Posted by Pastor Brett

One aspect of writing I wanted to include for this blog was journeys through the Bible. At Ainger, there are some of us (I hope, many of us) who are reading through the whole Bible in one year. I know that I myself have done it before, and so have many others. I say that to mention just a quick encouragement: It’s not as daunting as it seems if you make it a sound habit. A thought I read within the last couple of weeks came from the book of Matthew. The first of the four gospels, and it includes many sayings of our Lord. One of them is Matthew 8:20, which says: And Jesus said to him, “Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head.” There are several points to be lifted from that verse, but one is: Being a disciple of Jesus is costly, so much so, that you won’t have a true home (in this life). The part I put in parenthesis is important. We will not have a home, in this life. We have a home in heaven. And that can be an encouragement for all of us as we sojourn through this life. Perhaps we think something is missing. It is, to an extent. We are not home yet. The Apostle Peter mentions a similar note in the first verse of his first epistle (a favorite verse of mine). He wrote to all who “reside as aliens.” These are thoughts to those who are aliens, as in, not at home. In my last post, I talked about the need we all have for a church home. I am not intending to be stereotypical or trite, but one reason it is important to have a church home is that it gives us a small slice of the home life we will have in heaven. While other believers, wonderful as they are, could not compare to God, knowing we have one another and a common faith and Lord can sometimes alleviate that homesickness. Until next time, in Christ, Pastor Brett


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