share with you. I only ask that you enjoy nothing but what you can share with Me.”
This is the relationship Father is wanting to bring us into, as our life flows from this relationship.

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YOU ARE NOT MERELY ONE OF THE CROWD!

While attending a conference a few weeks ago in Holland, Trevor Galpin spoke about an aspect of the Parable of the Lost Son. When the younger son in the story was making his way home, his father was aware of his presence although he was still a distance away from the family home. “But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him.” (Luke 15:20)
For many of us we can allow ourselves to believe that Father loves all His children, which He does. It can be more of a challenge to believe that He has a constant awareness of each of us and loves each of us as the individual He has created us to be. So, in the crowd of children He created, Father sees each of us, we are not invisible to Him, within the crowd of His creation.
The good news is that we have a Father who exists outside of time, who is aware of and is loving you as His child constantly. You are not merely one of a crowd, you have an individual place in His Heart that is yours and no one else can fill. I love the way this is expressed in the Shack, when Papa says, “I am especially fond of…… (insert your name).

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Will you trust?

The recent blog on ‘Seeking God’s Face’, which explored the value of stillness in God’s presence as a way of experiencing his love, might have given the impression that receiving and living in Father’s love is essentially a passive experience. That is very far from the truth, for through Jesus Father invites us into a vibrant relationship in which we experience the ‘more abundant life’ for which he created us. When we say that his love is a gift which we cannot earn, we are not saying that we have no part to play.
I suggested that ‘pursuing love’ or ‘seeking God’s face’ is not a matter of striving to gain access to his presence, or to earn his love by our efforts, but rather a positioning of heart and mind. His love constantly invites us to make choices – choices which are (or seem to be) risky and costly.
To put it very simply, the key to experiencing Father’s love is learning to trust him, for ‘the Lord delights in those who fear him, who put their hope in his unfailing love’ (Psalms ‭147:11‬). This truth is central to a book which I received as a birthday gift a few weeks ago – Patched Together by Brennan Manning. It is the story of Willie Juan, whom we meet as a boy, a young man, and in old age, as he learns and relearns, in the midst of brokenness, abandonment and disappointment, to trust in God’s love for him. ‘The question of your life has always been “Will you trust?” You are being asked once again, Willie Juanito. Don’t worry; all will be well.’1‬‬‬
When he invites us into his love, Father challenges us to let go the other things we rely on for significance and security. For me, that included a rewarding job which gave me both financial security and a sense of achievement. Over a period of time I sensed that I was being asked to give it up. My first reaction was to say: ‘Certainly, Father. Just show me what you want me to do instead.’ That sounds like trusting obedience, but it wasn’t. I was looking for a guarantee, but to experience the love he was offering I had to learn to walk by trust, not by sight.
More time passed. The feeling that I should leave my job grew stronger, but I had no sense of what was to come next. Then Father spoke to me through two Bible stories.
The first was the story of his call to Abraham, and Abraham’s response:
The Lord had said to Abram, “Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you” (Genesis 12:1).
By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to a place that he was to receive as an inheritance. And he went out, not knowing where he was going (Hebrews 11:8).
Those words ‘not knowing where he was going’ brought home to me the fact that our trust in Father, and with it our experience of his love, will only grow when we can’t see clearly what’s ahead. ‘Do we ever really trust when we can see?’ Willie Juan is asked towards the end of his life. ‘I’d love to tell you otherwise’, he replies, ‘but what faith I have has been strengthened in the dark. It’s just the way it is.’2
Then God nudged me again through Mark’s account of Jesus’ meeting with the rich young man:
As he was setting out on his journey, a man ran up and knelt before him and asked him, “Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” And Jesus said to him, “Why do you call me good? No one is good except God alone. You know the commandments: Do not murder, Do not commit adultery, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Do not defraud, Honour your father and mother.’” And he said to him, “Teacher, all these I have kept from my youth.” 21And Jesus, looking at him, loved him, and said to him, “You lack one thing: go, sell all that you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.” (Mark 10:17-22).
‘Jesus, looking at him, loved him.’ Those words caught my attention and my heart. I realised that in their challenge to the young man, and their invitation to me to give up the security of my job without knowing the next step, Jesus and his Father were motivated only by love. They were inviting me to step into ‘the dazzling darkness of sheer trust’3, and live in their marvellous love.
I handed in my notice, and some months later, when I finally left the job, Father spoke these amazing words of comfort and reassurance to my heart:
‘Let the beloved of the Lord rest secure in him, for he shields him all day long, and the one the Lord loves rests between his shoulders’ Deuteronomy 33:12. In the years which followed, he has backed up his words with faithful provision.
Willie Juan’s story, which Brennan Manning describes as ‘in many ways my story’, highlights two important aspects of our life in the ‘dazzling darkness of sheer trust’. They ring true with my own experience. First of all, the joyous comfort which we receive as we open our hearts to Father’s love utterly outweighs whatever risk or sacrifice that trust involves. It is the ‘pearl of greatest price’.
Second, however, is the reminder that our trust in Father needs to be continually renewed. It is so easy to forget his goodness. The voices which undermine trust are persistent, and they use every hurt and disappointment to draw us away from Father, to doubt his goodness, and to look for comfort and security elsewhere.
In the introduction to Patched Together Brennan Manning writes: ‘For years now I’ve written about how much Abba loves ragamuffins. Sometimes, these days, I wrestle to believe what I wrote. Knowing that you’re reading and wrestling along with me means more than you know.’4
How attractive and how important that honest declaration is. We are learning that when we acknowledge our weakness, to ourselves and others, our eyes are opened to receive a fresh glimpse of Father’s faithfulness and love, and our trust in him is rekindled.

1Patched Together, Brennan Manning, David Cook 2010, p 120
2ibid. p122
3ibid. p122
4ibid. pp15-16

A prayer
Father, you know us just as we are, in all our weakness and brokenness.
Thank you for your free and unfailing love for us, and for the promise of your presence and provision.
Give us day by day the grace and courage to choose to trust you and live in your love, like your son Jesus.
Set us from the fear and bitterness and unforgiveness which separate us from you and one another.

indled.
1Patched Together, Brennan Manning, David Cook 2010, p 120
2ibid. p122
3ibid. p122
4ibid. pp15-16
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A prayer
Father, you know us just as we are, in all our weakness and brokenness.
Thank you for your free and unfailing love for us, and for the promise of your presence and provision.
Give us day by day the grace and courage to choose to trust you and live in your love, like your son Jesus.
Set us from the fear and bitterness and unforgiveness which separate us from you and one another.

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Seeking His Face

Seeking God’s face
You have said, “Seek my face.”
My heart says to you, “Your face, LORD, do I seek.” Psalm 27:8
A previous blog (3 June 2017) ended with the paradoxical thought that the love we are invited to pursue (1 Corinthians 14:1) is already pursuing us (Psalm 23:6). This theme – that God seeks us and at the same time calls us to seek him – runs through the whole of scripture, and when we look closely we see that our heavenly Father always makes the first move. In asking us to seek his face, he is inviting us into continuous intimacy with him in response to the revelation of his love for us. Biblical examples of this pattern are not hard to find. In the Old Testament we see it in the stories of Abraham, Jacob, Moses, Samuel and David, and in the New Testament when Jesus calls the first disciples, visits the home of Zacchaeus, and confronts Saul on the road to Damascus.
Although they share a common underlying theme, every story is different, because Father relates to each one of us as a unique individual. His pursuing love is persistent, yet gentle. It does not coerce, but gives us a choice. When he tells us to ‘pursue love’ or ‘seek his face’, he is asking us to position ourselves to receive and live in his love.
‘Seeking God’s face’ is not a matter of striving to gain access to his presence, for we can never earn his love by our efforts. It is, rather, a positioning of heart and mind. In a well-known Old Testament verse ‘seeking God’s face’ is linked with humility and repentance (2 Chronicles 7:14). Humility is trusting dependence on God as our creator and redeemer, rather than on our own resources of wisdom and wealth. Repentance recognises that God’s image in us has been damaged by our choices and actions, and is willing to let his love work in us to heal that damage so that our lives and relationships reflect his goodness and faithfulness.
Humility and repentance are not about ‘trying harder’. Quite the opposite! As we learn to accept the futility of our efforts to please God and earn his love, and acknowledge our helplessness and dependence on him, our hearts are opened to recognise and receive his unconditional love for us. In 2 Chronicles 7:14, when God calls Israel to seek his face, he addresses them as ‘my people’. He has always loved them; they are already his ‘treasured possession’. He longs for them to experience his love and the blessing that goes with it, but their sinful self-reliance gets in the way.
That was my experience for many years as a Christian. I was actively involved in many church activities, but had little sense of intimacy with God or of any spiritual progress in my life. When that made me feel uncomfortable my response was to work harder or seek distractions. I recognised a longing in myself for a real experience of God’s love, but I didn’t know how to achieve it.
Over the past twenty years all that has changed. Looking back I can see clearly how Father God took the initiative to reveal his love to me in a new way. He led me, gently yet relentlessly, to lay down first my work in church, and then my job, as he brought me to a place where I realised that his love for me is utterly unconditional. For years my sense of self-worth had been based – precariously – on my activity and achievement. Father showed me that ‘he loves me when I do nothing’! For someone who had been raised in a culture imbued with the ‘Protestant work ethic’ these words seemed scandalous at first, yet they are true. God is love, and his love for us is an everlasting love, so nothing I do can make him love me any more or any less.
On one occasion some years ago, as I was resting quietly, enjoying God’s presence, I began to think about the story of the woman who anointed Jesus with expensive ointment (Matthew 26:6-13). The indignant disciples thought it was a waste, but Jesus said ‘She has done a beautiful thing for me.’ A question formed in my mind: ‘Father, what precious thing do I have that I can waste on you?’ The answer – both shocking and delightful – came instantly: ‘I want you to waste your time on me.’
A few months later a friend gave me the book Clowning in Rome by Henri Nouwen, in which I found the following passage:
‘Contemplative prayer is not a way of being busy with God instead of with people, but is an attitude in which we recognize God’s ultimate priority by being useless in his presence, by standing in front of him without anything to show, to prove, or to argue, and by allowing him to enter our emptiness… It is not useful or practical, but a way of wasting time for God. It cuts a hole in our busyness and reminds us and others that it is God and not we who creates and sustains the world… In this useless prayer, God can show us his love. When we are empty, free, and open, we can be with him, look at him, listen to him, and slowly begin to realize that he is our loving Father who loves us with a deep, intimate affection.’*
*Clowning in Rome, Henri J M Nouwen, Image Books 1979, p 53

A prayer
Father, thank you for your unconditional and everlasting love for me.
Give me the grace to recognise and lay down my self-reliance, and truly acknowledge my dependence on you.
You invite me to pursue love and seek your face. Bring my heart to that place of rest and stillness where it is open to receive and experience your love, and to be healed and transformed by it.
In the name of King Jesus, your Son, who shows us how much you love us, and brings us into your presence as he calls us to share his life of intimacy with you.

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YOU ARE NOT MERELY ONE OF THE CROWD!

While attending a conference a few weeks ago in Holland, Trevor Galpin spoke about an aspect of the Parable of the Lost Son. When the younger son in the story was making his way home, his father was aware of his presence although he was still a distance away from the family home. “But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him.” (Luke 15:20)
For many of us we can allow ourselves to believe that Father loves all His children, which He does. It can be more of a challenge to believe that He has a constant awareness of each of us and loves each of us as the individual He has created us to be. So, in the crowd of children He created, Father sees each of us, we are not invisible to Him, within the crowd of His creation.
The good news is that we have a Father who exists outside of time, who is aware of and is loving you as His child constantly. You are not merely one of a crowd, you have an individual place in His Heart that is yours and no one else can fill. I love the way this is expressed in the Shack, when Papa says, “I am especially fond of…… (insert your name).

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Pursue Love

Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
Love never ends.
1 Corinthians 13:4-8

A few years ago I was asked to read the thirteenth chapter of Paul’s first letter to the church at Corinth at my son’s wedding. In the weeks before the ceremony, as I prepared a brief introduction to the reading, I reflected on its meaning in the light of the revelation of Father’s love.
This familiar passage, with its eloquent description of love, is an understandably popular reading at weddings. When I read it or hear it read it arouses a longing in me to love and be loved in the way Paul describes. But there is a problem. If we see it primarily as a pattern to be followed, Paul’s picture of love seems beautiful, but idealistic. How are we to respond to the standard he appears to be setting for us? We may dismiss it as unrealistic – unattainable in this life. We may strive to live up to it, only to fall into cynicism or despair when we fail. Or we may deceive ourselves that we have succeeded, and be tempted to preen ourselves with pride.
Paul introduces his words about love by saying ‘I will show you a still more excellent way’ (1 Corinthians 12:31), but when we look carefully at what follows we see that he does not in fact lay down a set of rules. Rather, he speaks about his own experience:
If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing (1 Corinthians 13:1-3)
Paul states three times that his life has no significance or value if he ‘has not love’. It is clear that for him ‘having love’ is what gives life meaning. Nothing else is of value without love. It is, in Jesus’ words, the ‘pearl of greatest price’.
But what does he mean by ‘having love’? (In case you’re wondering, this is a literal translation of Paul’s words in Greek.) It seems to me that ‘having love’ can be understood in two ways. For years I had only thought of it as ‘having love for others’. But now I’ve come to think that when Paul speaks of ‘having love’, he is also referring to the love he receives from Father God. This is the love he (and we) cannot live without. Knowing this love gives his life meaning and value. Without it all his gifting and faith and devotion are worthless. (This reminds me of his words in Philippians 3:7-8: ‘Whatever gain I had, I counted as loss for the sake of Christ. Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord.’)
After this repeated declaration of the surpassing importance of ‘having love’, Paul goes on in verses 4-7 to describe this love, and it is surely clear that he is writing primarily not about the way we are to love one another, but about the way God loves us. He is describing the ‘unfailing love’ of the ‘Father of compassion and God of all comfort’ (2 Corinthians 1:3), who is ‘merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness, keeping steadfast love for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin’ (Exodus 34:6-7). It is the love which Jesus displayed in his life and death as he ‘loved us to the end’ (John 13:1). It is the love of the Holy Spirit, the Comforter, sent by the Father and the Son, through whom‘God’s love is poured into our hearts’ (Romans 5:5).
Of course Paul longs to have a love for others which reflects the love he receives from God; of course he longs for the Christians in Corinth to show that sort of love to one another. But he knows that we can never have love for others unless we first have God’s love in our hearts, and when he ends this section of the letter by urging his readers to ‘pursue love’, he is encouraging them to enter a deeper experience of God’s love for them, which is the only way in which they will have the spiritual resources to love others as they are loved. In the words of John Arnott, of ‘Catch the Fire’, he was inviting them to ‘walk in God’s love, and give it away’.
Paradoxically, the best way of ‘pursuing’ God’s love is to stand still, for his love is already pursuing us! ‘Surely,’ sang David, ‘your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life’ (Psalm 23:6). (The Hebrew word translated as ‘follow’ in this verse is translated as ‘pursue’ in more than 70 other Old Testament passages!)
When Saul (not yet Paul) was pursuing Jesus’ first followers, Jesus the Good Shepherd was pursuing him. He had to stop him in his tracks (Acts 9:3) in order to reveal his love to him. In stillness and brokenness and humility he became open to the flow of God’s love into his heart. From that moment Father’s love – revealed in King Jesus and poured into his heart by the Holy Spirit – was the motivating and compelling power in his life.
Back in Psalm 23, it’s no surprise that David, describing the blessings he receives from his Shepherd Lord, puts stillness and rest at the top of the list: ‘He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he refreshes my soul’ (vv.2-3). It is in stillness that we discover just how much we are loved.
A prayer:
Father, like Paul, we want to ‘have love’. We want to know and experience your love for us, and to learn to love like you. Open our hearts to a fresh revelation of your steadfast love for us, and by your Spirit guide and empower us as we learn to love as we are loved. In the name of Jesus, who loved us and gave himself for us.

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EASTER REFLECTION.

Father, Lord of all creation,
We praise you for your goodness and your love.
When we turned away you did not reject us.
You came to meet us in your Son,
Welcomed us as your children
And prepared a table where we might feast with you.

In Christ you shared our life
That we might live in Him and He in us.
He opened wide his arms upon the cross
And, with love stronger than death,
He made the perfect sacrifice for sin.

Father of all, we give you thanks and praise,
That when we were still far off
You met us in your Son and brought us home.
Dying and living, He declared your love,
Gave us grace, and opened the gate of glory.

FATHER YOU GAVE US THE PERFECT GIFT…THE GIFT OF YOUR PERFECT SON!

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THE DEPTH OF LOVE by MARK GYDE.

“You’ve learned to be a servant but
God wants you to be a son.”

Mark Gyde recently published his third book, The Depth of Love.” The sleeve notes provide a useful overview of the content.

“Many of us have learned to be servants and actually become quite good at it. Yet we all need to hear the Father calling us by name and speaking these words into our hearts: “you are my beloved son,” you are my beloved daughter.” When these words take root in our hearts, everything changes as we begin to discover the amazing depth of the Father’s love.”

Barry Adams is a co-host with Mark on a weekly webcast, he said of the book:
“Mark’s new book, the Depth of Love, wonderfully expresses this growing revelation of sonship. Mark does not shy away from some of the tough topics like hardship and suffering but deals with them in a very practical way. With the help of the Holy spirit, Mark has been able to put substance to the eternal love which predates creation, in order that we can tangibly experience it in our everyday lives.

I highly recommend this book to anyone who is longing to go deeper into the immeasurable ocean of Trinitarian love that Jesus Christ secured for us on the cross two thousand years ago.”

For more information regarding this book and Mark’s previous publications, his web address is www.afathertoyou.com

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