Below are some truths and bodylife updates for your benefit.
Fear of Man
As we considered Mark 14:66-72 this past Sunday, Peter fell prey to fear of man. Caring too much about humans and what they think of us (or what they can do to us) is a temptation we all struggle with. The anecdote is simple, however, we must fear God. As William Plumer writes:
And so surely as we have just conceptions of the eternal power and majesty of God, we shall have no tormenting fear of the puny arm of mortals.
If you want a great resource to help you grow in these things, here is a message with notes by Todd Murray on cultivating the fear of the Lord. Todd is very frank in his discussion on the topic. He has spent years mortifying fear of man and learning to walk in newness of life in this area.
DR. Jerry Wragg Weekend
It's finally here. We are hosting Pastor Jerry for the weekend. Here are the times and locations you need to know:
Friday: 6:00am-7:30am @ Allan Bros in Albany - all men are invited.
Saturday: 9:00am-12:00pm @ Holiday Inn Express (right next to the Comfort Inn). Topic: Life in the body. We will have one large room rented. Children are welcome but please note we won’t be able to stream the teaching into an overflow room like we normally do on Sundays.
Sunday: 10:00am-12:30pm @ Santiam Place. Our normal worship service will be followed by a shared meal and Q&A with Jerry.
Profiting from Meditation
Dan Jarms writes about the benefits of journaling as a means of slowing down to think carefully about truth. Journaling isn't a command in Scripture, and it may not be your thing. Nevertheless, the principles he discusses are very helpful.
I especially resonated with his concern that in a church which teaches the Bible, we can become familiar with sensing conviction without transformation.
First Sunday at Eicher Road
Right now we are penciling in May 5th for our first Sunday at the new building! Barring any unforeseen issues this will begin our long-awaited season as a church meeting in Albany. Since closing will take place on 4/30 it gives us a short week to prepare for our first Sunday. That's okay - we'd rather get in sooner rather than later!
Monday morning as I woke up to snow all around, my mind went to the comforting words of promise given through the prophet Isaiah:
"Come now, and let us reason together," Says the LORD, "Though your sins are as scarlet, they will be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they will be like wool. Isaiah 1:18
The state of fresh, white snow is a picture of the removal of the stain of our sin. As Isaiah said, God would do this, because surely we could never do it ourselves. He gives us righteousness and sanctification in Christ.
What an amazing gift that God blesses us with rich reminders in creation that display his marvelous deeds so that we might praise his name (Psalm 86:10, 12).