Every day I am amazed at the redemption the Lord Jesus provides for us! Let’s thank Him for our time together this morning. And let’s worship Him in spirit and truth.

I’ll cover some verses in Genesis 45 this morning. It’s gratifying to hear from a number of you about this current series. Several of you have said it has made the Old Testament come alive. I remember so well when I learned that every page of the Bible points to Jesus in some way. And it also points us to the cross, redemption, the Christian life, and the end of the age.

Today’s sermon is entitled “The Cycle of the Christian Life.” What happens when we are redeemed? We are commissioned to go and tell. You’ll see that pattern clearly in these verses this morning.

I hope you’ll be with us late this afternoon for the “Value Them Both” Amendment informational meeting. It’s at 5 p.m. We have childcare for birth through 3rd grade. As we go about our day, abortion is silent and invisible. But the plain fact is that every day, over 1,700 babies are killed. Babies. And not only that, they are killed by grisly means. We cannot ever be silent about this. We cannot ever accept this as a “political reality.” We must do what we can do to stop it, which includes prayer and voting. In all the talk about “social justice” today, this is not mentioned often. Yet this is the greatest injustice of all.

Ever since I’ve been a believer, I’ve prayed for Roe v. Wade to be overturned. And it appears that is imminent. But that won’t end abortion. It will simply turn it back to the states. So the “Value Them Both” Amendment in Kansas is a start. There is much to learn about this amendment, and I will be learning with you.

And anytime we mention abortion, it needs to be said that there is always grace and mercy available for those who have been involved in an abortion. The people who have talked to me about their involvement in one over the years have one theme: speak against it full blast. The pain is often lifelong. The guilt stays. If you are reading this today, and that’s you, I am praying that you will be overwhelmed by the grace of Jesus. Remember 1 John 1:9: “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” Stephen Olford said “Don’t go digging in the grave of God’s forgiveness.” That’s a good word to anyone struggling with regret.

Lord bless you today as we worship together!