Are You Out or In?


The Scriptures provide precedent: Look! I’m setting a stone in Zion, a cornerstone in the place of honor. Whoever trusts in this stone as a foundation will never have cause to regret it. To you who trust him, he’s a Stone to be proud of, but to those who refuse to trust him, The stone the workmen threw out is now the chief foundation stone. For the untrusting it’s . . . a stone to trip over, a boulder blocking the way. They trip and fall because they refuse to obey, just as predicted. But you are the ones chosen by God, chosen for the high calling of priestly work, chosen to be a holy people, God’s instruments to do his work and speak out for him, to tell others of the night-and-day difference he made for you– from nothing to something, from rejected to accepted. 1 Peter 2:6-10

Out of my bondage, sorrow and night,
Jesus, I come, Jesus, I come;
Into thy freedom, gladness and light,
Jesus, I come to thee;
Out of my sickness into thy health,
Out of my want and into thy wealth,
Out of my sin and into thyself,
Jesus, I come to thee. 
(The Salvation Army Song Book)

In many ways, recovery is incomparable to anything else that can happen to us in life. It sounds like a radical step to take, but it’s worthwhile. From brokenness and depression to salvation and transformation. 2 Timothy 3:11 You know about my persecutions and my sufferings. You know all the things that happened to me in Antioch, Iconium, and Lystra–the persecution I suffered in those places. But the Lord saved me from all of it. 

The darkness of our souls can disappear with the coming of the ‘Light of God’ Acts 26:23 They said that he would bring the light of God’s saving truth to the Jewish people and to the non-Jewish people.”



Develop Intimacies With God in Prayer, but Please Don’t Stop With That


I want all of you to develop intimacies with God in prayer, but please don’t stop with that. Go on and proclaim his clear truth to others. It’s more important that everyone have access to the knowledge and love of God in language everyone understands than that you go off and cultivate God’s presence in a mysterious prayer language–unless, of course, there is someone who can interpret what you are saying for the benefit of all. When we suffer for Jesus, it works out for your healing and salvation. If we are treated well, given a helping hand and encouraging word, that also works to your benefit, spurring you on, face forward, unflinching. Your hard times are also our hard times. Right now, therefore, every time we get the chance, let us work for the benefit of all, starting with the people closest to us in the community of faith.

1 Corinthians 14:5 ~ 2 Corinthians 1:6 ~ Galatians 6:10