Gems From Pastor Jim

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by Jim Hughes

CrossPs. 119:52 I meditate on your age-old laws; O LORD, they comfort me.

Are you a New or Old Testament student? If you are like I was when I was younger, you rarely delve into the Old Testament. For most, the only Old Testament they really spend much time with are those passages that speak of heroes of the faith and passages that are familiar from Sunday School days. There are many parts of the Old Testament that are rarely visited, if ever.

There for a while in my life, I just couldn’t bring myself to spend time in the Old Testament. I knew that it was important because God put it there, but I felt it wasn’t for me. I was never one to be into history too much; I was always more interested in the present than the past. However, once I did take the time and leap into the Old Testament, I began to discover the great treasures that the Lord had for me there. Much of what we learn about God is found there.

Without the historical perspective of the Old Testament, our concept of God is incomplete and distorted. It is there that God reveals himself as one who is holy. It is there that we learn about God’s justice and mercy. It is there that we begin to grasp just how much God loves us and seeks to care for those who put their trust in Him. It is there where we discover that God is just and will not let us get away with sin. It is there where we are exposed to God’s great power. It is there where we discover that God uses broken vessels, just like us, for His purposes and glory. It is there where we discover most of God’s precious promises. It is there where God establishes the boundaries of holy living.

There is great comfort in meditating on God’s laws. Each one is a testimony of God ‘s love for us as they show us the way to God. God reminds us through the law that He desires a relationship with us. He shows us the pathway to holiness so that we can draw near to God. He exposes our sins and shows us just how much we need a Savior.

If you are not reading the whole counsel of God’s Word, you are starving your soul of necessary food for a healthy soul
C Through Marriage

About the Author:

Jim HughesSpending his formative years in Ft. Wayne, IN, Jim followed the love of his life to southeast Iowa where they married and have spent the majority of their lives. Jim has pastored several churches throughout his life and has worked many years in local factories to help support his family. The father of two married adult children and one son still at home, Jim is a first-time author.

C Through Marriage came into being through many years of pastoral and life experiences. The book first took on a life of its own over 20 years ago when I sought to address the much publicized moral failures of prominent leaders in the church. In the chaper on Chasity, I include the guideliness that I developed then to protect one’s self from such failures.

I am a firm believer in order to make sense out of life you have to use much common sense. We need to get back to the basics of what has worked for many, many generations. If is isn’t broke, why try to fix it? I strive to return to the basics of what really works in all my writings.

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