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“Peace I leave with you.” John 14:27

I am the kind of person that once immersed in a great book will often flip to the last few pages so I know the ending. Some may think this is cheating and not very considerate of the author’s buildup to the conclusion of the story. Others are probably just like me. We like to know the end at the beginning.

And so it goes with the season of Lent. I love this time of the year in the church calendar and I look forward to spending time in thought, word and deed as we recall the ultimate sacrifice and triumphant resurrection of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. It is a hard journey for those who take it seriously.

However, I love Lent because I know the end at the beginning.

In John 14 we hear Jesus telling the disciples that soon He won’t be with them in this world. Jesus knows that He must leave His followers in order to fulfill prophecy and return to the Father. I’m certain this was a cause of great concern for the disciples. But Jesus constantly reassures them that He will send a helper, a comforter, and a counselor to them.

This remains an important part of the the lenten journey. We need to remember that God chooses us and we are not alone. We are adopted by Him and deeply loved.

Together, we are going to take the next few weeks to walk the weary path to Calvary. It is a tough reminder of a sacrificial life given for our sins. Jesus was blameless, we are not.

I’m ready to remember but I’m also ever confident in a God that constantly comforts us. Won’t you join me?

Jesus Loves You – Pass it On…

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I’m not bold enough to claim to be a prophet. I’m not even bold enough to call myself a Bible scholar. I AM bold enough to proclaim my belief and love for Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior. That doesn’t make me smart, it just makes me blessed. The fact that I get to share it with you is even more delicious in that I could not have done so in such a public way before the growth of the internet.

What would have happened if the prophets had been able to use social networking? Can you imagine if Micah, Joel or Elisha sent out a tweet warning people to return to God?

God spoke through many prophets. They were the real deal. But even more amazing, the prophets did not have the ability to blast an email to millions. The prophets didn’t have Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. What they did have was prophetic visions and God’s voice to share meaningful words of wisdom.

What’s really impressive is that people listened to them! From kings to ordinary citizens – everyone paid attention to the prophets. They might not have obeyed but they definitely listened.

Today, you and I articulate through our blogs or other internet sites and share our religious beliefs. Some may be more eloquent while others might be a little more homegrown. It’s all good. We simply need to remember that words can inspire others to do great things but they can also cause great damage. Our ability to reach many is unfathomable.

But at the end of the day, our goal should be the same. We should strive to enlighten and encourage people to return to God. The prophets, without a doubt, changed mankind for eternity. We need the internet to reach many, but we should also remember that our God is greater than anything man can invent.

Speak, write, shout or tweet but whatever you do and however you do it, be sure to tell others about Jesus.