Hope Springs

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Another Wednesday, the middle of another week. But today is different, it’s the first day of Spring. Spring brings greening grass, buds and bulbs, and the promise of warmer days. Spring brings the hope of beauty and new life around us.

And he who was seated on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new. … It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. To the thirsty I will give from the spring of the water of life without payment.”  (Revelation 21:5-6)

The beauty of the new Spring season is an encouraging reminder of an even greater hope. Our Savior has finished, by His life, death and resurrection, all that is necessary to secure the new life. IT IS DONE! We have yet to realize the full blooming of new life, but as sure as the buds will blossom in the months ahead, new life is ours in Christ. He has purchased your life on the cross, and secured new life for you through the power of His resurrection. You and I have the privilege of drinking from The Spring of life today and every day – without payment.

So, today is not just Wednesday, it is another day to enjoy and give thanks for our new life in Christ and the hope of glory to come as He makes all things new.

Ash Wednesday

Ash Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Today marks the beginning of Lent, the 40 day season of preparation leading us to Resurrection Sunday.  The “Lenten season” has for centuries been a time of prayer and repentance.

I want to give us some daily encouragement these 40 days and together prayer for one another. So please take a few minutes each day to check back here, pray and be encouraged.

Repentance is the idea of undergoing change or turning from one thing to another. To take hold of something new and let go of something unprofitable. Jesus said,

“Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”

Mark 4:17

This was Jesus invitation to his kingdom, a kingdom of life, hope, radical beauty, love and overflowing joy. Conversely, he described the world as lusts and possessions that are passing away (1 John 2:15).

Today, consider what you have your grip on. What of this world might you need to let go of, opening your hand, that you might turn and welcome his invitation to receive love, hope and the joy of eternal security in his kingdom?

Througt the resurrection, Jesus purchased abundant  life and joy for you – let him take hold of you today and enjoy being a child of the King..