Just How Can We Return To Our Father In Heaven...

I have a calendar that gives a Scripture reading for every day of the year with a commentary. The one for February 8th I found quite impressive, especially in view of the unstable situation worldwide that we are currently experiencing - economically, socially and financially; so I thought that I would quote it entirely.

"For thus saith the Lord God, the Holy One of Israel; in returning and rest shall ye be saved; in
quietness and in confidence shall be your strength: and ye would not - Isaiah 30: 15 AV.

And the work of righteousness shall be peace; and the effect of righteousness quietness and
assurance forever - Isaiah 32: 17

The world cannot offer quietness or assurance. Those without Christ run frantically to and fro seeking both because they refuse to accept these gifts from the Saviour. Only where righteousness prevails will quietness and peace be found. If you’re still looking, the key is, "In
returning and in rest ye shall be saved." Come to Christ and trusts him today. Daily Reading for 8th February 2011 form "Choice Gleanings".

Righteousness is, of course, a very religious sounding word but it means - justice, integrity and
rectitude, qualities that are approved everywhere. The only truly righteous person who ever lived was Jesus Christ and if we will come to him, ask him to forgive us our sins, and then follow him as a disciple, God will count our faith in him as righteousness and we will be saved for time and eternity.

There have been, and are, many weird and way -out religious cults that offer an infinite number
of remedies and some brain wash and strictly control their adherents. Some have thousands of
followers, others just a few, but they are one and all false. There has also been a resurgence of the old major religions, most of them older than Christianity and they hold millions in their thrall;

But are they right?

Today in the Western world a number of people hold the opinion that there are many ways to God - if indeed there is a god - and that if a person is sincere in what he or she believes then everything will be al-right. While sincerity is a good thing, it is useless if a person is sincerely wrong. We need to be sincere and we need to be right as well.

Two thousand years ago Jesus Christ declared: "I am the way I am the truth and I am the life no-one can come to the Father (God) except through me - John 14: 6

I want to tell you that with all that has taken place in history since that time, with its philosophies, its struggles and its alternative life - styles Jesus’ great statement remains unchanged and true, and if you want to know peace and certainly in the midst of turmoil and uncertainly come to him today. The truth hasn’t changed in two thousand years because truth is objective not relative, it cannot change, and Jesus himself is that truth.

The Lord Almighty speaking to the Jews about obedience said - "Test me in this" - and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that you will not have room enough for it " - Malachi 3: 10

Jesus made this promise "Whoever comes to me I will never drive away" - John 6: 37. Come to him today and find that what he promised is true...

God bless you!!!
Gordon Guillermo Burgess
The Pastor (Church of the Good Shepherd)