February 12, 2019

Abraham Lincoln was born February 12, 1809. I would like to share two quotes from him; “We can complain because rose bushes have thorns or rejoice because thorn bushes have roses.” I love the point this quote makes. It is really a challenge to our thinking. How do we see things? Is the glass half full or half empty? In our Christian walk we need to think about how we see things. Do we see the potential in people and things, or do we see the negative? I love the thought that thorn bushes have roses.

The next quote that challenges me from Abe is this; “Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power.” The challenge for all of us is what are we doing with what God has entrusted to us. One of the things we hear so much about on the news is how people get and use or abuse power. It was a big part of the election and it’s a big part of our culture today. Jesus was given immense amount of power and was a servant of all. He was a great model of being a serving leader. He led many and served all. I trust that both of these quotes inspire you as they have me today.

This past Sunday we looked at what it means to love in a way that reflects our Godly values. Love as it states in 1 Corinthians 13 is the greatest. God modeled love when He sent his one and only son Jesus. Jesus modeled that same kind of love when He lived, died, rose again and promised to come back to receive us to himself. I am challenged to love like he did.

This coming week Pastor Brad will be preaching from John 11. Jesus is the resurrection. He not only is the resurrection, but it is here now. And he created us for life. I would encourage you to read the passage from John 11 in preparation for Sunday.

As the winter seems to drag on, it won’t be long until we are dealing with hot weather and wondering if it will ever cool off. Think about it, right now we don’t have flies and mosquitos. It doesn’t take much for us to forget. To forget about what was. When it’s cold we think about how great summer is and when it’s hot and dry we want it to cool off. I pray that God will help us to embrace what we have right now. Whatever that is.

Soon we will be in the lent season. The time leading up to Easter. A time when we focus on the redemption that we get from Jesus and how he makes it possible for us to live a life and experience forgiveness and restoration.

It was so awesome to see so many persons a part of the 216 mission project last Saturday. It was cool to see persons from all age groups being able to be part of serving. All the costs associated with the food packing is covered. Thanks to all of you who were a part of doing this important work.

I pray that you have an awesome week!!

Pastor Glenn

North Clinton Church