From the Pastor’s Study – February

Today I want to talk with you about your relationship with Jesus Christ. I would like you to consider, just how well do you know Him? When was your last conversation with Him? If you are like most people, when you do talk with Jesus, it’s likely that you do a majority of the talking. And yet, if you had a friend who did all the talking, how much time do you think you would spend with that friend?

I would like for us to think about, as we approach the Lenten season this year, how we get to know Christ. My dad recently sent me an email that included the following writing to consider:

Ever wonder what would happen if we treated our Bible like we treat our cell phone?
What if we carried it around in our purses or pockets with us everywhere we go?
What if we flipped through it several times a day?
What if we turned back to go get it, if we forgot it?
What if we used it to receive messages from the text?
What if we treated it like we couldn’t live without it?
What if we gave it to our Kids as gifts?
What if we used it when we traveled as our guide?
What if we used it in case of emergency?
This is something to make you go….hmm…where is my Bible?
Oh, and one more thing. Unlike our cell phone, we don’t have to worry about our Bible being disconnected; because Jesus already paid the bill. It makes you stop and think ‘where are my priorities? And no dropped calls!                    (Source unknown)

During Lent this year we are going to use the theme “Reflections of the Cross”. During this time Ron Beitzel and I will be leading a Bible study during the education hour on Sunday mornings entitled “Making Sense of the Cross”. It is my hope that as we reflect upon the cross we can get to know Christ and what it meant for Him to go to the cross a bit better. It will be a time for us to bring our questions about Christ and the cross. A time for us to ponder why it was that Jesus died for us and what that means for our relationship with Christ and how we live our lives.  It is my hope that some of you would be willing to share with others some of your ideas about how what Christ has done on the Cross has made a difference in your life. This might mean that you need to step a little out of your comfort zone. But just think, at least you don’t need to go all the way to the cross yourself to share what Christ on the cross has meant for you.

Blessings to you all this Lenten season! I encourage us all to take some time to ponder the depth of our relationship with Christ: what Christ has done for you and how you respond to the love Christ has displayed for us.  – Pastor Dan

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