Why Sunday Morning Matters

Have you ever wondered why you should go to church? The fact is lots and lots of people are asking that question and opting to not participate – and I’m not talking about those who are not Christians. I’m talking about Christians. Nationwide, even in growing churches, people are attending church less and less. Now I don’t propose to have the answer to why that is or the solution as to how to remedy the situation. Are people too busy? Probably so. Are people simply feeling less and less guilt about not going? Probably so. Has the availability of online services and sermon podcasts contributed? Probably so. But one thing that is worth exploring is the WHY behind church attendance. Even as a young kid I never wanted to do anything without knowing “why”. Anytime I run across a book or resource that gets to the “why” of something I always find it helpful, even if there’s some points of disagreement. I simply like it when someone tries to give a thoughtful response to important questions. 

Enter Desiring the Kingdom by James K.A. Smith.

Over the past couple of weeks I have been working my way through this challenging book. Fundamentally it’s an examination of how we are formed as people, whether Christian or not. He does a masterful job of showing how everyone is being formed, or to borrow religious language, “discipled” all the time. The job of the church is to work toward counter-formation – as we are constantly being formed by things like the shopping mall, the sporting events, the university, to name a few. Counter-formation can happen in many environments, but it should never be to the exclusion of the Sunday church gathering. Why? Because to not gather is to deny the very identity you have been given. A Christian is a “called out” one and the church is simply a “called out” gathering for the “called out” ones. When we gather, part of what happens is that we are being formed more and more into our called out identity. 

Consider what Smith writes below…

The rather mundane fact that people show up is, however, an indicator of something fundamental: that a people has gathered in response to a call. “Whenever we gather for public worship,” Horton declares, “it is because we have been summoned. That is what ‘church’ means: ekklēsia, ‘called out.’ It is not a voluntary society of those whose chief concern is to share, to build community, to enjoy fellowship, to have moral instruction for their children. Rather, it is a society of those who have been chosen, redeemed, called, justified, and are being sanctified until one day they will be glorified.” The very fact that we gather says something, implicitly trains our imagination in a way. “Gathering indicates that Christians are called from the world, from their homes, from their families, to be constituted into a community capable of praising God. . . . The church is constituted as a new people who have been gathered from the nations to remind the world that we are in fact one people. Gathering, therefore, is an eschatological act as it is the foretaste of the unity of the communion of the saints.”

Your presence on Sunday matters. Your actual physical, bodily, flesh and blood presence matters. It is not enough to simply listen to a sermon from home (though that is great for the times we have to miss for sickness, serving in kids ministry, travel, etc.) God has designed the Sunday gathering as a significant part of your formation as a disciple. To not gather is to deny yourself an opportunity to live more fully into your true identity. If formation was simply a matter of cognitive intake, then listening to sermons via podcast would be great. But formation is more than taking in information. To gather is to be reminded, though all the facets, or liturgy of the service, that we belong to God solely through His grace. You lose out on that when you simply sit in front of your computer screen watching a service. Being a “called out” person who “stays in” goes against the grain of who you are. 

Smith continues…

There is a certain hint of scandal here, of a reality that cuts against the grain of our late-modern liberal sensibilities: for as we’re making our way to worship, not everyone is coming. Our neighbor’s home might still be quiet and darkened; folks down the street might already be mowing their lawn; we might walk softly through the dormitory hall because many of our peers won’t emerge for hours; we may even be leaving family members in our own home who don’t answer this call to worship, this summons to gather. Since we, on our own, don’t have the inclination or ability to answer the call, our response in gathering is already a sign of God’s redemption and regeneration at work. But the neighbors and strangers we pass on the way also remind us that God’s peculiar people is also a chosen people (1 Peter 2: 9), called out from among the nations, graced “without why,” elected to be a renewed people for this still-sleeping world.

If you are a “called out” person you should “get out” and gather with God’s people. Not because this saves you, but because it forms you. May you be formed more and more into the image of Jesus as you gather with Jesus’ body, the church. 

Random Reflections

  • Yesterday was the launch of our brand new sermon series called A Beautiful Mess. It’s a study through the book of 1 Corinthians. You can get the study guide here (it turned out great).
  • We also had our annual CP Bowl and Picnic after the service. Great time of connection. The events/hospitality team did an amazing job putting everything together. Super encouraged to see people using their gifts for the good of others. Was neat to see how many guests stayed for the picnic. 
  • I did not participate in the flag football game. Partly due to being old. Partly due to two acl reconstruction surgeries. Mainly due to the fact that in about a week Heather and I get to head out of town for some x-country skiing up in the frigid Northwoods of Wisconsin and I didn’t want to risk an injury. Really looking forward to this time away with her. 
  • This past week we implemented a new rhythm for the staff of CrossPointe Winter Park. We put a full day on the calendar, once per month, for silence, study, reflection, prayer, solitude. Looking forward to our staff meeting this afternoon to hear about everybody’s experience last week. 
  • I for one found it particularly helpful, though also immensely challenging. I knew it was going to fall during a time where I would believe I couldn’t break away because I had too many important things to accomplish. It was launch week for our new sermon series, which I always like but also know that it takes more time to prep. I had elders training. I had a wedding to officiate. You don’t need all the details, but just lots of stuff to do. I’m sure you can relate. Then Wednesday rolled around and I couldn’t work on any of it. I had to unplug. Reflect. Rest. Wok “on” my life. It’s in my moments like these that I realize how prone I am to believe the lie that I am what I accomplish. Sabbath is active resistance to the notion that my identity is tied to my production. 
  • It’s nice to sit here on Monday morning and know that everything still got accomplished, even with one less day. It’s good to know I’m not as important as I think I am. 
  • We are hoping our architectural plans will be ready to submit for permitting this week for the new mid-size space for CrossPointe Winter Park. The plans I’ve seen look great and I’m getting excited. I think this is going to be really beneficial and needed space. 
  • A week ago Sunday we had a worship and prayer night to conclude our Prayer series. It was a great time to hear stories of how God has been at work in people’s lives, to pray for the church, and to worship Jesus. We concluded the night with two baptisms with folks who were connected at CP Winter Springs. Super encouraging night. Hoping our church will increasingly be rooted in prayer. 
  • Overall I feel pretty good about the first month of 2015. 
  • I’ve been enjoying my bible reading plan – it takes you to a different genre of the Bible each day. I’ve enjoyed the variety. You can see the plan here

Below are some pics from yesterday. Have a great week!

Sermon Quotes & Scripture – 1.11.15 – Seeking Our Father’s Provision

The ambitions we have will become the stories we live.  If you want to know what a person’s story is about, just ask them what they want.  If we don’t want anything, we are living boring stories, and if we want a Roomba vacuum cleaner, we are living stupid stories.  If it won’t work in a story, it won’t work in life.
– Donald Miller, A Million Miles in a Thousand Years

Is not this one of the most wonderful things in the whole of Scripture, that the God who is the Creator and Sustainer of the universe, the God who is forming His eternal kingdom and who will usher it in at the end, the God to whom the nations are but as `the small dust of the balance’- that such a God should be prepared to consider your little needs and mine even down to the minutest details in this matter of daily bread!
– Martyn Lloyd-Jones

Our foolishness leads us to believe that we control life and have it on our terms. The great lie of life is that you can grasp power and control and create a life of meaning. The fruit of this foolishness is prayerlessness. Prayerlessness is forgetting who you are and what kind of drama you are in— that you are not on your own, isolated and alone, but live your life in him, through him, and with him. Prayerlessness is believing that you are more than dust and that time will bend to your will. Prayerlessness is always the fruit of idolatry. Prayerlessness is poor interpretation of reality, and it leads to a posture not fitting of who you are. This posture leads us to continually whitewash our lives while our hearts die within.
– Jamin Goggin & Kyle Strobel, Beloved Dust

He must be excessively stupid who does not hence learn humility.
– John Calvin

So then worry is a waste—a waste of time, thought and nervous energy. We need to learn to live a day at a time. We should plan for the future, of course, but not worry about the future. ‘One day’s trouble is enough for one day,’ or, ‘Each day has troubles enough of its own.’ So why anticipate them? If we do, we double them. For if our fear does not materialize, we have worried once for nothing; if it does materialize, we have worried twice instead of once. In both cases it is foolish: worry doubles trouble.
– John Stott

The soul of the sluggard craves and gets nothing, while the soul of the diligent is richly supplied.
– Proverbs 13:4

Jesus said to them, 
“I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst.
– John 6:35

“Come, everyone who thirsts, come to the waters; and he who has no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without price. Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread, and your labor for that which does not satisfy? Listen diligently to me, and eat what is good, and delight yourselves in rich food.
– Isaiah 55:1-2

Sermon Quotes & Scripture – 12.7.14 – Blessed are the Reviled

Now she had got a start, and she went on and told me all about the good place. She said all a body would have to do there was to go around all day long with a harp and sing, forever and ever. So I didn’t think much of it. But I never said so. I asked her if she reckoned Tom Sawyer would go there, and she said not by a considerable sight. I was glad about that, because I wanted him and me to be together.
– Huck Finn

We think of ourselves as fun-loving, and of God as a humorless killjoy. But we’ve got it backward. It’s not God who’s boring; it’s us. Did we invent wit, humor, and laughter? No. God did. We’ll never begin to exhaust God’s sense of humor and his love for adventure. The real question is this: How could God not be bored with us ? 
– Randy Alcorn, Heaven

In his book Things Unseen, pastor Mark Buchanan asks, Why won’t we be bored in heaven? Because it’s the one place where both impulses— to go beyond, to go home— are perfectly joined and totally satisfied. It’s the one place where we’re constantly discovering— where everything is always fresh and the possessing of a thing is asgood as the pursuing of it— and yet where we are fully at home— where everything is as it ought to be and where we find, undiminished, that mysterious something we never found down here. . . . And this lifelong melancholy that hangs on us, this wishing we were someone else somewhere else, vanishes too. Our craving to go beyond is always and fully realized. Our yearning for home is once and for all fulfilled. The ahh! of deep satisfaction and the aha! of delighted surprise meet, and they kiss.
– Randy Alcorn, Heaven

No death, no suffering. No funeral homes, abortion clinics, or psychiatric wards. No rape, missing children, or drug rehabilitation centers. No bigotry, no muggings or killings. No worry or depression or economic downturns. No wars, no unemployment. No anguish over failure and miscommunication.No con men. No locks. No death. No mourning. No pain. No boredom. No arthritis, no handicaps, no cancer, no taxes, no bills, no computer crashes, no weeds, no bombs, no drunkenness, no traffic jams and accidents, no septic-tank backups. No mental illness. No unwanted e-mails. Close friendships but no cliques, laughter but no put-downs. Intimacy, but no temptation to immorality. No hidden agendas, no backroom deals, no betrayals.
– Randy Alcorn, Heaven

The critical question for our generation—and for every generation—is this: If you could have heaven, with no sickness, and with all the friends you ever had on earth, and all the food you ever liked, and all the leisure activities you ever enjoyed, and all the natural beauties you ever saw, all the physical pleasures you ever tasted, and no human conflict or any natural disasters, could you be satisfied with heaven, if Christ were not there?
– John Piper

and when they had called in the apostles, they beat them and charged them not to speak in the name of Jesus, and let them go. Then they left the presence of the council, rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer dishonor for the name.And every day, in the temple and from house to house, they did not cease teaching and preaching that the Christ is Jesus.
– Acts 5:40-42

These all died in faith, not having received the things promised, but having seen them and greeted them from afar, and having acknowledged that they were strangers and exiles on the earth. For people who speak thus make it clear that they are seeking a homeland.If they had been thinking of that land from which they had gone out, they would have had opportunity to return. But as it is, they desire a better country, that is, a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared for them a city.
– Hebrews 11:13-16

And the beast was given a mouth uttering haughty and blasphemous words, and it was allowed to exercise authority for forty-two months. It opened its mouth to utter blasphemies against God, blaspheming his name and his dwelling, that is, those who dwell in heaven.
– Revelation 13:5-6

Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God.
– Revelation 21:1-3

Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed him stricken,
smitten by God, and afflicted. But he was pierced for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his wounds we are healed.
– Isaiah 53:4-5

A Song for Thanksgiving

On this Thanksgiving day may I suggest taking 7 1/2 minutes to listen to this song? May you be encouraged by it’s perspective. 

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

Sermon Quotes & Scripture – 11.23.14 – Blessed are the Peacemakers

In the Bible, shalom means universal flourishing, wholeness and delight – a rich state of affairs in which natural needs are satisfied and natural gifts fruitfully employed, a state of affairs that inspires joyful wonder as its Creator and Savior opens doors and welcomes the creatures in whom he delights. Shalom, in other words, is the way things ought to be.
– Cornelius Plantinga

The peacemaker is one who is not always looking at everything in terms of the effect it has upon himself. Now is not that the whole trouble with us by nature? We look at everything as it affects us. `What is the reaction upon me? What is this going to mean to me?’ And the moment we think like that there is of necessity war, because everybody else is doing the same thing.That is the explanation of all the quarrelling and discord. Everybody looks at it from the self-centred point of view. `Is this fair to me? Am I having my rights and dues?’ They are not interested in the causes they should be serving, or the great thing that brings them all together, this Church, Society, or Organization.
– Martyn Lloyd-Jones

“I know you’re a good ballplayer. What I don’t know is whether you have the guts. I’m looking, for a ballplayer with guts enough not to fight back.”
– Branch Rickey to Jackie Robinson as quoted in the book 7 Men

The radicalness of Christ’s call to peacemaking demands a renovation of human personality. One must first have a profound experience of the shalom of God. No one can become a peacemaker until he has found peace himself. The tragedy is that people do not go to the heart of the matter. Without grace, we are natural enemies of God and of one another. Our hearts must be changed. We cannot give what we do not possess.
– Kent Hughes

Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” So God created man in his own image,in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. And God blessed them. And God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it, and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”
– Genesis 1:26-28

Precisely because they have misled my people, saying, ‘Peace,’ when there is no peace, and because, when the people build a wall, these prophets smear it with whitewash, say to those who smear it with whitewash that it shall fall! There will be a deluge of rain, and you, O great hailstones, will fall, and a stormy wind break out.
– Ezekiel 13:10-11

So if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there before the altar and go. First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift.
– Matthew 5:23-24

Live in harmony with one another. Do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly. Never be wise in your own sight. Repay no one evil for evil, but give thought to do what is honorable in the sight of all. If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all.
– Romans 12:16-18

“You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.’ But I say to you, Do not resist the one who is evil. But if anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also…”
– Matthew 5:38-39

But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. For he himself is our peace, who has made us both one and has broken down in his flesh the dividing wall of hostility by abolishing the law of commandments expressed in ordinances, that he might create in himself one new man in place of the two, so making peace, and might reconcile us both to God in one body through the cross, thereby killing the hostility. And he came and preached peace to you who were far off and peace to those who were near. For through him we both have access in one Spirit to the Father. So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone, in whom the whole structure, being joined together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord. In him you also are being built together into a dwelling place for God by the Spirit.
– Ephesians 2:13-22 

Random Reflections

Well it’s been a few weeks since I’ve posted an update, so here goes…

  • really enjoying and being challenged by our #Blessed series on the Beatitudes – you can check it out here.
  • working on some Christmas Eve service stuff today – crazy that it’s almost that time of year again. 
  • Sunday was one of those super encouraging, super full, and super tiring days. Child dedications. Preaching. Wedding planning for a couple in the church. Joint community group cookout. Final partnership class. 
  • Always love seeing what God does in and through 4 weeks of the gospel partnership class. You really see the gospel taking root deeper and deeper in people’s lives. 
  • I am no longer going to Dunkin Donuts 2x per day for coffee. Instead, I have been really enjoying utilizing this little device. Related aside…no longer using sugar in my coffee. #babysteps
  • been listening to the new Andrew Peterson album on repeat most of the last week. It’s a great compilation of some of his best songs and a few new ones. If you are not familiar with his work, this would be a great introduction. Leave this blog immediately and go purchase. Seriously.
  • about a week and a half ago the CrossPointe staff headed to Dallas for the Acts29 North America church planting conference. It was a great time to learn from others, be encouraged and challenged. Grateful to be part of this network. Check out the highlight video here.
  • the elders of CrossPointe Winter Park have been spending a lot of time trying to finalize plans for our mid-size training space.  Please be praying as we are hoping to finalize lease details this week. Really excited about this next step for us as a church. I think it will be a useful tool for much gospel fruit in 2015. 

Below are some pictures from Sunday’s happenings. 

Sermon Quotes & Scripture – 11.16.14

The following were referenced during the sermon Blessed are the Pure in Heart.

You have made us for yourself, O Lord, and our heart is restless until it rests in you.
– Augustine

Our inability to see God is not a deficiency in our eyes but a deficiency in our hearts. God will not allow Himself to be seen by those who are impure.
– R.C. Sproul

Scriptural writers fear “double- mindedness” not merely because it shows disloyalty and ingratitude but also because its perpetrator becomes its victim. Divided worship destroys worshipers. Divided love destroys lovers. To split the truly important longings and loyalties is to crack one’s own foundations and to invite the crumbling and, finally, the disintegration of life itself. A divided house cannot stand.
– Cornelius Plantinga

The terrible, tragic fallacy of the last hundred years has been to think that all man’s troubles are due to his environment, and that to change the man you have nothing to do but to change his environment. That is a tragic fallacy. It overlooks the fact that it was in Paradise that man fell. It was in a perfect environment that he first went wrong, so to put man in a perfect environment cannot solve his problems.
– Martyn Lloyd-Jones

Though you have struggled in vain against your evil habits, though you have wrestled with them sternly and resolved and resolved, only to be defeated by your giant sins and your terrible passions, there is One who can conquer all your sins for you. There is One who is stronger than Hercules, who can strangle the persistent evil of your lust, kill the lion of your passions, and cleanse the filthy stable of your evil nature by turning the great rivers of blood and water in His atoning sacrifice right through your soul. He can make and keep you pure within.
– Charles Spurgeon

The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it?
– Jeremiah 17:9

Who shall ascend the hill of the LORD? And who shall stand in his holy place? 
He who has clean hands and a pure heart, who does not lift up his soul to what is false and does not swear deceitfully.
– Psalm 24:3-4

You shall have no other gods before me. 
– Exodus 20:3

“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you clean the outside of the cup and the plate, but inside they are full of greed and self-indulgence. You blind Pharisee! First clean the inside of the cup and the plate, that the outside also may be clean.”
– Matthew 23:25-26

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.
– John 3:16-17

I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you shall be clean from all your uncleannesses, and from all your idols I will cleanse you. And I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you. And I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. And I will put my Spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes and be careful to obey my rules.
– Ezekiel 36:25-27

If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
– 1 John 1:8-9

Therefore, brothers, since we have confidence to enter the holy places by the blood of Jesus, by the new and living way that he opened for us through the curtain, that is, through his flesh, and since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us draw near with a true heart infull assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful.
– Hebrews 10:19-23

Sermon Quotes & Scripture – 11.9.16

On Tinder, you feel no guilt when you permanently trash the faces of others, and you feel no pain when others trash your face. But our lack of guilt and pain doesn’t change what we’re doing. Swipe by swipe, we are conditioning ourselves to trust our snap judgments and to treat human beings as disposable and replaceable. Is all our left-swiping making us far too comfortable treating people like ephemeral visual objects that await our instinctual judgments? Are we being trained to think that the faces of others can be disposed of and replaced with a judgmental flick of the thumb? Is the lesson we’re learning: Go ahead, give in, and judge books by their covers? Is the left swipe a dehumanizing gesture? Could repeatedly left-swiping over all those faces be diminishing any hope of an ethical response to other human beings?  Are we on some thumb-twisted, slippery, swipey slope to #APPjectification?
– Felicity Sargent

We all want to help kind-hearted, upright people, whose poverty came upon them through no foolishness or contribution of their own, and who will respond to our aid with gratitude and joy. However, almost no one like that exists.
– Tim Keller, Generous Justice

Before you can give this neighbor-love, you need to receive it. Only if you see that you have been saved graciously by someone who owes you the opposite will you go out into the world looking to help absolutely anyone in need. Once we receive this ultimate, radical neighbor-love through Jesus, we can start to be the neighbors that the Bible calls us to be.
– Tim Keller, Generous Justice

But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved—and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of hisgrace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.
– Ephesians 2:4-10

Sermon Quotes & Scripture – 11.2.14

The more abundantly the benefits of civilization come streaming our way, the emptier our life becomes. With all its wealth and power, it only shows that the human heart, in which God has put eternity, is so huge that all the world is too small to satisfy it.
– Herman Bavink

A counterfeit god (idol) is anything so central and essential to your life that, should you lose it, your life would feel hardly worth living. An idol has such a controlling position in your heart that you can spend most of your passion and energy, your emotional and financial resources, on it without a second thought. It can be family and children, or career and making money, or achievement and critical acclaim, or saving “face” and social standing. It can be a romantic relationship, peer approval, competence and skill, secure and comfortable circumstances, your beauty or your brains, a great political or social cause, your morality and virtue, or even success in the Christian ministry. When your meaning in life is to fix someone else’s life, we may call it “codependency” but it is really idolatry. An idol is whatever you look at and say, in your heart of hearts, “If I have that, then I’ll feel my life has meaning, then I’ll know I have value, then I’ll feel significant and secure.” There are many ways to describe that kind of relationship to something, but perhaps the best one is worship.
-Tim Keller, Counterfeit Gods

Psalm 63:1
O God, you are my God; earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you; my flesh faints for you, as in a dry and weary land where there is no water.

Psalm 63:5-6
My soul will be satisfied as with fat and rich food, and my mouth will praise you with joyful lips, when I remember you upon my bed, and meditate on you in the watches of the night;

Romans 3:10-12
“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.”

1 John 2:16-17
For all that is in the world—the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride of life—is not from the Father but is from the world. And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever.

2 Corinthians 5:21
For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

Isaiah 55:1-2
“Come, everyone who thirsts, come to the waters; and he who has no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without price. Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread, and your labor for that which does not satisfy? Listen diligently to me, and eat what is good, and delight yourselves in rich food.