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Easter

MARCH NEWSLETTER

SPRING BRINGS

Spring brings chicks, lambs, calves, and colts.

 

Spring brings flowers blooming, birds singing and sunrises over fresh green fields.

 

Spring brings a sense of joy, hope and newness.

 

Spring brings celebration of Easter Good News.

 

Spring brings a reminder of New Life through the death, and resurrection of Jesus.

 

Spring brings hope that the promise from Galatians 2:20 is a reality.

 

I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. 

The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God,

 who loved me and gave himself for me.

 

Spring brings a reason to celebrate every morning the new life we receive when we believe.

 

See you in Church!

 

Dan

Don't Lose Sight!
Staying completely focused takes intentional effort.

Early in my relationship with my wife Natasha, we embarked on many road trips together because my family lives in Oregon and hers in Idaho.  So, she became my favorite co-pilot for long journeys.  Now if you are familiar with Prineville you might be familiar with the desert road to the east.  With long stretches of roads with little to look at sometimes your eyes can get heavy and your mind wanders.  Natasha realizing my driving is becoming less and less accurate she started an argument…  Nothing to wake you up quite like a dispute!

What did we fight about?  Strangely, we looked out the window and saw one thing.  Shrubbery…  And as you get closer and closer to the mountain ranges of Central Oregon they get larger and larger until they seem to become trees.  However, at what point do they go from shrubbery to trees!  That was the argument to my mother-in-law’s amusement in the back seat.  What mattered?  Staying awake and focused is what really mattered.  Not the difference between shrubbery and trees.  (We are still unresolved in this matter to this day.)  Don’t fall asleep!

 

Don’t fall asleep as you follow after Jesus!

 

As with any area of life, we can forget why it is important to us.  The same applies to our relationship with Jesus.  As Easter approaches, we refocus on Jesus and his resurrection!  Jesus is alive and that means we have life!  That is something to continually celebrate and to intentionally focus on.

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Recently in an elders’ meeting we revisited “What we believe” reading through each statement.  So, I want to remind you as well that we believe in the bodily resurrection of Christ as

1 Corinthians 15:3-6a reminds us…

 

For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance:

that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures,

that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures,

 and that he appeared to Cephas, and then to the Twelve.

After that, he appeared to more than five hundred of the brothers and sisters at the same time…

 

         Jesus is still showing up in people’s lives.  Have you seen him on the move?  Stay focused, brothers and sisters, on Jesus.  As we enter into another Easter season, ask yourself a few questions…  How does Jesus’ death and resurrection influence today?  How has the business of my life blocked my relationship with Jesus?  What can I do to be intentionally focused?

 

         If you look closely enough at your life, if you read through scriptures and see how God moves, if you talk with him, you just might catch a glimpse of how Jesus is working in your life today.

  • Newsletter article by Scott Carpenter

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