"Remorse and regret are the pains left by sin." Paraphrase by Theodore Parker

"If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. But if we confess our sins, God, who is faithful and just, will forgive our sins and cleanse us from unrighteousness."
1 John 1:7-8

golden calfCecil B. DeMille's "Ten Commandments" is a movie I am sure most of us remember. While in Sinai, the Israelites waited for Moses to come down from the mountain and as they waited they were tempted through the enticement of a man named Dathan, who urged them to worship the golden calf. The following scenes of debauchery found the people indulging in ritual dances filled with excess and a complete abandonment to the requisite illicit behaviors that ruin both body and mind. Moses brings the law to once again convict and challenge the people to see that God is offering so much more than appeasing the matters of the flesh. God is offering a wholeness that honors the body, mind and spirit so that our lives can be filled with lasting grace and peace.

The challenge is that for most of us, debauchery and idol worship are not what ails us. It is more mundane, day to day emotions that enslave us; anger, arrogance, pride, envy, overindulgence and inaction. These emotions burden souls and destroy relationships, often leaving us far from peace and contentment. We need a prescription to overcome the illness of the soul that breaks and wounds us. We need an examination, if you will, an appointment with the Great Physician. The good news is, the Healer is here to help!

The season of Lent is our time of examination. This season there will be many opportunities for some honest reflection; some great Bible studies, mission opportunities and worship experiences that will help us to see our potential. And, we will also have a special sermon series, Soul Destroyers: The Seven Deadly Sins. We will tackle (forgive the Super Bowl pun) the disease of the seven deadly sins and learn how to use God's antidotes. Together we will explore the prescriptions the Lord has to make our lives better as persons, as a community and as servants of the Lord. Come be a part of the greatest story ever told! God's healing touch awaits so that our spirits may enjoy the life that is and the life to come!

See you in worship
Rev. Michael






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