Posts Tagged ‘Calvary’

Website Q#2: How can I be sure God will forgive me?

Here is the second of two questions that I am working on for the new Calvary website – these will be located on the frontpage.  Any feedback on the content is appreciated:

How can I be sure God will forgive me?
To know we are wrong can be a scary thing – we may feel a mountain load of guilt upon our shoulders or we may carry deeply rooted shame in our hearts for things we have done, thought, or said in the past.   While some people ignore the reality of their failures or simply try to cover them up, others of us are well acquainted with the grief of failure.  Though it may not feel like it right now, this is actually a very good place to be!

When we question God’s forgiveness, we are allowing our sin and our judgment to be greater than God himself and what he has declared.  This is why we must turn again to the Bible, God’s Word, to be reminded of the overwhelming grace of God that declares that the sacrifice of Christ was sufficient to cover all of our sin.  For example, 1 John 1:7-9:  But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin.  If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.  If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.  If we say we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.

There is danger in making too little of our sin but there is an equal danger of making too little of work of Christ.  The blood of the eternal Son of God has infinite worth to those who receive Christ by faith.  We can be certain of God’s forgiveness because of the value of the sacrifice and God’s promise to receive as payment for our sin – no matter how bad we our sin is or how we feel about ourselves.  And yes, God’s love and grace are that amazing!

A Debtor To Mercy Alone (stanza 3) by Augustus Toplady
My name from the palms of His hands eternity will not erase;
Impressed on His heart it remains, in marks of indelible grace.
Yes, I to the end shall endure, as sure as the earnest is giv’n;
More happy, but not more secure, the glorified spirits in Heav’n.

Sermons

I’ve added a new page (my pages can be accessed by the tabs at the very top of the blog) for my sermons. I am using SplashCast Media to upload my sermons, which can then be played through an embedded player on the sermons page. I settled on SplashCast for two reasons: the embeddable media player is supported by WordPress (they don’t allow a lot of flash based players) and is free. Thus far, I have been pleased with the “publishing” process. The only problem (potential) is that you cannot download the mp3 files, which might make listening less practical. Of course, I might be the only one who cares.

Mosaic Project

I am just about done with my most recent tile mosaic project. Unfortunately I have not been able to spend much time on these projects for a variety of reasons, but I am glad to reach this point on this one. To finish I need to fill in some low spots in the grout and paint the sides to give it a completed look.

Design: The design is based on our church logo, which was designed by previous assistant pastor Rusty Mosely, (now church planting in O’Fallon, IL). On the back of our bulletin we make this statement: “Calvary’s logo is centered on a cross made from our initials C and P, because the good news of the cross is the center of our message and life.”

Media: Light smoky blue & cocoa ceramic tile and sanded alabaster grout on 1/2″ plywood. The mosaic measures 16″ x 16″.