Click here to view the video from our January 12 Service of Dedication
BUILDING ADDITION -
There is a taste of spring in the air. This means that soon we can begin the exterior work that needs to be finished, which includes the canopy, window masonry, fascia, ventilation penthouse, and landscaping. Certain punch list items have been attended to, but there are many more to be completed. Overall the new addition is functioning well, and as well or better than planned. It was nice to see the new east parking lot melt, drain, and dry up in the few warmer days we had in early March.
As we move forward we will be getting the new basement cleaned up good, do a little painting, and identifying storage areas for different groups. If you are interested in helping with any of this work, please let me know.
BUILDING GIVING -
“No one can serve two masters, for a slave will either hate the one and love the other,
or be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and wealth.” Matthew 6:24
One time, so the story goes, Samuel Clemons (Mark Twain) found himself on a train with a Mormon who, in keeping with the teaching of the times, believed in polygamy. The Mormon insisted, “I see nothing in the Bible that says a man cannot have more than one wife…”
“I may not be too well-read in the scriptures—but it seems to me that there is something in there that says ‘No man can serve two masters!’”
A little bit of humor is often helpful. Especially when it comes to something as important as our wealth and what we do with it.
But, it is vitally important that we take Jesus seriously when he talks about God and wealth. Perhaps now is the right time for you to take a look at your priorities and reconsider what you are doing with what you have.
You may be surprised. My hope is that what you decide to do puts a smile on your face…and pleases God, too!
BUILDING COMMUNITY -
Holy Week. As a friend once told me, “This is the week we live for.” I can’t agree more. The highs and lows of this week are the epitome of stark contrast. Think about the joy and excitement we experience as the children wave the palm branches in the “Palm Sunday Parade”. Then, turn to the utter betrayal of Maundy Thursday followed by Good Friday’s horror. We then arrive full circle at Easter’s empty tomb, the trumpets blare, “He is Risen!”
This is not only the most profound of weeks, but also the busiest. More people worship on Easter and Palm Sunday than most other days of the year, and we know, this is the only worship occasion for many. Some people bemoan that fact, yet, why? Why not celebrate that people do actually come and worship the Risen Christ? These are the days the Church of Jesus should be at her best, welcoming any and all in the Name of the One who died for them. Rejoice as you worship this year.
Take a look around during Holy Week 2014. Pay special mind to someone who may look a little lost, perhaps in need of some Good News. Introduce yourself. Welcome in the Name of Jesus, just as Jesus welcomes you.
Pastor Kris Gorden
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