Valerie is a 42-year-old, single, Reformed Christian lady who lives in Baltimore. She doesn't remember a time
before she knew and loved Jesus, but she does remember accepting John Calvin into her heart in March of 2000.
Valerie is a member of Christ Reformed Evangelical Church in Annapolis.
Though her career aspiration is to be a housewife, Valerie has not yet found anyone suitable who wishes to hire
her for employment in that field (or, more properly, anyone suitable has not found her), so in the meantime she
earns her daily bread working in communications -- editing, writing, print design and website management.
'Tell Me the Gospel'
Several years ago, a friend and I were lazing on the grass outside the office of my former church. I can't remember exactly what we were discussing, but I must have been discouraged about something, because I asked her, "Tell me the gospel."
Her reaction was so strange to me. "No!" she said, clearly upset that I had asked. "You know that! You don't need me to tell you!" She took it as the question of an unbeliever...as if I were doubting my salvation.
But "those who know it best seem hungering and thirsting to hear it like the rest," and I can't imagine ever losing my appetite for it. Am I struggling? I need to be reminded that Christ has paid for my sin. Am I thriving? I need to be reminded that I am utterly dependent on Him.
Of course I need to preach the gospel to myself as well, but it's especially helpful to hear it from others. Surely that's the crux of what it means to encourage one another daily. Surely that's our safest defense and our sharpest weapon against our enemies. Surely it is the message that is never amiss.
I love covenant renewal worship precisely because I can count on hearing (and tasting and seeing) the gospel at least once a week. But I wouldn't mind hearing it more often. So if you're ever at a loss for words, or trying to think of a good deed for the day, or just bored and looking for something to do, tell me (or somebody else) the gospel!
Posted by Valerie (Kyriosity) at 1:46 PM