His Beloved

[Some brief introductory thoughts from my sermon this morning. I can’t wait to hear more.]

The world and the universe around us  are temporary.  Some believe the universe is expanding, some believe it is contracting.  Either way we are doomed!  If expanding, all energy will be sucked out of our world.  If contracting we will be crushed.

So what is it all for?  If we are ruined either way, what is our purpose for being here? God does have a purpose and desire for us, and it is to rise in the universe to be his sons and daughters, through Christ His Beloved Son!  In eternity, because God found so much favor in His Son, he will do the same for us who believe.  We too, in Christ, are His beloved and His inheritance.  And just as Jesus Christ sits at the right hand of the Father, eternity will be filled with human beings reigning with Him; Saints who believe.  Why? To the praise of his glorious Grace.

Read Ephesians chapter one slowly, and discover more of God’s rich grace for those who are “in Christ”.

Author: pastor roger

Pastor Roger is retired Executive Director of Hope Now For Youth. Hope Now is a Christian rescue organization. The ministry helps young gang members get out of the gang life and into a job. He is a licensed pastor in Hope Now Bible Church where he preaches on various Sundays throughout the year and leads an adult Bible study during the week. He serves on the Board of Directors and assists the new executive director as the organization’s Director of Communications and Director of Cambodia Ministries. He graduated with High Honors from Moody Bible Institute with a Bachelors degree in Biblical Studies. He attended Riverside Community College, Biola College (University), and he received his certificate in Strategic Planning and Management in Retailing from Babson College. Roger was a member of the U.S. Coast Guard in the early 70s. In 1980 he began a 24-year career with Berean Christian Stores (now Lifeway Christian Stores). In 2000 he became president of the company and served in that position for four years. He became Executive Director and CEO of Hope Now For Youth in 2004 and retired from that position in 2018. He has traveled to Antarctica, Chile, Peru, Mexico, Canada, New Zealand, South Pacific Islands, Cambodia, Italy, France, Germany, Switzerland, United Kingdom, Jordan and Israel. In 1975 he married Carol and has two married daughters and eight grandchildren (Six grandsons and two granddaughters). He believes in the U.S. Constitution and supports all efforts to defend it. Roger enjoys learning how to be a better writer, coffee (not tea) reading, playing golf, watching (soon to be World Champions Dodgers) baseball, and hanging out with his grandkids.

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