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Marching Into Spring

As I write this article, so many things cry out for attention that it is somewhat difficult to pick one to highlight. March leads us into Spring with the themes of renewal, coming out from the cold of winter, looking ahead to soft, warm springtime weather. It’s also birthday month with the Holt family. As you read this I’ve just turned 63 years young, my daughter Megan has just crossed the 21 year old milestone and at the end of the month my son Marcus hits 37.

We’ve also the church events to consider, Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, Easter (Resurrection) Sunday. What to think about? What comes to me is Proverbs 3:5-6, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, acknowledge Him in all your ways and He will make your path straight”.

Why this verse? The renewal of Spring time in the world should reflect a continued renewal in our hearts because, without fail, not only is the world renewed each Spring but we ourselves are constantly renewed in Christ. In 2Corinthians 5:17 Paul says, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.” If we trust in the Lord He will constantly renew us and shape us to His image. Notice, however, the admonition to ‘acknowledge Him in all your ways’. All that we are, all that we have, every time we are rescued and renewed, give praise to the one who does it for you.

As for birthdays, as I grow older the remembrance of how long it’s been since I was born back in Ohio seems less and less important. I have another birthday and so do you. My most important birthday is Father’s day. It was on Father’s Day 1997 that I gave my life to Christ with my wife at my side and my 3 year old daughter Megan at my side. Now THAT is something to celebrate because it is only through trust in the Lord that I stand where I am today. And even my son Marcus’ birthday is a critical reminder. Marcus is a strong man, wonderful husband and father and Marine veteran. Marcus, however has never accepted Christ so his birthday keeps reminding me of the urgency to ‘preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching’ (2 Timothy 4:2). I trust the Lord to work out Marcus’ salvation in due time and because I do not badger him about it, he listens when I talk about it. Please keep Marcus in prayer with me.

Finally, the holidays. We look forward to Palm Sunday this year because we look forward to having Baptisms of our Beacon Light friends. I have been trusting in the Lord each month when I have one short opportunity to preach the Word to them that He will do something with my words. If you have been with us on the third Wednesday of each month, you would hear a somewhat different Pastor Rich who gets wound up and preaches it hard in the name of the Lord. Maundy Thursday is a time of preparation of our hearts for the major event of Resurrection Sunday. It reminds us that the great news, ‘HE IS RISEN’, comes on the heels of Christ’s Passion on the cross in our place. And, of course, on Resurrection Sunday we should be not only celebrating Jesus defeat of death but acknowledge Him in all our ways as the one who renews us in His sacrifice, every Spring, every day, every minute. (Colossians 1:17)

May God bless you and renew you,

Pastor Rich

 

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