“Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her, that He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the word, that He might present her to Himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that she should be holy and without blemish. So husbands ought to love their own wives as their own bodies; he who loves his wife loves himself.” Ephesians 5:25-28 NKJV https://bible.com/bible/114/eph.5.25-28.NKJV
Brothers, today I pray for courage, wisdom, and joy to sacrificially love our wives (Eph. 5:25). I pray our wives feel safe, secure, and empowered for our God given mission. I pray for the discipline and courage to set aside personal desires for the good of our marriage, family, and mission. I pray for the energy and wisdom to prioritize time in the Word and prayer with our wives for the glory of the Gospel (Eph. 5:26,27, Titus 2:5).
A fun and encouraging tune: The Voyage of St. Brendan, a sea shanty https://youtu.be/ux_Yctb3D7U
The words are meant “to reflect the school’s namesake, St. Brendan the Voyager, whose legendary voyage for Eden serves as inspiration for our school’s vision: Voyaging together for God’s Holy Mountain. If you’re familiar with St. Boniface, you will also catch a reference in the last verse to his story, in which he chopped down Thor/Donar’s oak to prove the superiority of the God of Christianity over the pagan gods of the people he was sent to reach. Legend has it, he built a church with the timbers. That is another picture that we reference often at my church and the school—engaging culture like Boniface. Let’s invade their high places, knock down their idols, and build churches there.” https://www.patreon.com/briansauve.
THE GOOD NEWS
There is a God that created the heavens and the earth. We humans are created in His image.
We are sinners, we have rebelled against Him, our Creator. Our rebellion has brought “all manner of unrighteousness, evil, covetousness, malice… envy, murder, strife, deceit, maliciousness” to the world. Romans 1:29-31 ESV https://bible.com/bible/59/rom.1.29-31.ESV
Therefore we justly deserve our due punishment of death and damnation, “as it is written: ‘None is righteous, no, not one; no one understands; no one seeks for God. All have turned aside; together they have become worthless; no one does good, not even one.’” Romans 3:10-12 ESV https://bible.com/bible/59/rom.3.10-12.ESV
But good news! God is merciful and loving. Jesus is God the only begotten Son and He took our punishment upon Himself in our place. Jesus rose from the dead, defeating death and securing the hope of our salvation.
“For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures, and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve. Then he appeared to more than five hundred brothers at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have fallen asleep. Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles. Last of all, as to one untimely born, he appeared also to me.” 1 Corinthians 15:3-8 ESV https://bible.com/bible/59/1co.15.3-8.ESV
We need only believe it, confess our sins, proclaim Jesus is lord and savior, and we will be forgiven our sins and have life ever after! “because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved. For the Scripture says, “Everyone who believes in him will not be put to shame.”” Romans 10:9-11 ESV https://bible.com/bible/59/rom.10.9-11.ESV
There is hope. Believe in Jesus! ““For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16 ESV https://bible.com/bible/59/jhn.3.16.ESV
It doesn’t matter who you’ve been or what you’ve done, God stands with arms wide open, ready to forgive you. “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:9 ESV https://bible.com/bible/59/1jn.1.9.ESV