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Something to Celebrate

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This is a great time of the year! The snow is melting, the trees are starting to bud, the flowers are coming, and soon we’ll be wearing windbreakers! And it’s the Easter season.

         It’s disappointing that Easter takes such a backseat to Christmas. Is it the presents? Is  the food better? Maybe it’s because there aren’t any Hallmark movies about Easter? Aren’t both holidays supposed to be about Jesus, after all?

If we had Christmas without Easter, we’d just be celebrating the birth of a miracle-working wise man. And we’d still be lost in our sins. Sure, we might still party in December but we would have no ultimate hope for life.

I’m so glad we take this time to focus on and celebrate Jesus’ sacrifice and resurrection. This is where Christmas was pointing us. This is where hope is. The debt has been paid! We are forgiven! The God of the Universe frees us Himself and invites us to live with Him forever! Something to celebrate! See you in church on Sunday!

 

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Cultivating the Soil

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Our family loves to have a garden each year with fresh veggies that have come out of the ground that we have worked.  Normally, April is the time that we start getting ready to plant.  We clean old stalks and begin to turn over the ground.  It is a work that is usually the least exciting step in the planting process (along with weeding!), yet it is the most necessary as the ground has to be cultivated.

         Much in the same way, fruit in our marriage is not without effort.  There are seasons of reaping, but this comes after cultivating the ground, working through the bumpy patches, and even spending some time weeding.  We have to put energy and dedication into our marriage with both individuals being committed to our Lord. That is part of the reason that I am excited about the upcoming Marriage Night on Friday, May 17th. This will be a live stream event featuring Francis & Lisa Chan, Les & Leslie Parrott, and Michael Jr., comedian in which we will be encouraged to laugh together and love as Christ did His Church.  Please mark it on your calendar now to attend!

“For husbands, this means love your wives, just as Christ loved the church. He gave up his life for her."- Ephesians 5:25

 

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