A few weeks ago and again on Sunday, I taught our Bethel students about the end of Saint Paul’s life and ministry. Dramatically converted on the road to Damascus (Acts 9), he traversed every Roman road and back alley and sailed across the Mediterranean Sea (three times) in his singular aim to tell people about the crucified and risen Savior. He experienced unbelievable persecution during his ministry (read 2 Corinthians 4:7-12; 11:23-28). Never making excuses, he gladly endured all things to complete his mission: “That I may know Christ and the power of his resurrection, and may share his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, that by any means possible I may attain the resurrection from the dead” (Philippians 3:11).
I know that many of us are tired of pandemic mitigation practices; we’re beyond fatigued and have hit the wall. I understand there are cultural and political anxieties; enough to make anyone go crazy! Yet, as our Lenten season draws to its dramatic climax, I pray that you will find yourself centered in the good news of Jesus Christ, his death and resurrection. While certain things may be nagging for your attention, never lose sight of the cross and empty tomb. This event is the defining moment of human history and has an eternal mark on your life. Please make a plan for how you will observe Holy Week; your life and eternal destiny are forever shaped by these events. What a joy it will be to hear and experience this good news again this year!
Lenten Blessings to you all! Pastor Culynn
To prepare for worship on Sunday
(March 28), you are invited to read: