This is the first Sunday of Lent, a season of reflection and preparation before the celebration of Easter. “Lent recalls the events leading up to and including Jesus’ crucifixion by Rome. By observing the 40 days of Lent, Christians replicate Jesus Christ’s sacrifice and withdrawal into the desert for 40 days.
Happy Valentine’s Day to all of you! Whether you are single, married, together, or separated, we can all celebrate this special day together because “God is Love.” As a special treat for Valentines, instead of doing my regular sermon, I am going to call up my one and only love for 38 years, my wife for 33 years, my best friend, the mother of our children, and our co-pastor, Pastor Lena Lazo.
We live in a society today in which nothing is secure or certain. Our health, our jobs, our homes, our finances—that we may have at once thought were stable—are all subject to change and often in a negative direction. How do we do we work through these uncertain times? More importantly, how secure are we in the Lord when everything else seems to be falling apart?
We are seeing many instances where it appears that churches are being picked on or discriminated against by the government or by people of influence during this coronavirus pandemic. This has resulted in churches making changes on when we gather, how we gather, and how we worship. How does God want us to respond to those who persecute us?
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