Dear Friends in Christ –

Sunday, the Gospel reading confronted us with the authority and centrality of the Word of God in the hearts of Jesus’ disciples. We saw how even Simon Peter had ready made excuses for why he didn’t want to listen or follow the command of Jesus. Yet, compelled by the Word, an astonishing catch of fish and the miracle of faith took shape among them. 
Dear Friends, we need to be confronted by the Word again. In this Word, we hear about a God who sets a standard, but also a God who shows mercy when we make mistakes. In this Word, we meet a God who shows tough love, even willing to give his only Son to die for us. In this Word, we are given a fresh start and a new beginning. As you open the Bible, the Spirit opens your heart to the wonder of the Creator God and his Messiah, Jesus. 
Beginning on Friday, February 1, I encourage you to open your Bibles to the Gospel of Luke. There are twenty-eight days in February, four of which are Sundays. What if we spent the other twenty-four days reading the twenty-four chapters of Luke’s Gospel? This will be a wonderful way to expose yourself to God’s Word, experience Jesus, and prepare your hearts for the season of Lent. Check back on our website and Facebook page this week for a reading guide to the Gospel of Luke. 

Opening the Word with you – 
Pastor Culynn

To prepare for worship on Sunday  
(February 3), you are invited to read:
Matthew 13:1-23

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