News from Pastor Jesse: "And the beat rolls on..."

The season of Lent is moving right along; we are preparing our hearts for the miracle of Easter.  And, indeed, Easter is a miracle!  Christ defeated death and nothing can separate us from the loe of God in Christ Jesus!  On Easter we will proclaim the resurrection and sing songs about Jesus defeating death.  Love wins!  The Bible is full of many profound illustrations of the good news of God’s love for us…

I am accepted…

I am God’s child - John 1:12

As a disciple, I am a friend of Jesus Christ - John 15:15

I am united with the Lord, and I am one with God in spirit - 1 Corinthians 6:17

I have been bought with a price, and I belong to God - 1 Corinthians 6:19-20

I am a member of Christ’s body - 1 Corinthians 12:27

I have been redeemed and forgiven of all my sins - Colossians 1:13-14

I am complete in Christ - Colossians 2:9-10

I have direct access to the throne of grace through Jesus Christ - Hebrews 4:14-16

I am secure…

I am free of condemnation - Romans 8:1-2

I am assured that God works for my good in all circumstances - Romans 2:8

I am free from any condemnation brought against me, and I cannot be separated from the love of God - Romans 8:31-39

I have been established, anointed, and sealed by God - II Corinthians 1:21-22

I am hidden with Christ in God - Colossians 3:1-2

I am confident that God will complete the good work God started in me - Philippians 1:6

I am a citizen of Heaven - Philippians 3:20

I have not been given the spirit of fear but of power, love and a sound mind - II Timothy 1:7

I am born of God, and the evil one cannot touch me - I John 5:18

I am significant…

I am the branch of Jesus Christ, the true vine, and a channel of His life - John 15:5

I have been chosen and appointed to bear fruit - John 15:16

I am God’s temple - I Corinthians 3:16

I am a minister of reconsiliation for God - II Corinthians 5:17-21

I am seated with Jesus Christ in the heavenly realm - Ephesians 2:6

I am God’s workmanship - Ephesians 2:10

I may approach God with freedom and confidence - Ephesians 3:12

I can do all things through Christ, who strengthens me - Philippians 4:13

When you see the many ways God loves us, it can be overwhelming.  So, on your good days and your bad days, remember these many ways that God has blessed you, is in relationship with you, and loves you profoundly.  And we know that when the disciples found Jesus’ tombn empty, they hid in fear, but soon they began sharing the news that Christ had risen!  So, many we, too, be sure to share the good news of God’s love with people of all walks of life.  And may they, too, be the recipients of hope as we have been.

A blessed Lent and a Happy Easter to you all!

Jesse