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“Piece by Piece”…that a father could stay…

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Like millions of others, I watched Kelly Clarkson cry on American Idol.  Like millions of others, I cried with her.

Her song, “Piece by Piece” is about a father who left when she was six years old, and about her husband, who has loved her and their baby…who has picked up the pieces of her broken heart and shown her what it is like to be loved without having to earn it…I’m telling you, it is a powerful song.

But here is the thing.

Every human father eventually fails.  Every husband falls down once in a while.  Mothers and wives do too.

But as I listened, I heard the powerful strains of the Gospel coming through the music. All of us get dropped, and all of us find ourselves in pieces on the ground at one time or another.  Yet no human being can fix everything that has been broken.  We may resolve to try to help others, or to find someone who can help us.  In the final part of the song, Kelly states her resolve not to be like her earthly father with her own daughter (and soon to be born son).

Piece by piece I fell far from the tree
I will never leave her like you left me
And she will never have to wonder her worth
Because unlike you I’m going to put her first
And you know, he’ll never walk away,
He’ll never break her heart
He’ll take care of things, he’ll love her
And piece by piece, he’ll restore my faith
That a man can be kind and a father should be great.

Only Jesus can lead us to the Father who can be that for all who are broken to pieces and abandoned by a disappointing, heart-breaking world.  He’ll never break our hearts…He’ll never walk away…He’ll love us…He’ll take care of things…He’ll restore all that has been lost!

Listen to the song with you eyes on Jesus and see the loving mercy and grace of the heavenly Father in a song that was not likely to have been intended for that purpose.  But as the power of its lyrics flood over you, be very glad that our great God picks us up, “piece by piece.” He makes all things new* through the grace of Jesus Christ to all who will come to Him who gives us rest** and restores our souls!  Only God the Father can be that kind and be that great, can be worthy of our absolute trust.  We all need such a Father…so we all need Christ!

*2 Corinthians 5:17
** Matthew 11:28-30

With Christ – Dying To Live – Romans 6:1-14

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May 24, 2015

“When we put our faith in Jesus Christ, we die with Him so that we might live with Him and for Him in the new and glorious power of His resurrection.” – Pastor David Horner

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Inseparable: The Gospel and Prayer – Acts 4:23-31

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May 17, 2015

“When we pray and share the hope of the gospel in the power of the Holy Spirit, even the worst of times among men become the best of times with Jesus Christ.” – Pastor David Horner

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With Hearts Wide Open – 2 Corinthians 6:3-13

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April 20, 2008

While Pastor Horner is away from the Pulpit, please consider this message from our sermon archives on trusting Jesus Christ with a wide open heart.

“Until we trust Christ with wide open hearts, we cannot hope to discover the joy of holding nothing back when once we commit to follow Him all the way.” – Pastor David Horner

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Standing in Grace – Romans 5:1-11

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“Through Jesus Christ, we take our stand and run the race of life trusting in Him and His grace alone—and there we will find the richness of His joy and great, great love!” – Pastor David Horner

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A Showcase of Righteousness – Romans 3:21-31

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March 15, 2015

“God wants to make you a showcase for His righteousness and sent Jesus to get you ready to do it right!” – Pastor David Horner

 

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Out of a Full Heart – Romans 15:8-13

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September 6, 2009

As we move forward with Vision 2-20,  we invite you to reflect on this message from our sermon archives and how the Lord is calling you to reach lost people at home and around the world.

Missio Dei is the mission of God to tell hopeless people that there is hope through faith in Jesus Christ, and by the power of the Spirit give them joyful hearts that live to praise Him.”                  Pastor David Horner

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No Excuses Needed – Romans 2:1-11

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February 8, 2015

“To be freely forgiven and made alive through Jesus Christ makes it possible to live life without excuses or regrets—He makes all things new by His grace!” – Pastor David Horner

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Transformed into His Likeness – Philippians 3:20-21

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November 23, 2008

Please enjoy this message from our sermon archives as we meditate on what it means to “cultivate a culture of evangelism.”

“Through the grace of Jesus Christ, God has provided a way for each of us to recover the life He created us to live in His image and for His glory.” – Pastor David Horner

 

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Image Bearers – Genesis 1:26-28

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November 16, 2008

While David is away from the pulpit, we invite you to enjoy this message from our sermon archives, as we consider what it means to “cultivate a culture of evangelism.”

“Since we lost His likeness, God has made it possible for that image to be restored through Jesus Christ.” – Pastor David Horner

 

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