This year on the sixth of March, Ash Wednesday, we hear once more, "You are dust and to dust you shall return." Though we are dust God calls us to more than dust, and God has built that hope into us. It is amazing how often we long for more, yet cling to less. The stuff of this life, the things, our bodies, what we touch all ends, and all comes from dust. This stuff is not the greatest joy or the greatest challenge in our life. The greatest joys and challenges of this life are all bound up in relationships. God's grace, God's redeeming is about restoring our broken relationship with God, and with one another. And for that there is only one way. It is a way of grace offered to all. This grace of God is forgiveness, power to live in right relationships with God and those in our lives, power to live in the obedience of faith. This Lenten season moves toward Resurrection! Being raised from the dead dust of selfish living in the flesh, to life in Christ. Life in Christ grows in God’s Spirit, filled with the Spirits fruit, grows in faith, and abides in Christ!
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Another new month and we are looking at the beginning of Lent. A time when we reflect on the incredible love Jesus showed us at the cross. Think about it-he willingly allowed himself to be tortured to death-literally!
If that isn’t love, what is? Scripture tells us, “…I lay down my life for the sheep. And I have other sheep that are not of this fold. I must bring them also, and they will listen to my voice. So there will be one flock, one shepherd.” Jesus gave up his life that we might live.
It is as simple as that. The wages of sin is death. Jesus never sinned, he was tempted, just as we are, but he NEVER sinned. I have a habit of sinning before I ever get out of bed in the morning, and he lived over 33 years and never sinned, not even once. He then accepted the wages of sin, and gave up his life in our place.
As we get ready for ...
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