April 2022

In the name of our risen and glorious savior Jesus
Christ, I greet you.
This month, we celebrate something that is unique in all
the world. No other faith can claim to worship a God who is personal,
knowable, wants a relationship with us, who loves us and died for
our shortcomings. Please stop and think about how unique our story
is. (No, seriously. Please stop and consider it. It is huge.) Even our closest
relatives, the Jewish people, are still waiting for that epoch to unfold.
I am afraid that we sometimes become too comfortable with
what we know; the blessings, the security, the assurance of eternal
peace. We could easily forget about all those people, whom we
know and care for, who are faking it. We could forget our blessings if
we listen to the world; the horrific war in Ukraine and the wars waged
by other terrorists, abuse in the newspapers, corruption on the TV media,
gossip and hateful thoughts on the web. (Sometimes it even gets
into church.) In such times, it is a real blessing to remember that
beautiful hymn that says: “This is my Father’s world. O let me ne’er
forget that though the wrong seems oft so strong, He is the ruler yet.”
Can I get an Amen?
This is the month that we celebrate Jesus. He alone claims all the authority
in heaven and on earth. We remember that his earthly trials,
teaching, guidance, his torture, death, and resurrection marked a
turning point in all of human history. You and I simply cannot go on
acting like normal people, if we indeed know this in our heart. Out
goes immorality, enmity, strife, jealousy, disputes, dissentions, factions,
envying. That bitter worldly fruit is replaced with love, joy, peace, patience, kindness,
goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, selfcontrol. You already know this, right? I feel like
Peter when he wrote that he considered it a good thing to stir you up by way of reminding
you, for the time is closer now than it ever was. Let us continue to work while it is still day.
That beautiful hymn also reminds us: “This is my Father’s world: why should my heart be sad? The Lord is King; let the heavens ring! God reigns; let the earth be glad.”
Can I get an Amen? Have a glorious Easter!
In His service- Pastor Brian

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