FROM THE PASTOR …

Sacrifice

A sacrifice, by definition, is when you give up something you’d like to keep. On the Mount of Olives Jesus prayed, “‘Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done.’” (Luke 22:42) What followed was a betrayal, an arrest, a trial, and the crucifixion.

Through Jesus we see the ultimate sacrifice. His life was given so that we may receive forgiveness for sin and the gift of eternal life. “…we have been made holy through the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.” (Hebrews 10:10) His “once for all” sacrifice for our sin is complete and final.

What we offer in return is the gift of our lives. The Apostle Paul wrote to the Romans, “Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God— this is your spiritual act of worship.” (Romans 12:1) We’re to give ourselves to God rather than the pleasures so many people in this world pursue.

During the Lenten season we’re mindful of the cross. Before the crucifixion Jesus said, “‘If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.’” (Luke 9:23) Kyle Idleman wrote: “To follow Jesus is a daily sacrifice. Following Jesus isn’t something you can do at night where no one notices. It’s a twenty-four-hour-a-day commitment that will interfere with your life. That’s not the small print— that’s a guarantee.” Let’s follow Jesus—daily!

Blessings! Pastor Ken

March Messages: Sacrifice

March 3
The Atoning Sacrifice
I John 2:1-6

March 10
Once for All
Hebrews 10:11-18

March 17
The Lamb
Isaiah 53

March 24
Our Living Sacrifice
Romans 12:1-3

March 31
A Sacrifice of Praise
Hebrews 13:15-18

Recorded Messages

02/24/19      Coming to Jesus

02/17/19      Our Calling – Pastor Chris

02/03/19      The Attitude of Christ

01/27/19      Light of the World

01/13/19      Salt and Light

01/06/19      A Great Light

12/30/18      A Gift For Our World

12/23/18      The Gift of Our Shepherd

12/09/18      The Gift of Our Messiah

12/02/18      The Gift of Our Savior

11/18/18      Gifts

11/04/18      The Bread of Life

10/28/18      The Promise of God’s Blessing

10/21/18      The Promise of God’s Presence

10/14/18      The Promise of Strength

10/07/18      The Promise of Forgiveness

09/30/18      We Are God’s People

09/23/18      Praying to Our Father

09/16/18      Our Father’s Love

08/26/18      Growing in Grace

08/19/18      Growing Together

08/12/18      Growing Up into Him

08/05/18      Growing Up in Knowledge

07/29/18      Sharing the Gospel

07/22/17      Sharing God’s Plan

07/15/17      God’s Time in the Arab World

07/08/18       Sharing God’s Message

07/01/18       Sharing God’s World

06/24/18      Praying for the World

06/17/18      A Message of Salvation

 06/03/18      Trust In God – Pastor Steelman

05/13/18      God’s Gift of Family

04/22/18     Walk In Newness.04/08/18     Alive In Christ.04/01/18     Easter: He Has Risen.
03/25/18     The King Comes.03/18/18     God’s Grace.03/11/18     A Little Means a Lot.03/04/18     Break Thou The Bread of Life.02/18/18      Jesus Paid It All.
02/11/18      The Love of God.02/04/18     The Greatest Love.01/21/18      Helping Others.01/07/18      Learning God’s Word.