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PASTOR'S PEN...            

                      I am so glad that the snow from last week is pretty much behind us.  The temperatures seem to indicate that we should not have anymore snow on the ground, and we can all be hopeful for that.  I am ready for warmer days, track and field events and baseball.  Those sporting events means that the weather will be sunnier and warmer.

          We've started another Andy Stanley Series, and it is entitled 'Bad Boys of Easter.'  If you have not attended any of our Wednesday night Bible studies, this is a good series to come and experience.  We have two more sessions for this study.  We will look at this series yet on April 4 as well as April 18. 

          We have revival coming up in April.  Please plan on attending.  Special music starts at 6:45 and the message will be brought at 7:00 pm.  Sunday, April 8th, Earl Stovall will bring the message.  Monday, April 9th, Terry Smith will bring the message.  Tuesday, April 10th, Brian Markle will bring the message.  And on Wednesday April 11th, Greg Beach will bring the message.  The sermon series will be on the Achievements of the Cross.  I hope to see everyone come out for the special music at 6:45. 

          I would like to say thank you for everyone's assistance with a successful Easter egg hunt.  There was a nice number of people from the community that attended the outreach, and I thought everything was a success. 

          Lastly I would like to thank everyone that assisted with the Last Supper reenactment during Love Feast communion.  Everyone that played a part made the evening very memorable.  I did hear quite a few supportive comments.  A special thanks goes to Dave Finkenbinder for putting the skit together and all the thoughts of how everything would be laid out. 

          I will close with Matthew 20:28 from the New Living Translation;  For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many.”  With the Easter holiday almost upon us, I ask you to dwell on this passage.  In this section of Scripture, James and John had their mother ask Jesus if they would be able to sit at His left and right hand.  Both these men, as well as the other disciples, were looking for positions of prominence in Jesus' kingdom.  How easy is it for any of us to fall into the trap of wanting to be served and pampered.  And this is exactly what Jesus did for each of us by being the ransom for all of those that accepted Him as their Lord and Savior.  Now this is the time of the year that Christ's death takes on special meaning for those in Christ, but His cry for us to serve should also linger within each of us.  How is it possible for each of us to serve a brother or sister?  Reflect on Christ being a ransom for you, and consider how we can demonstrate that same love to someone that is hurting.

 

Pastor Leon Davis