Monday, July 16, 2012

Our Growing Family!

In John 15:11, Jesus is speaking to His disciples telling them “these things I have spoken to you, so that My joy may be in you and that your joy may be full.”  My joy sure is full these days.

Last Saturday, Sheila and I had the privilege to give our daughter Lauren to become the wife of Zach Dickson.  We had given our daughter Lindsey in marriage just last August to Jordan Limerick.  I was thinking there should be some kind of moratorium on weddings so that they could be at least two years apart.  But here we were again, eleven months later giving another daughter away.

Jesus was getting ready to leave His disciples to go and die for them.  He was getting ready to pay the ultimate sacrifice by laying down His life for them.  That sacrifice is what makes verse 11 so meaningful to me.  When anyone turns from their sin and trusts in the saving work of Christ on the cross, they enter into an amazing relationship full of joy.  Joy fills our lives and makes us full.  I can tell you today, I have never been so full of the joy that comes from Him.  He is so good and so worth it.

Our family has grown with the addition of Zack and his family.  We welcome all of them into our family just as we have Jordan and his family.  I think Christ gets great joy as His family grows!  Today, abide in Him and let His words abide in you and you will bear fruit.  That fruit may very well be the fruit of people coming into the family of God!

I love you,

Todd Alewine
Lead Pastor, BCC