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April 4, 2017, 6:50 PM

From the Pastor - April 2, 2017

Dear Friends,

One of the greatest instincts in every human being is self preservation.  In literature, movies, and television we see a never-ending example of people who will quite literally do anything in order to survive.  Fully mature, formerly rational people, will give up principles, beliefs and even the lives of people close to them, all in an attempt to save their own life.

Against this overwhelming interest, Jesus speaks the following words recorded in three different Gospels.  In Matthew 126:25, Mark 8:35, Luke 9:24 Jesus says "For whoever wants to save his life will lose it…"  He speaks, and at some level we understand it, even if we struggle to believe it.  We understand and believe at some core level that the harder we work and the more we strive to reduce ourselves to save our own life, the worse things get.  Eventually the pointlessness of our striving leads to death including the people and things we love and eventually even ourselves.  We simply cannot get out of this life alive.   There is hope, however, with the last half of the verses.  They end with "…but whoever loses his life for me will save it."

This great mystery only makes sense when we look at life in its fullest definition.  It's not just about the brief number of years that we live here on this Earth.  And it's not only about eternity that we will spend either with God or separated from Him. It's both. It's accepting the gift of God, Jesus Christ, and allowing God to secure our place in eternity, at His side.  With God, your eternal life begins the day you lay down the life you've been trying to save.  Without God, the slow and inevitable death that has been swallowing you up day by day will continue. The gift has been given; the choice is yours.

In God's Grip,
Pastor Mark

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