To Our Community . . .

I must admit that when I was first asked to write this, I had no clue.  What exactly is Lent and why do we observe it?  Oh, don’t get me wrong.  I’ve been to a number of Ash Wednesday services and church during Lent but never knew why I was doing some of the things I was doing.

A pastor friend of mine told me the word Lent comes from an agricultural word meaning to prepare the soil for planting.

So, why spend 40 days preparing myself for Easter?  And once I figure out why then I need to decide how.

First I reminded myself why I needed Easter.  I am a sinner.  I won’t go into details about my sins but trust that God and I have discussed them.  Jesus came to save me (and you) from punishment for our sins.

Second I reminded myself why Jesus endured the pain, humiliation and death for us.  God created us, loves us, and desires a relationship with us.  God also wants us to spend eternity with Him in Heaven.  The only way we can get to Heaven is through the life, death and resurrection of Jesus.  Jesus paid the price of sacrifice for us.

God wants a relationship with us.  He is our Father.  What child doesn’t want to spend quality time with their parent?  Some children cry when they are separated from their parent for even an hour.  I see no better way to prepare for Easter than to spend quality time with my Father, God.  Reading His word, learning about Jesus and how to be more like Him.  Praying and asking God, my Father what He wants me to do and how He wants me to do it.  Thanking God, my Father, for Jesus, my Savior.

Nancie Yarbro

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What Every Christian Should Know . . .

Jan 19, 2014
What is the Gospel?
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    Revelation 11:15-19

    The Seventh Trumpet

    15 The seventh angel sounded his trumpet, and there were loud voices in heaven, which said:

    “The kingdom of the world has become

       the kingdom of our Lord and of his Messiah,

       and he will reign for ever and ever.”

    16 And the twenty-four elders, who were seated on their thrones before God, fell on their faces and worshiped God,17 saying:

    “We give thanks to you, Lord God Almighty,

       the One who is and who was,

    because you have taken your great power

       and have begun to reign.

    18 The nations were angry,

       and your wrath has come.

    The time has come for judging the dead,

       and for rewarding your servants the prophets

    and your people who revere your name,

       both great and small—

    and for destroying those who destroy the earth.”

    19 Then God’s temple in heaven was opened, and within his temple was seen the ark of his covenant. And there came flashes of lightning, rumblings, peals of thunder, an earthquake and a severe hails.