Dr. Ken Pickerill – “A Foundation for Our Faith”
“What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase? By no means! We are those who have died to sin; how can we live in it any longer?” -- Romans 6:1&2
God’s Holy Word is such a vital part of our daily faith walk. Time spent reading and reflecting on scripture is a significant part of life in Christ. It provides divine wisdom applicable to each joyous occasion and every challenging circumstance that becomes a part of life’s story. In these two verses we find the essential scriptural theme of grace for our lives.
Our lives need this scriptural reminder of God’s favor and mercy which is meant to change the way of daily living, meant to provide stability in faith. The playwright, Eugene O’Neill, calls the grace of God “glue.” Scripture is filled with grace events -- events that are reminders of God’s infinite love. Philip Yancey, in What’s So Amazing about Grace, shares the idea that such events are reminders to step outside the “…world of ungrace and enter into God’s realm of infinite grace….I deserved punishment and got forgiveness. I deserved wrath and got love.”
As we come to scripture for devotional time or just to let it clear our thinking and realign it with God’s thoughts, be prepared for it to surprise us. Scripture is a love story --- God’s love story for His creation.
- Dr. Kenneth Pickerill, Professor of HPERA