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Message From Pastor Gorden

posted Mar 26, 2015, 7:56 AM by Tracey Morris   [ updated Mar 26, 2016, 7:38 AM ]

This year during Lent we began using The Jesus Creed by Scot McKnight for our devotions. Each family was given a Lenten Devotional, 40 days Living the Jesus Creed. We were encouraged to use this journal for a family devotional throughout Lent.

Jesus must have felt very strongly about this statement of faith. He wanted his followers to do these basic things in fulfilling their relationship to the Father. What does it look like to love God with our whole body, heart, soul, mind and strength? This is a tremendous leap of faith. It has come to my attention that we cannot successfully love others unless first we have an intimate, loving relationship with God our creator.

Jesus was once asked by a teacher of the law, “of all the commandments, which is most important.” Jesus gives this answer:

“Hear, O Israel: the Lord our God, the Lord is one; you shall love the
Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all
mind, and with all your strength. The second is this, You shall love your
neighbor as yourself. There is no other commandments greater than these.” Mark 12:29-31

Lent is a special journey when we move in a deliberate way to the celebration of Easter. However, before we get to Easter we must go through the agony of Holy Week. This is an important journey in order to get focused on God’s intention for sending Jesus into this world. After we recall the bitter sufferings, pain and death of Jesus our savior, we are ready for the hope of Easter.

Easter is a clear example of how God, who loves us, provides a miraculous resurrection of his Son. This life from death experience is only possible by a God who enters into our daily struggles and provides us hope and promise for all the days to come.

“Because He lives, (Jesus) we can face tomorrow and everything the days will bring. Because He lives, (Jesus) all fear is gone. Because I know He (Jesus) holds the future. And life is worth the living just because He (Jesus) lives.”

In Jesus Creed living we are asked to submit our lives to God. In loving God we are liberated from our sinful selves and able to experience forgiveness and life. This is how we can share in the hope of the resurrection. God wants only that we love God first and we will be raised to a newness of life each and every day. Loving God and loving others is the heart and soul of Jesus Creed living.

As a church family we have read the Jesus Creed, we have memorized it, and now all that is left is to just live it. This loving relationship with God can and will transform the world. The transformation happens one person at a time and it begins with you!

May God bless you and your families as you gather together to celebrate Easter. God will be with you.

A friend in Christ,
Pastor Gorden

“The angel said to them, ‘do not be amazed; you seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has risen, he is not here; see the place where they laid him.’”Mark16:6