Resurrection

Dear Friends Pursuing Christ,

 

Here I sit at my computer on the day after Easter, THE DAY OF RESURRECTION. I trust that you have enjoyed family and friends during this very special season of celebration. My prayer has been that during the time of Lent and Holy Week that you have grown closer to God. (Remember that is one of our circling prayers: Ephesians 3: 16-19).

 

I want to give a very special shout out to some of our members for their extra help in  refreshing and deepening our faith. Thanks to both Amanda Dubinick and Velma Stewart for organizing our prayer vigil (Maundy Thursday – Good Friday). For the preparation of our sanctuary for Maundy Thursday and Easter Sunday, kudos to Kandice and Rex Eckhoff and Shelley Needham. The tomb scene was very powerful! Of course there was the scrumptious Easter breakfast organized by the Church Life team under Elaine Sturm’s leadership and all the hands that prepared the FEAST! And David thanks for your music, especially at the Sunrise Service at WLCC.

 

We now enter the church season of Eastertide while we prepare ourselves for the celebration of Pentecost. During these next 6 weeks we are going to be preparing our faith community for this celebration of faith. On Sundays we will be exploring Paul’s letter to the Corinthians…particularly 1 Corinthians 3. Paul writes: “I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but only God who makes things grow” (NIV 3:8). So we will be watching how God grows us up. Growth always comes as the Holy Spirit takes more control of
our lives.
I recently read Mark Batterson’s book Wild Goose Chase, Rediscover the Adventure of Pursuing God. In it Mark writes:
“Take the Holy Spirit out of the equations of my life , and it would spell boring. Add Him into the equation of your life, and anything can happen…If you would describe your relationship with God as anything less than adventurous, then maybe you think you’re following the Spirit but you have actually settled for less-something I call inverted Christianity. Instead of following the Spirit, we invite the Spirit to follow us. Instead of serving God’s purposes, we want Him to serve our purposes. And while this may seem like a subtle distinction, it makes an ocean of difference, the result of this inverted relationship with God is not just a self-absorbed spirituality that leaves us feeling empty, it also the difference between spiritual boredom and spiritual adventure.”

 

So no more boring life. We are going to ask God to take us on an adventure and to make us dangerous just like He did with His disciples who by taking the Easter Message…”He  (Jesus) is not here. He has risen from the dead.” changed the world forever! So here we go for the ride of our lives…Join the adventure!

Love and prayers,
Ilona

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