Thanks for reading as always. I have been out of town for the last week and I want you to know how much I appreciate having Rev. Randy Callahan preach last Sunday, and Rev. Al Rahn to teach last Wednesday night. It is a gift to our church to have these gifted leaders in our midst. With that said, we are closing in on Sunday once again. One of my seminary professors was known for saying, "Sunday is always coming." Until I began to preach each week, I never knew how true her observation was.
The text this Sunday is one of Sunday School lore...it is Jesus healing the paralytic man (Mark 2:1-12.) I imagine all of us have drawn pictures of those four friends digging through the roof to bring their friend to Jesus. As I was studying the text this week, that image continued to run through my head when the realization struck me...those four men let nothing stand in the way of bringing their friend to Jesus.
This Sunday, I will be focusing on that truth and will be exploring the barriers that hinder us from bringing our friends to Jesus. Some fall within the church at large, and some obstacles are of our own making. Sometimes, self-righteous judgments keep people from meeting Jesus. Sometimes, cliques within churches hinder people from meeting Jesus. Sometimes, perhaps we ourselves hinder others from meeting Jesus. As a way to help me prepare for Sunday, I need you to answer these questions in the comments below: what hinders you from bringing people to Christ and what in the church at large hinders people from meeting Jesus? Only by answering these questions honestly and openly do we have the opportunity to change the way we live and worship.
As a brief reminder, we are having our second annual Fat Tuesday Pancake Supper next Tuesday, February 21 at 6 pm. We will be raising money for Relay for Life that Night. Then, on Wednesday February 22nd, we will have our annual Ash Wednesday Service as we repent, and begin the journey to the Cross through Lent. Join us for these events.
Have a great day, and may God bless you as you serve Him faithfully.