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A Message from Pastor Rodney:
April 20, 2014
Lent is the 40 Day journey from Ash Wednesday to Holy Week, walking with Jesus, as he prepares for the last days of his life. 40 is a significant number in scripture. Jesus was tempted for 40 days in the wilderness. The Israelites traveled through the desert for 40 years before they entered the Promised Land. 40 is a biblical number associated with preparation and testing. For this reason, Lent is a 40 day journey. This year, we will spend these 40 days of preparation studying and learning about the “Fruits of the Spirit: Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, gentleness, goodness, self-control, and faithfulness.” Our study will be entitled: “The Fruit of Freedom,” for God has set us free in Christ and a life of freedom is marked with these virtues.
We celebrate Easter Sunday! Christ is risen. He is risen indeed! This week we conclude our study of the fruit of the Spirit with the last fruit—faith or faithfulness. We have found in this study that each fruit is a gift and that each fruit requires us to be connected to the source of that fruit, Christ. Finally, we have found that each fruit is meant to be shared. All of these lessons apply to faith. It is a gift. Our faith is as much about Christ’s faithfulness as it is about our faithfulness, and it must be shared, passed along, given to others or it will go rotten (like any other fruit). Easter Sunday is height of our faith. Our Messiah is resurrected, and victory over death is assured. If you desire more of the fruit of the Spirit in your life … love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, gentleness, goodness, self-control and faithfulness join us as we celebrate their source, as we celebrate Christ’s faithfulness, and as we celebrate God’s goodness in Easter. We worship together at 10:30 AM. Everyone is welcome!
Jesus said, "Come to me all you who are weary & carry heavy burdens, & I will give you rest." Matthew 11:28 NLT