This will be my last post before Easter. I know this from looking at the calendar. There is supposedly a formula that is used to calculate when Easter is. However, I believe that the calendar companies all get together and, in a secret meeting, pick the date they want to use.
Easter morning, I’ll be at my church to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus. At some point I’ll be sitting in the service looking the big cross that hangs in our sanctuary. The way the lights above are arranged the cross casts two shadows on the wall behind it.
It always reminds me of the story of the two men who were crucified with Jesus. Both were criminals. One of them demanded a miracle from Jesus, telling him to prove that he was the Messiah by saving them. The other told him to stop and then asked Jesus to remember him when he came into his kingdom. Jesus answers him by telling him he will be with him in heaven. (Luke 23:40-43)
A sinner is saved. I’ve always thought of this as Jesus’ last mortal miracle. An unworthy man professes his belief in Jesus and is saved. And there is rejoicing in heaven, as we were told when Jesus explained the parable of the lost sheep.
Why rejoicing? Because God wanted this man to get into heaven. Even though he was unworthy, God loved him. When he believed, the miracle occurred, and he changed from unworthy to worthy.
We all feel unworthy at times. That same miracle is available to everyone because God loves each and every one of us. God wants as many of us to get into heaven as possible.
Live your miracle! Make God rejoice!
I had put up a short post the day before Valentine's Day. It was outside of my usual posting every two weeks. But I had found a Valentine's card that I had given to Debbie and thought I would post a scan of the card.
Today I was wondering if this was a week when I am supposed to post, I thought to myself, No, I posted on Valentine's Day. That makes this your off week. So here I am suddenly realizing that I was wrong. So, this will be a short post.
I've written in the past about Tanzania and what a gift a scholarship is. (https://www.timkwrites.com/blog/bega-kwa-bega-scholarships) I'm very pleased that my church, Shepherd of the Hills in Shoreview, MN had decided that this year any money given during our Wednesday evening Lenten services will be used for scholarships for our children in our partner congregation of Kidamali in Tanzania.
I wrote before about how a scholarship is a triple gift. The recipient of the scholarship benefits by getting an education. The school depends on scholarship money for it's budget to operate. And Tanzania benefits when these students graduate and start having an impact on society.
If you'd like to help out with our fundraising here's a link to the Giving page on Shepherd's website. (https://www.sohsv.org/your-giving-makes-a-difference.html) You can give via text or online. Just make sure you mark you contribution as "Other" and put Lent or Scholarships in the description.
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