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A Message from Pastor Rodney:
March 9, 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.
The first fruit we will look at is Love. Love has an interesting relationship with freedom. First, love requires freedom. In other words, if you are being forced to love someone, that’s not really love. It’s coercion or something worse. Love requires freedom. At the same time, true freedom requires love. Now this one is not self-evident, and I don’t have the space to make the point, but it is true. If you’re interested in learning why freedom requires love, join us for the first step of this 40 day journey. We worship on Sunday mornings at 10:30 a.m. 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