Chastened and Loved

Some of you may be familiar with the saying “The Lord chastens whom He loves” (see Hebrews 12:6 and Proverbs 3:12).  So, I am happy to report the Lord loves me!  Last evening, just as we were about to begin the first of four special sessions of prayer at our church, I received a notification from a reader of this blog who gently pointed out that I have not updated nor posted since August of 2017.  The Lord used the gracious words of a stranger to bring home the point my wife has been bringing to my attention regularly.  Please accept today’s post as my repentance and apology!

There really is no justifiable excuse.  It is true that my calendar has been full and my time consumed as we moved through completing the new buildings; getting through occupancy inspection and receiving our Certificate of Occupancy; working with multiple issues toward the grand-opening and dedication service; rescheduling our special guest for the service; continuing to serve as the church planter and lead pastor; showing up at the holiday season events…well, you get the picture.  Nonetheless, I committed to blog and I let my followers and the Lord down.  Guilty.

The good news is I firmly believe God’s Word is true.  The Lord chastens/corrects whom He loves.  I rejoice in God’s love and I praise Him for mercy, grace and forgiveness.  My hope is that you, too, will find God’s love real in your life and I pray He will use more of you who follow this blog to correct this imperfect and sometimes side-tracked blogger!

One more thing:  I hope you have a wonderful and prosperous new year as you pursue the knowledge of and relationship with our Heavenly Father!

~ by brotherfaron on January 5, 2018.

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