March 2023 From the Pastor's Desk
From the Pastor…
First of all I’d like to thank you for remembering my birthday. Every call, text, card, gift, and expression of love is greatly appreciated! I was surprised and humbled by the cake and gift you gave me at Bible Study on my birthday.
It is so hard to believe that we are already into the month of March, and we will soon be enjoying spring weather and longer days since Daylight Saving Time begins on the 12th.
On the 23rd, we have the unique opportunity to prepare and provide breakfast for local veterans at the Cole Auditorium. Please speak to Pastor Jason if you would like to help with this act of appreciation.
We are now in the season of Lent. This period of 40 days leading up to the holiest weekend on the Christian calendar is a time of meditating on the sacrifice of our Lord Jesus and devoting ourselves to fasting and prayer. We recently celebrated Christmas with lots of gatherings, gifts, music, fellowship and worship. Christmas is a joyful time that we all look forward to celebrating. But how much does Easter really mean to us?
Society doesn’t give Easter much fanfare. Other than visits with the creepy human-sized bunnies and the dying and hunting of eggs, Easter gets very little attention in our world today. Unfortunately, even churches seem to spend more time focusing on these worldly trappings than on the spiritual meaning of this holy season. Without the truth of Easter, nothing else matters! Christmas would be just another day and mankind would be without any hope whatsoever.
My prayer is that this Easter will be the most meaningful celebration of the resurrection you and I have ever experienced. May we truly spend the days leading up to this celebration contemplating the sacrifice Christ and His Heavenly Father made so that you and I might have abundant life now and live for the promise of the resurrection of our own earthly bodies into a glorious body like Christ’s when He returns for His bride – the church.
Go ahead and enjoy the egg hunts and the visits with the Easter Bunny. But don’t let those things become what Easter is all about for you and your family. But more importantly, let us worship our Savior and make all of our decisions under His control. May Jesus be glorified in everything we do as individuals and as a church family.
God bless you and yours during this season of reflection that we know as Lent. Ask God for guidance in every choice you face. Prepare your heart for the celebration of our Lord who arose from the grave.
In Christian Love,