Words from the Heart for Monday December 9th, 2019
…Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners—of whom I am the worst. But for that very reason I was shown mercy so that in me, the worst of sinners, Christ Jesus might display his immense patience as an example for those who would believe in him and receive eternal life.
1 Timothy 1:15-16 (NIV)
The Navy is quietly transforming almost every aspect of Canada’s naval training system. Students and trainees can look forward to streamlined training courses; delivery when the trainees need it, and more realistic training. A move away from classroom lecture methods is being implemented in many training programs. The Royal Canadian Navy wants to achieve its goal of ensuring training is no longer simply tied to a course – they want to make training accessible, ever present, and responsive to the learning needs of sailors.
Paul the apostle had previously been known as Saul of Tarsus, and if you were a follower of Jesus, he was not your favourite guy. He spent his life pursuing the followers of the Way, as Christians were called in the early years of the Church. He participated in the stoning of the first martyr, Stephen, and he was headed to Damascus with letters of authority to arrest the Christians there. Then Jesus stopped him in his tracks and the rest, as they say, is history. Listen to how Paul describes what happened to him in 1 Timothy 1:15-16: “…Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners—of whom I am the worst. But for that very reason I was shown mercy so that in me, the worst of sinners, Christ Jesus might display his immense patience as an example for those who would believe in him and receive eternal life.” In a matter of minutes, Paul went from being the enemy of Christ to His greatest spokesman. He is what has become known as a trophy of grace. And through him, the transforming power of Jesus is seen powerfully. If He could do this for Paul, He can do it for you.
These have been words from the heart.