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Monday, July 2, 2018
"A Bridge To Cross The Great Divide"
Message summary: This last Saturday we visited the Kinzua Bridge for the first time since it was renovated after a tornado. It's better than ever as a tourist attraction but it's not much of a bridge anymore. Storms have toppled many a bridge but today let's consider a timeless bridge that continues to function because it is indestructible and leads to an unshakable kingdom.
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"For God was pleased to
have all His fullness dwell in Him, and through Him to reconcile
everything to Himself by making peace through the blood of His
cross—whether things on earth or things in heaven. Once you were
alienated and hostile in your minds because of your evil actions. But
now He has reconciled you by His physical body through His death, to
present you holy, faultless, and blameless before Him— if indeed you
remain grounded and steadfast in the faith and are not shifted away
from the hope of the gospel that you heard. This gospel has been
proclaimed in all creation under heaven, and I, Paul, have become a
servant of it" (Colossians 1:19-23).
A way was made to reach the other side
The mercy of the Father, cost His son His life
His love is deep, His love is wide
There's a cross to bridge the great divide
Salvation is often graphically depicted as a bridge between sinful man and a holy God. In factthe Navigators,
ministry I have appreciated through the years, has a small tract
explaining salvation called "The Bridge To Life" illustrating that a
great chasm separates sinful humanity from a holy God. But Jesus
Christ, in dying on the cross, bridges that mighty chasm. The cross is
God's only appointed means for man to reach Him. It is supremely
Daily prayer: Heavenly Father, just like a grand canyon, sin cuts and digs deep chasms between us and a holy God. Thank You for providing Your only Son, Jesus, to act as a redemptive bridge so that we can cross over the great divide and transition from sin to forgiveness, from death to life, from punishment to mercy, from despair to eternal hope. We are now one with You, Father, and can act as a channel of Your mercy when we invite needy souls to walk over the bridge of salvation. It is because of Jesus that we can approach You, our holy God, and pray to You as our heavenly Father. Amen.
This last weekend we travelled to northern Pennsylvania to an area we lived during the late 70's through early 90's. We expect we will have several days of photos to share from that trip!
Kinzua Bridge side view
Kinzua Bridge skywalk
Kinzua Bridge observation deck
Kinzua Bridge structural steel as viewed through platform of glass on observation deck.
Photo of Kinzua Bridge ruins as seen from the observation deck.
Photo of us on overlook (Not a selfie but the old-fashioned way of asking someone to take your photo and then you take theirs!)
Bruce and Cindy Jack have been our friends for over 35 years and were a key part of the church we served in northern Pennsylvania. They both remain active in service for the Lord with Bruce still playing in a Christian band and Cindy leading women's Bible studies!
Bruce Jack is a log truck driver who displays this cross on the truck grill as a means of expressing his faith. During our visit on Saturday he recalled a time back when he was giving a testimony in church and spoke of driving his truck down the road "loaded". He reminded me that I followed up his testimony, for the sake of any who might not have known what Bruce did for a living, that "loaded" meant he was transporting a load of logs on his truck and not the other way "loaded" is used!
Today's Suggested Music and Supplemental Resources
Oh, the love that drew salvation’s plan!
Oh, the grace that brought it down to man!
Oh, the mighty gulf that God did span
Kinzua Bridge (Includes photos before tornado)
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