LentMarch 2018

Greetings in the name of our risen savior, Jesus Christ;

Friends, we have embarked on our Lenten Journey. We are on the road with Jesus.

On this journey we will experience the jubilee of Christ’s entry into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday, the fear and anxiety of Maundy Thursday, the pain, suffering and grief of Good Friday and finally the joyous exuberant experience of the Resurrection on Easter Sunday.

Easter is what our faith is all about. Sure, we have other celebrations and traditions that we observe but without Easter and the Resurrection it’s meaningless. Our faith is based on and assured by the facts that Jesus Christ died on a cross as the sacrifice for our sins and then rose from the dead. This releases us from the bonds of sin and death if we believe in Him and profess Jesus as our Lord and Savior. John 3:16 says, "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”

As we go through Lent, this time of reflection, repentance, fasting and forgiveness, my prayer is that you would open your hearts and minds in order that the saving power of Jesus might enter in. When we come together as one in Christ, we can change lives and the world.

We must remember that as Christians, although we live in this world, we are not of this world. The early church was a stark contrast to the beliefs of the world. In order for the Church to be effective today, we must grasp those early truths and demonstrate that we are different from the world.

This Lent and Easter season, search you heart, search you soul and renew your faith by proclaiming Jesus Christ is your Lord. HE’S ALIVE!!!

Grace and Peace,

Pastor Bill

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