A special note from Pastor Steve:
Although we will not be holding service during this special Easter season, due to the COVID-19 restrictions, it is my hope and prayer that all Christians continue daily with hearts full of praise and worship, with thanksgiving for the kindness, love, and sacrificial gifts that have been freely offered to mankind. May we continue to pray and be concerned for one another. Even though we are separated for a time, may we be bound together spiritually. Even so Lord Jesus, come!
Pastor Steve’s message for today, Palm Sunday, April 5, 2020:
In Times Like These
Yes, that’s the title of a famous gospel hymn that says, “In times like these you need a Savior…Be very sure your anchor holds and grips the Solid Rock…this Rock is Jesus. Yes, He’s the One…”
Matthew 14:24 (NKJV) says, “…the wind was contrary…”
The rude, blustery, and contentious winds of this past March did their best to blow us off course, and they continue to try the very core of our faith. As believers in the Lord God of Heaven and Earth, we know the trials of this world often result in bringing us closer and closer to a “Rock Solid” relationship with Jesus.
Better it is that we struggle through the valley of temptation, confusion, and anxiety that we may see more clearly the beauty of His love when He brings us to the other side.
It is that very love of Jesus that opens our hearts this time of the year. It is the same love that sustained Elijah when hiding by the brook; the ravens brought him bread and meat (1 Kings 17:1-6). That some love will carry believers through the trials of our lives.
In 1 Peter 1:3-9, the author reminds us that even though we may suffer grief and hardships of all kinds, it may result in praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus.
Hebrews 11:1 tells us faith is “…the evidence of things not seen.” We can’t see the outcome of these days, but we know the Almighty Creator knows perfectly well how things will play out.
God is never too early or too late in the working of the events of this world. Should it really be any wonder that the events of today may cause hearts to be renewed in worship and obedience to the Prince of Peace?
May we not allow the events of these days to overshadow our desire to focus on praising and worshiping the God that Ephesians 1:5 says has “…predestined us for adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will.” It was His will that the perfect, sinless Lamb of God would be the atoning sacrifice that would reconcile humanity back unto Himself.
These days should help teach us:
- the credibility of biblical prophecy
- the brevity of life, which should cause us to look to the care of others. As James says, your life is but “…a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away.” (James 4:14)
- to endure, as James 1:12 tells us, “Blessed is the man who endures temptation…he will receive the crown of life…”
Let us with contrite hearts praise and obey the Son that gave His life, so that many would live.