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February 17, 2014 / Pastor George Fike

Happy Cows


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But for you who fear My name,

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the sun of righteousness will rise

with healing in its wings, 

and you will go out and playfully jump

like calves from the stall.

Malachi 4:2 (HCSB)

Grace is like a sandwich.  The first slice of bread is justice: recognition that the wages of sin is death (Rom. 6:23a), that I am worthy of punishment for my sin.  I need look no further than myself to see ungodliness. But the meat that covers that slice is mercy:  recognition that the gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus my Lord. (Rom. 6:23a). God gave me what I needed, rather than what I deserved.  And of course, the top slice is also justice: recognition that God will deliver me from evil (Matthew 6:13) – its penalty now by faith, its power now as I cooperate with Him, and its very presence someday when He comes for me.

I have to admit: I spent way too much time this past year waiting on God to give my enemies their comeuppance.  I believe God ultimately will make all things right.  But it doesn’t have to be under my nose.  In fact, what am I even doing turning my nose up?  Have I forgotten what lies beneath that delectable and nutritious layer of amazing grace?

In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace that he lavished on us.  (Ephesians 1:7-8 NIV)

God WILL build the perfect sandwich.  I will enjoy His craftsmanship while I await the wedding feast!

For behold the day of burning will come, smoldering like a furnace. The arrogant and the evil will be set ablaze like the worthless chaff of grain. Neither roots nor branch will remain. I, the Eternal, Commander of heavenly armies, promise this.  But for you, the ones who tremble at the sound of My name, a warm sun of righteousness will come forth with healing in its rays, and you will go out, springing from the stalls like calves in open pasture. Then you will trample the criminal; your feet will make them ash on the day I am preparing. I, the Eternal, Commander of heavenly armies, promise this.  Malachi 4:1-3 (The Voice paraphrase)

Enjoy the following clip and get your dancing shoes on!

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