March 6, 2019
Good Morning Congregation,
This past week we talked about our attitude. Each of us have an attitude. That attitude reflects either Jesus or Satan. We all like to think our attitude reflects Jesus, when in reality it doesn’t always. We can have the human nature, which is sinful. Thankfully Christ died to forgive us of our sins. Thankfully Christ made it possible to get a new start and was a perfect example.
As the winter seems to be hanging on and cold weather acts like it wants to stay around forever, how is our attitude? Think about it, if we like living here in Ohio, doesn’t it seem possible that the cold weather might like living here as well? Seriously, we really have to focus on having a godly attitude when things are not going as we like them to. How we deal with difficulties gives a message to those around us and lets them know what we are focusing on.
This week begins the season of Lent. Lent is the time when we move towards the cross. It’s a time to remember what God has given us in the gift of forgiveness and restoration. During this season we encourage persons to evaluate your relationship with Christ. It’s a time to remember what he has done for you and how you are living it out. We would also encourage you to give up something that will allow you more time to focus on your relationship with God. Something that whenever you are wanting it, will remind you to work on your relationship with God, to pray, to read scripture, etc.
During Lent we are going to be looking at the letters to the churches found in the book of Revelation chapters 2 & 3. This week we will be looking at the letter to the church at Ephesus. You can read the first couple of chapters of Revelation during this Lent season. They were praised for enduring hardships for his name without growing weary, but they were also rebuked for abandoning their first love.
All the churches are given a praise except one and all are given a censure except the second. These letters are reminders to us to focus on our relationship with Christ, and most contain some form of an invitation to make a change and live for Christ.
I would also encourage you during this Lent season to take the time to share the message of hope with someone around you. Let them know how much Christ gave up for us so that we might have life abundantly. Let them know how great that life with Christ is now. It’s not just for the end of our life, it is for the present. It is not just “fire insurance” it is for the peace that passes all understanding.
I also just want to say thanks to all of you who volunteer in so many ways. The various ministries would not be possible here at North Clinton without your help. Tonight is Family Discipleship Night. So many things are happening and so much teaching and growing happen during FDN. Thanks to all of you who come and help in many different ways on Wednesday evenings. You are truly a blessing. I love to see the looks on the faces of the little people when they say their verses and what they come away with. Thanks to those of you who listen and encourage them to continue to learn, and for parents who help them learn the verses and take the time to encourage them.
I pray that you have a blessed day!