Ever have that feeling that things are not right?
That life is harder than it should be?
Ever think about how Jesus said that he came that we might have abundant life? Life to the full? And then have you felt like your life is not exactly feeling abundant?
Maybe it’s the stress of our culture. No doubt it is hard to follow Jesus sacrificially as his disciple in a culture of consumer indulgence.
Maybe it is the difficulty of family life. Maybe it’s your job.
Maybe you have a broken relationship, or at least one that has been very disappointing. Maybe you’re frustrated with yourself.
This Sunday we begin teaching a new mini-series called Stories of Restoration. All of us need restoration. We are all sinners in need of a savior. Even after starting the journey of following Jesus as his disciples, we still go through pain. But these situations are often so personal, so hard that we rarely talk about them. Like the soldier who experiences the terror of war, we can find it nearly impossible to put words to our pain. But we need to share our stories.
We felt it important that the teaching team lead by example. I’ll share the story of the Kime family and some situations in which Michelle and I were individually and together in need of restoration. Then the following week Phil & Lisa Bartelt will share their story.
We praise God that he desires to make all things new, as that is what restoration is all about. Redeeming our pain, conforming us to the image of Christ. May he be glorified as we share our stories of restoration.