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April 2, 2018, 9:24 AM

Easter Message from Pastor Jon


      Happy Easter!!  Spring and particularly Easter is a time to receive and celebrate new life and new vitality!!  My prayer for our church is that this spring 2018 will be particularly important!  In the 1970’s there was a lay renewal in which the Holy Spirit moved powerfully and created new spiritual life in  many members.  On April 20, 21, and 22 we are planning a weekend that has the potential to bless this body again! 

     The Gospel Reset Weekend will begin with dinner at 6:30 on Friday April 20.  There will be a total of four sessions; Friday evening, Saturday morning, combined Sunday School, and finally Sunday worship. Dr. Bill Senyard from the EPC will be our facilitator for each session and will preach on Sunday morning.

    The cornerstone of the weekend will be the simple uncluttered gospel, that is, in Christ God cannot love you more and cannot love you less.  Christians know that Jesus paid for all our sins with His blood, but it is so easy to live as if we must earn God’s love and blessing.  Christians celebrate the grace of God in worship but too often trust themselves rather than God when the stresses of life hit.  Instead turning to God and coping with the tribulations of life with Him, we choose to turn away and rely on our the strength of the flesh to solve our problems.  If you try solve your problems alone, is there any wonder that you feel so alone so often?  Lonely people become depressed and bitter. They are simply unable to love anyone, even themselves.

     The church celebrates the resurrection of Jesus every Easter, but do we truly understand that God’s love for us is a resurrecting, life renewing love?  God sent Jesus to die so that broken, lonely, sinful can new life with Him.  The grace could not hold him because of Jesus faith and faithfulness. Because of Christ nothing can separate you from the love of God if you receive His love by faith. It is always sinful to live life alone because in your aloneness you turn away from the God who loves you so much that he sent Jesus to save you and the Holy Spirit to give you new life in an easy yoke with Him.

   The goal of the  Gospel Renewal weekend is to revitalize your relationship with God, your relationship with yourself, and your relationships with all those you are called to love.  Everyone is invited to drink the living water that Jesus gives in abundance to all who come to Him. 

    Everyone is welcome to attend the weekend. We only need to know how many we need to feed at dinner on Friday and lunch on Saturday. Please sign up in the Narthex beginning April 8th.  We will also do a fellowship dinner Sunday April 22nd after worship.

 

           God bless you as you celebrate new life at Easter and this spring and may God bless The Gospel Renewal Weekend!!


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