Reflections from Pastor Jennifer
On another note, the feast in the fellowship hall was excellent as well! Everything tasted delicious. I would almost think that you are getting yourselves ready to cook for Homecoming!
The month of April is all about showers. That is why you are asked to bring bar soap, wash cloths, and loofahs for our shoeboxes. Liquid body wash cannot be used, but money and shoeboxes can! Anything you donate is greatly appreciated.
Rain Down Blessings
For the month of April, our focus is raining down blessings to those in need. Kim & Jason felt led to head up this month, so they are asking us to donate to create care bags for the homeless. Included in the bag will be: a rain poncho, first aid kit, canned food, mosquito spray, chap stick, flashlight, & water. Each bag will cost approximately $25. We will have the opportunity later this month to distribute the bags to a homeless encampment (more info to come).
This Sunday, April 9th is Easter Sunday. If you have not yet invited anyone to our service, please do so this week. Also, if you are reading this newsletter on our social media page, and you do not attend a church regularly - this is your personal invitation to join us at 10am this Sunday at Cornelius Church of God!
Rain Down Blessings
Holy Week Devotional
On Palm Sunday, Jesus entered Jerusalem for the last time during His earthly ministry. The stage was set for the triumphal entry! City roads and alleyways were overwhelmed as multitudes awaited the arrival of Jesus, the Christ. The ground was adorned with palm branches and the streets echoed with singing: Hosanna! Hosanna to the Son of David! Hosanna means: save us or rescue us. However, as expectant as those songs may have been, they were not sung in anticipation for the type of kingship Jesus was entering. The people wanted a king who would overthrow the current government and save them from political oppression. Jesus came to accomplish much more: He came to give us eternal life and spiritual freedom.
With that in mind, there are two significant realities found in this text: one, we are desperately in need of a Savior, and two, Jesus comes to us (albeit unexpectedly).
Unlike the Israelites’ expectations, our salvation does not come through the government. Our salvation does not come through political policy, humanitarian deeds, or education. While those institutions are powerful, our desperate need is spiritual. Our faults, shortcomings, and inability to do only good all of the time reveals our deep need for rescuing. Despite our best attempts, humanity is crying out for redemption.
It doesn’t end with the awareness of our need, however. God, our loving Father, knew that even on our best days we would never achieve perfection. In light of that knowledge, He sent His Son, Jesus, to each of us. He came into your Jerusalem, took your sin upon Himself and, and as we’ll recount together this week, paid the penalty of sin for you.
Maybe you weren't expecting your freedom to come through Jesus. Maybe you were expecting it to come through your own resolve, self-help, counseling, or pills. Maybe you thought your freedom could be achieved through the right relationships, success, or accumulation of stuff. Nothing can achieve in your life what Jesus died to give you. He can make you fully alive: free from guilt, shame, bondage, and regret.
If you’re reading this, and you’ve never accepted the free gift of God’s grace through Jesus, I want to invite you to pray a simple prayer. Simply say this: Jesus, I know that I am a sinner, and I know that you are the Savior. I ask You to forgive all my sins and remove all my shame. I invite You to come into my heart and be the Lord of my life. And I’ll follow You, all my days, from this day forward. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
In Revelation 3:20 Jesus says: “Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me.” What area(s) of your life do you need to invite Jesus to step in to?