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February 2018 Message

Dear Brother and Sisters in Christ,

We have just barely left the season of Christmas and will soon be entering the season of Lent beginning with Ash Wednesday on Valentine’s Day, February 14th. Lent ends on April 1st, Easter morning. We leave a season known for comfort and joy, celebrating the birth of our Savior, to enter a season that begins with the marking of Ashes on our foreheads reminding us that we came from dust, and to dust we shall return. The forty days of Lent recall Jesus’ 40-day fast in the wilderness after his baptism (Matthew 4:2, Luke 4:1-2) and Moses’ 40-day fast on Mount Sinai (Exodus 34:28). It is a time of simplicity and preparation. It is a season marked by penitence, prayer, fasting, and service to God and to our neighbor.

This season of Lent also reminds us of the ebb and flow of life — along with comfort and joy there will be sorrow and pain. It seems at times we forget that Jesus himself had both seasons in his life and that he experienced all the same feelings and emotions, temptations, suffering and death known to all human beings. He suffered sorrow at the death of his friend, Lazarus, and disgust and anger at those who treated his Father’s house, the Temple, as anything other than a house of prayer. He knew the elation of Palm Sunday, the agony of Maundy Thursday, the pain of Good Friday and the everlasting joy of Easter and all the days in between just like you and I have experienced. Yet how did Jesus handle all these situations known to humanity? He handled them seeking the will of the Father through prayer and being in communion with him.  Jesus knew that no matter what the world and the devil would try to tempt him with, he could seek help and guidance from the Father.

May this season of Lent be a season of prayer that begins and leads into a perpetual season of prayer for God’s guidance, protection and provision. I pray this process helps us understand when we seek to do the will of the Father over our own will that we can know the peace that passes all understanding. This peace only comes through a meaningful relationship with God, knowing in any and all things, God loves us and cares for our ultimate well-being. This reality is true even when we are going through the valley of the shadow of death. The Good Shepherd will be there with us to comfort and direct our path when we seek him.

Paul wrote in the fourth chapter of his letter to the Philippians: “for I have learned to be content with whatever I have. I know what it is to have little, and I know what it is to have plenty. In any and all circumstances I have learned the secret of being well-fed and of going hungry, of having plenty and of being in need. I can do all things through him who strengthens me.” During this season of Lent may you be preserved and strengthened in your faith and in fervent love for one another. May you through your prayers and supplications made with thanksgiving be given to God the Father with the same trusting and believing heart of Jesus Christ at Gethsemane.

Blessings to you on your Lenten Journey marked by penitence, prayer, fasting, and service.
Pastor Paul

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  • Romans 4:1-12 February 23, 2018
    ​So also David speaks of the blessedness of those to whom God reckons righteousness apart from works: "Blessed are those whose iniquities are forgiven, and whose sins are covered; blessed is the one against whom the Lord will not reckon sin."
  • Romans 3:21-31 February 22, 2018
    ​But now, apart from law, the righteousness of God has been disclosed, and is attested by the law and the prophets, the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe

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