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Expressions of Lent

Apr 10th, 2017 | By Ava M. Gardner, Blog Lead

Expressions of Lent


Monday, April 10, 2017

John 13:21-33, 36-38

Loving Jesus when It Costs

I don't know if I have a deep message specifically about cost when I read Jesus' warning of Peter's denial in John 13:36-38, and to be honest, I have not been participating in Lent, but when I read the exchange between Peter and Jesus, I hear a call for reflection. When it comes to matters of faith, or cost, the gestures we make, or our relationship with God, I believe that prayer and reflection are good places to start. Grand gestures and bold declarations may have been beautiful ways for Peter to express himself to the Son of God, but I see Jesus asking Peter to instead examine the situation and what was in his heart. I am thankful for a God who encourages knowledge and understanding instead of hasty actions or expressions (Proverbs 19:2). I am thankful that God pays special attention to what is happening in our hearts, or "the inside of the cup," as it shows me that He is concerned with our individual growth in Him. "What is mankind that You are mindful of them...?" (Psalm 8:4, NIV).  In moments like this, I am encouraged that the relationship that God wants with us is one that is real and deep. I am thankful that in these times when I may struggle and doubt and question, God gives the blessing of reflection.

Lennee Mozia, Current Liaison for Youth and Young Adult Choir


Tuesday, April 11, 2017

John 13:21-33, 36-38

The Courage to Claim Jesus

When I reflect on the theme, "Courage to Claim Jesus," several things come to mind.  I think about when I have confessed, called on and claimed Jesus Christ in my life.  I confessed Him as my Lord and Savior when I was nine years old and have never denied Him.  I call on Him when others and myself need comfort, boldly sharing the power of Jesus Christ as a healer, deliverer and redeemer.  I claim the victory for all that comes into my life -- good and bad, in His name as it is through Him and in Him I am victorious.  "Courage to claim Jesus Christ" is first accepting Him into your life as your Lord and Savior -- for through Him ALL THINGS are made new!                                                                    

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Ronnetté L. Harris, Nursery Department


Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Matthew 26:14-25

On the other side of trials, Christ waits

The story of betrayal of our Savior Jesus Christ in Matthew 26:14-25 is as relevant today as it was when He walked the earth.  So many people are focused on personal gain rather  than helping others  through God's grace.  I have experienced professional betrayal by people I tried to help.  They vowed their loyalty while constantly plotting against me.

Oh, but, on the other side of the trials, God has shown me over and over again that He will keep me, protect me, provide for me and continue to bless me as long as I remain faithful in His word.  Every trial is like a storm.  It will pass and there will be sunshine, blessings, and renewed strength on the other side.  We must remain diligent and steadfast to the powerful word of God and know what we are always in His care.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Roy Smither, Men's Prayer Call


Thursday, April 13, 2017

John 13:1-15

Spiritual Actions in the Name of Jesus

Each time I read the story of Jesus washing the feet of His disciples, I am in awe of His expression of love to them.  It is a powerful reminder of what love really is.  During the past few months, I have experienced many kind and meaningful acts of Christian love, expressed through service to me and even to my small dog, Abby. My brother, sister-in-law, other family members and friends have helped me with activities such as getting to medical appointments, grocery shopping, feeding my dog, house cleaning chores, and getting my mail. My younger generation of cousins has helped by picking me up for holiday dinners and being sure that I get home safely. Other gestures in Jesus' spirit of love have come from church members and sorority sisters in the form of get-well cards and thoughtful telephone calls.  My New Hope Deacon has visited me, provided me with Communion, and offered prayer and words of comfort. My neighbors have occasionally checked on me, walked my dog, and helped me get my mail. Young strangers often have helped me open doors and complete other painful tasks. I am forever humbled by and thankful for the services that have been provided to me in Jesus' spirit of love.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Dr. Sandra A. Mayfield, Social Justice Committee


Friday, April 14, 2017

John 18:1 - 19:42

Innocent but Nailed to a tree; HE died for me!

This day, Good Friday, is known to Christians all over the World.  It is the day that Christ died for our sins.  I have gone through each step of this Lenten season re-living the greatest sacrifice that Christ made for you and me.  However, I have found myself so unworthy; yet, Christ loves me in spite of my sins , and gave His life so  that I could have the right to eternal life if I just believe in Him!!! Such an undeserving sacrifice for you and me!!!! How can I not love Him for this great sacrifice?  His last words, "It is finished" symbolized His greatest Love for all of us.  
I know that Christ died for me.  He was innocent, but, He never said a mumbling word to save Himself from His Accusers.  His sacrifice was not for Himself, but, for you and me. He was without SIN!

Thank you, Christ, for loving me enough to die for me that I may LIVE!!!!!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Arnetta Koger, Women of Hope


Saturday, April 15, 2017

Matt.28:1-10

Sharing  the Good News that Christ Lives

It is quite clear in Matt.28:1-10 that good news is meant to be shared with others!  Are we prepared to tell others that our Redeemer lives as Mary Magdaline and the other Mary did? They did not hestitate, even in their fear, when the angel told them to go and tell the disciples that" He(Jesus) has been raised from the dead."  Are we as confident as Mary Magdaline and the other Mary that Jesus lives today? Are we sharing the good news that Christ lives in 2017? I AM!!!!   I know that my Redeemer Lives! He Lives Within My Heart.

Happy Easter to each of you!!!!! "Christians are truly Easter People!"

Jacqueline Sample, Condolence Committee


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