Bless the Lord #2

“For all Your goodness I will keep on singing Ten thousand reasons for my heart to find…” Matt Redman. These posts are my simple way to cultivate a heart of love and praise. The goal: to list 10,000 of the reasons in my life. Join me if you want.


#2 His grace when my church up bringing wasn’t enough.

I grew up a good Lutheran boy. Knew the Catechism. Had perfect attendance in Sunday School. Knew the Old Testament in the Fall and the life of Jesus in the Spring. Yet I didn’t know how to live the Christian live, outside of praying the Lord’s Prayer really fast at bed time. Then, one day, in God’s sovereign plan, I started hanging out at a youth center in my hometown that was a party alternative. It was run by a preacher who not only shared the gospel while playing darts, pool or Foosball, but shared his life and where Jesus had taken him from. We had endless hours in his black ’66 Cougar talking about the Bible christian life and finally, a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.  I’m grateful for my church upbringing and the things I learned.I’m also grateful for that preacher and the youth outreach center.  But I bless the Lord that it didn’t save me, but Jesus did! It is His Righteousness and not my goodness.


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