When one who was lost is found, when one who wandered away comes home, when relationships that were broken are mended God celebrates as surely as a happy puppy wags its tail.
Just as a dog waits patiently for it's owner to return, and the father waited patiently for the Prodigal to return, so our heavenly Father waits for us so He can speak the sweetest words in the world into our ears.
In this series Rev. Dave explores what our dogs can teach us about the loving nature of God, beginning with the fact that God goes looking for the lost, and always finds them.
In a world wracked by violence and hatred, where sorrows find us all too easily, can we really dream of a day filled with joy? The prophet Isaiah thought so, and so do we.
In the midst of great unrest and war the prophet Isaiah dares to envision a day of peace ushered in by the arrival of a new king. Can that vision speak to our circumstances today?
We all hope and long for something more, something better, something real and lasting. The world tells us that our hope is found in "stuff". Isaiah reminds us that true hope is found only in the grace of God.
God has given each one of us gifts to be used for building up the community and for helping others know the love of Jesus Christ. All gifts are vital for they all come from God. What are your gifts, and how is God calling you to use them?
Using Jesus' analogy of having a log in our eye while we seek to remove the speck in someone else's, Rev. Dave reminds us that our job is not to "fix" people or try to make them conform to our standards. It is simply to walk with them, listen to them, and love them with the same love we have found in Jesus Christ.