Spring Into New Life

Give thanks to the Lord for he is good, his faithful love lasts forever.  Let Israel say, “God’s faithful love lasts forever!” (Psalm 118:1-2)
As we move into April we are thankful for the spring weather, as the flower beds, lawns and fields wake up to a new growing season.  Spring is my very favorite season of the year.  I love to watch the flower bulbs push up new life.  I love to see the calves playing in the fields and squirrels chasing each other around trees that are putting on new buds of life.  The whole idea of new life gives me hope.  The “blahs” and dormancy of winter are real.  Spring is that season wherein that which died in the fall is raised to new life. 
Jesus spoke about the hope of new life as he discussed his impending death when he said, “Now the time has come for the Son of Man to enter into His glory.  I tell you the truth, unless a kernel of wheat is planted in the soil and dies, it remains alone.  But it’s death will produce many new kernels – a plentiful harvest of new lives.  Those who love their lives in this world will lose it.  Those who care nothing for their life in this world will keep it for eternity.  Anyone who wants to be my disciple must follow me, because my servants must be where I am.  And the Father will honor anyone who serves me” (John 12:23-26).
This month we remember Christ’s journey to the cross.  We reflect on and thank GOD FOR Jesus’ willingness to die on the cross for our sins.  We will celebrate his last meal with his closest followers at the Living Last Supper at 7PM, Thursday, April 13 at our church.  Then on Good Friday, we will remember Jesus’ death on the cross as we join with other Christian brothers and sisters in our community for an ecumenical Good Friday worship service at 6:30 PM at the First Presbyterian Church in Scottsbluff.  I can’t encourage you enough to take in these two special evenings. 
Easter Sunday, April 16, we will celebrate Jesus’ resurrection to new life.  This is the pinnacle of the Christian faith as we hold fast to our hope that Jesus’ resurrection is just the first fruits of those who have died (1 Corinthians 15:20).  As we die to ourselves, and live to serve Christ, we hold fast to the new life that is in us.  Christ’s victory over death affirms in us the hope that we too will have eternal and everlasting life through our faith and trust in Jesus Christ. 
April 23, will be a very special day in our church as six young ladies will be confirmed as members of our church.  They will say “Yes” to the love offered them through Jesus Christ as they publicly profess their faith in him.  They too will be celebrating new life in Jesus Christ.  Please join us at the 8:30 AM worship service on April 23 as we celebrate these young people.  They are: Tamara Brocious, daughter of Cindy Brocious; Alison and Emily Carpenter, daughter of Katie and Ray Carpenter; Sarah Connot, daughter of Sherry Preston; Jordan Hughy, daughter of Chad Hughy; Keelyn Morris, daughter of Ashley Morris and Matt Buckridge. 
Yes spring is a very special time of year.  The signs of new life are everywhere.  May we be so very thankful to God for the new life we have in his Son, Jesus Christ.  Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good.  His faithful love lasts forever! 
Blessing, Peace & Love,
Pastor Craig

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