Favorite Verses

1. John 3:16

 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

2. John 14:6

Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me."

3. Ephesians 2:8

For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God...

4. 2nd Timothy 3:16

All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousnes...

5. Matthew 11:28

"Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest."

 

 

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March

From the Pastor's Desk:

 

THE CROSS OF JESUS CHRIST
Once more, we are entering the season of Lent, in which the church focuses on Jesus’ journey to the cross. Although Jesus is the world’s greatest teacher, He did not come to earth simply to give us training and information. He came to surrender His life on the cross in order to make things right between God and humanity. The cross is a complicated mystery, worthy of our reflection. The cross is at the center of the Christian’s faith.
The cross is also a stumbling block to many, and extremely offensive to our sensibilities. The God of the Universe is worthy of worship and praise. Why, then, should God’s Messiah submit to such a shameful death? In ancient times, the Romans wouldn’t speak of crucifixion in polite company, it was so shameful and embarrassing.
Perhaps we modern believers, too, tend to avoid speaking about the cross. Jesus’ blood sacrifice is difficult to explain, and we may be embarrassed to talk about the Lord’s death and resurrection. It sounds crazy.  Indeed, the early church faced the same difficulties speaking about the cross as we do. The apostle Paul acknowledges that the message of the cross is foolishness to the world, and a stumbling block to nice religious people who rightly recognize crucifixion as a ghastly inappropriate topic of conversation.
And yet it is at the cross of Jesus Christ that the power of God is poured out upon the broken human being. It is in that place of utter shame that God’s transformative love is experienced - the God who would die for His people. There, our sins and the Power of Sin are definitively beaten by the Lord who will deliver His people from slavery.
Any form of Christianity that does not take seriously the cross of Jesus Christ is not the truth as proclaimed by the disciples and apostles (at great personal cost). We have this season of Lent every year to keep us from straying too far from the tree on which our Christ hung for us. I want to help us understand it better. I want to know it better. Because I believe it is there
where we discover the saving grace of the One True God.
Have a blessed and powerful Lent, dear Church.
Yours in Christ,
Pastor Matthew

 

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