Are You Ready?

Have you ever wondered why some denominations have certain traditions or celebrations that define their year and others don’t adhere to these same celebrations? Our district put on a conference in January called “Training Ground” where we had an opportunity to learn more about how we make disciples of Jesus Christ. At this conference we had the opportunity to hear from the president of The Alliance John Stumbo. In one of his remarks he stated that he often questioned why we “don’t celebrate the milestones of Christianity?” This statement got me thinking about the same thing—why don’t we celebrate the important dates and events in the life of a believer? That’s a question that baffles me. 

Over the past couple of weeks, I’ve been approached by some people asking me about Lent. If you’re not familiar with Lent, let me give you a little background on the subject. Lent is a 40-day period where we take time to focus on the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. It’s a time of preparation for this event; a time of repentance and refocusing on Him so that our relationship with Jesus Christ is healthy. 

With an event that is designed to draw us closer to Christ and strengthen our relationship with Him, I must ask the question, “Why don’t we celebrate Lent?” On one hand, I know that many who don’t observe it do so because in some Christian circles it has become rote or the message of the observance has been lost. But is this really a reason not to adhere to the Lenten principles of repentance and refocus? I don’t believe so. 

Easter is less than 40 days away now. But it is not too late to take time to repent of our sins—the ones that hold us back from enjoying true fellowship and communion with Christ—and bring our focus back on Him. Let this month of preparation make you ready to celebrate Christ’s resurrection with a new fervor and passion. Let’s be right with God. Are you ready? 

He Is Risen!

He is Risen!!  I love hearing those words uttered by the faithful during the Easter season.  I can remember my childhood days in my home church when it was packed out with people—some new but many who shared the walk of faith with us, everyone dressed up in their finest outfits in order to celebrate this great holiday.  But during the service, our worship leader, Lon, would always begin this most celebratory of services with this greeting that we find in Scripture—He is Risen!!  And we would answer, “He is Risen Indeed!!” 

            I am really excited for this year’s Easter Services.  We have such a great opportunity to celebrate with our church family the fact that Jesus is alive today.  The focus of the message that day will be showing us things that are now true because Jesus lives.  I’m trusting that this great reminder will draw us closer to the Lord.

            But one thing that I don’t want to have happen is the “post-holiday let-down” for that would allow us to go through the month of April and even beyond forgetting the wonder of the resurrection.  So, I’d like to give you a couple of thoughts to remember after the Easter holiday passes.

1.     No matter how tough life gets, remember that Jesus Christ lives and that this life on earth is nothing compared to eternity.

2.     If you know Jesus as your Savior, you are now a child of God.  And because you’re a child of God, you have an inheritance from God Himself.

3.     The joy of the resurrection can be yours every day—and this is what God desires for us!!!

May you all have a blessed Easter season!!

                                                                                           Rev. Adam K. Sellen
                                                                                           Lead Pastor