It was a four-poster bed, high off the floor, a good climb for a three-year-old boy. His parents were faithful church-goers, and made arrangements for one of the more dependable maids to watch the office of the small mom and pop motel they owned and ran. He stood on his parents’ bed, singing Jesus Loves Me, as he got ready for Sunday school. That’s the way it was every Sunday. I can still recall that scene some 63 years later.
I am thankful for my parents’ commitment and faithful church attendance. I am even more grateful that they pointed me to Jesus from my earliest years. There was built a solid foundation that would never fail. Faith in Jesus, confidence in the Bible, and delight in God’s love for me would shape my heart and life throughout the years.
Whatever else I share through this unfolding project without this foundation it would be worthless. Apart from a deep faith in God’s love and grace in Jesus Christ, and a absolute confidence in Scripture, I have little of value to say. With God’s word as the absolute foundation of faith, the grace of God and the blessing of faith find their faultless foundation.
I’ve had a book in mind for many years. It’s foundation is Jesus’ love, biblical truth, and the blessings of faith. It is, however, a book about the profound implication of being justified by God, by faith and for the sake of Jesus. You, dear reader, are getting to see the first draft of this effort. I hope it proves to be worthy of your time and mine. I believe the lessons I’ve learned over these past years may prove helpful to you. I certainly hope that proves to be the case.
I rely deeply on God’s grace, mercy and forgiveness. I am deeply thankful for God’s forgiveness. And I commend you to these biblical truths
A broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise. Psalm 51:17
Jesus said, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick; I have come to call not the righteous but sinners.” Mark 2:17