Included in this week’s issue:
How We Know God Loves Us
Does God love you? Two things answer that question without a doubt: The Cross and that He gave you life today.
The Hope and Life in the Cross
Thomas à Kempis, in his classic, The Imitation of Christ, gives us this important word on the importance of the Christ’s Cross and his command that we take it up and follow him. That this is not a burden, but a call to hope, grace, and life.
“To many the saying, “Deny thyself, take up thy cross and follow Me,” seems hard, but it will be much harder to hear that final word: “Depart from Me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire.” Those who hear the word of the cross and follow it willingly now, need not fear that they will hear of eternal damnation on the Day of Judgment. This sign of the cross will be in the heavens when the Lord comes to judge. Then all the servants of the cross, who during life made themselves one with the Crucified, will draw near with great trust to Christ, the judge. Why, then, do you fear to take up the cross when through it you can win a kingdom? In the cross is salvation, in the cross is life, in the cross is protection from enemies, in the cross is infusion of heavenly sweetness, in the cross is strength of mind, in the cross is joy of spirit, in the cross is highest virtue, in the cross is perfect holiness. There is no salvation of soul nor hope of everlasting life but in the cross.”
The Essential Difference Marriage Makes
As Christians, we are big advocates of marriage because it is so essential to God. It was the first command He gave to Adam and Eve. But we must know that marriage is much more than a happy, romantic relationship between a husband and wife. It has a great and positive impact on every community. Here is a very helpful fact sheet explaining how our marriages impact our children and how a higher prevalence of marriage in our cities increases child well-being in dramatic ways.
We must be knowledgeable about these benefits as we serve as advocates and champions for marriage in our communities.