Good Morning October 31

When a pastor stands up to begin a sermon he often opens with the greeting, “Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.” Paul used it in greeting each of his churches. It is a marvelous statement of the good God extends to His people. It is followed by an exposition of God’s Word intended for the good, for the up building, of all who hear. “Grace to you…”, the extending of God’s good, free, and totally unearned gift of life. At times the Word must be hard, cutting through something in us that is blocking the good work God’s love seeks to do. The Word is always intended to bring life and guide us into His peace, a peace that passes all understanding. The Word comes to us from the Father and His Son, Jesus Christ in the midst of our broken life in this fallen world, to bring us into fellowship with them. This is the place, alone, where we find life and hope. May God’s grace and peace be abundant upon you for this day.