March 1, 2015
Lent is one of my favorite times of the church year. That should seem strange, or at least ironic, because Lent is a season of penance and repentance. It's a time to be reminded that we are sinful, rebellious creatures who have dishonored our Father God. That's not something to celebrate. Yet I need Lent because I am prideful and need that reminder. I need to remember that, regardless of what the world teaches, I am as good as dead in my sin, and only the love of God redeems me. Taken alone, Lent is a counter-cultural, pride-popping thorn in the flesh. But Lent is not alone—Easter comes, and I am further reminded that Christ died for me, and has fully paid for all my sin. Thanks be to God!
So for Lent this March, Norman Brown first leads us in cultivating spiritual disciplines that remind of our need for a savior and prepare us to celebrate Easter.
Then in April, Art Schoonveld leads us in celebrating Easter, receiving the forgiveness and adoption we do not deserve, but God grants anyway. He further explores with us how we should live on the right side of Christ's resurrection.
May you be refreshed, refocused, and renewed in God's word!
See God's love, power, presence, and purpose in your life every day!