Happy Valentine's Day to you and yours. Hope you are eating your chocolate, smelling your roses, and reading your cards.
I want to say a special thank you to all who make weeks like this one a success. We had the Samson Bible Study on Monday, the Fat Tuesday Pancake Supper on Tuesday, Ash Wednesday, a youth ski trip on Friday, a Children's Lock-in on Friday, a Valentine's dinner Saturday, and worship Sunday. Simply put, without you none of these activities would exist. Thank you for making the effort and taking the time for serving our Lord, and each other.
My sermon Sunday is on the Temptation of Christ (Luke 4:1-13). Jesus is in the desert where he is accosted and challenged...just what will his ministry look like? Will he ring the bell, and walk away from the mission before him, or will he endure, and go to the cross? That was a real challenge--a real temptation. Thank God He endured.
You and I face temptations every day...some are easy to see, while some are not. Care to name the most difficult one in your life? The key to overcoming temptation is not simply to resist it when it comes, but rather to decide how you are going to react before the situation arises. By being connected to God with prayer and scripture reading, as well as with your fellowship here at the church, you can withstand the tempations that come your way.
I know many of you began your journey to Lent by giving up certain things...others by taking on things. How is it going? I can tell you that giving up caffiene and sweets is killing me, but we press on. What did you give up? Be brave and tell us--perhaps we can help each other along the way.
Have a wonderful, and busy week serving here at The Oaks and in this community, and I will see you Sunday Morning as we worship God.
In His love and grace,