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Valentine's Day

To give them beauty for ashes,

The oil of joy for mourning,

The garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness;

Isaiah 61:3



Good morning, church of the living God!


Though we are prevented from meeting together this morning due to weather, nothing prevents us from meeting with our God in heaven.


I was thinking about Isaiah 61:3 and how God gives us beauty for ashes, joy for mourning, and a garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness.


Give God your ashes (your sins),

your mourning (your losses and regrets),

and your heaviness (depression & anxiety),

then wait on Him to see what He gives you in exchange (hint... beauty, joy and praise).




Let’s praise Him today for these promises and the many other promises in His word. Let’s praise Him for the beauty and joy He gives us as we come into His presence and lay hold, by faith, of these promises through the Spirit and cross of Jesus Christ. May the Spirit of God give us ears to hear, eyes to see, and hungry hearts for His word. God bless you and see you soon!


Pastor Rick

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