Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Easter Is On The Way

Some friends from our Vancouver days are now living in New Orleans, and  through their pictures this week reminded me of how close we all are to Easter. Seeing their Fat Tuesday pics from this week, Mardi Gras has come and gone.  This also means today is Ash Wednesday, the start of Lent, which is 40 days (not including the Sundays) before Easter, which draws us into a special season of spiritual growth.

Even though Lent, itself, is not in the Bible, the concept of spiritual preparation is. And just as the time in the wilderness was key for Jesus and what was next for His ministry, perhaps the next 40 days can act as a preparation for the ministry God has for you as well.  It is a way to let God know you are desiring to be closer to Him.  It really can be a time of incredible spiritual growth. Let this season be a closer priority one relationship with Jesus.
  
Jesus gave up so much in order to find new life. Is there something you might choose to give up over the next 40 days? Something that has an influence on you.... for me stuff like....eating too much? For you it may be spending too much time playing XBOX or on NETFLIX? Some sin no one knows about? Spending beyond your means?  There are times Jesus points us toward something that could be cut from our life, and it usually hurts for that to happen, so that God can bring about new life and we can grow spiritually. Lent is a time that you can give something up, in order to grow your relationship with God.  Less of other things, and more of God.  You might have an idea of some thing to cut out.

Fresh off our Missions Conference and seeing "Compassion in Action," I am loving the stories of how God continues to move in the Tri-Cities.  Make plans to worship with us this weekend as we continue through our series in the book of Acts.  We are in chapter 16 this week and as we build up towards Easter our desire is that we will have a renewed fire to share the Good News of Jesus with our friends, family, neighbors, classmates, workmates....you get the idea....Love You All

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