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Lent Devotionals: Friday, April 7

A Time of Comfort

Nick Vujicic is an internationally known evangelist. He speaks to diverse groups of students, teachers, young people, business professionals and church congregations. What makes Nick different from other speakers is the fact that he was born with no arms and no legs.
Nick struggled in school where other kids bullied and rejected him. Thoughts of suicide plagued him until one day when, at the age of 15, Nick read the story in John 9 about a man being born blind; “This happened so that God’s mighty works might be displayed in him. (John 9:3b, CEB).” It was through that reading that Nick was able to look beyond his struggles and see that God can use them for even greater things.
Nick says, of his journey; “If just one more person finds eternal life in Jesus Christ… it is all worth it. (”
The apostle Paul was given a “thorn” in his side, an affliction of some kind. He prayed three times to have the thorn removed but God didn’t do so. Instead, Paul writes, “He said to me, ‘My grace is enough for you, because power is made perfect in weakness. (2 Cor. 12:9a, CEB).’” In other words, “I will give you all you need while you suffer but, in the bigger scheme of things, your suffering will serve a greater purpose; to reflect my power to others.”
Though God doesn’t always remove us from pain, heartache, and struggles, he does promise to be with us and to help us through.
As I look back on the lowest points in my life, I now see how God was with me and carried me through. Not only that, but I also see how God has used those times to allow me to connect with others struggling through similar times and perhaps provide a little bit of hope and an encouraging word to keep them going and to lean on God.
I’m certain God has, is, and will be with you through your darkest hours and I know that God will use your struggles to help others in their time of need.

May God’s grace and peace give you strength,
Pastor Scott

“I raise my eyes toward the mountains. Where will my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the maker of heaven and earth.” (Psalm 121:1-2, CEB)

Rev. Scott Goodfellow

Senior Pastor

Lent Devotionals: Thursday, April 6

A Time of Comfort

I don’t know about you, but Lent tends to be the most trying season of our Church Calendar. While Advent is a season of hope, excitement, and looking eagerly to the birth of the Christ child, Lent is something all together different. Through Lent, we spend time focusing on things like fasting, confession, and forgiveness as we prepare for the glory of Resurrection Sunday. However, for me it can often lead to feelings that are less than joyous. It seems the more time I spend earnestly seeking after God and confessing all that I have fallen short of in light of the righteousness of Christ, the more I am made aware of how weak and fallible I am.
I’m much reminded of the Prophet Isaiah’s words in chapter 6 when he is in the midst of his own confrontation with the Almighty. In this moment, Isaiah is so consumed with the glory of God, that he is simultaneously consumed with how unworthy he is to stand before the Sovereign. In fact, all he can do is kneel before God and proclaim, “Woe is me…. I am a man of unclean lips…”
Many times, I find it all too easy to get caught up with how incredibly insufficient I am with regards to God and God’s calling on my life. Perhaps that’s the whole purpose to the Lenten season. While Advent and Christmas are indeed integral moments to celebrate, Lent and Easter are something very different. Now, I fully understand that without Christmas there would be no Easter, but without the death and resurrection of the Christ Advent and Christmas are meaningless. Furthermore, without enduring the season of Lent, and coming face to face with who I truly am as a human, the Light of Resurrection Sunday would be slightly dimmer.
So, as I continue through the season, I am reminded of the words of the Prophet Zephaniah. Following his discord of God’s judgment and wrath that is to come on the Children of Israel, he leaves them with these final words of comfort. “The Lord your God is with you, he is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you. He will quiet you with his love, and rejoice over you with singing.”
Lent is a tough season. For that matter, life is tough….especially if you find yourself in the midst of a spiritual wilderness. Embrace the comfort that God can bring. Cling to the words of Zephaniah, and let God quiet you with his love.”

Rev. Corey Moses
Associate Pastor