Would you say you are a good person?

Pastor's Notes

     Greetings and grace to you in the wonderful name of our Lord Jesus Christ.  I am writing this on the 11th day of Nisan, 5778 according to the Hebrew Calendar; Tuesday, March 27 for all of us Gentiles that were “strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world:  But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ.” (Eph. 2:12b-13)  Our Lord’s last week of His earthly life has been on my mind and heart continuously this week.  A lot of times when I think a week has been tough, Jesus’ last week comes to my remembrance.  The Lord Jesus knew what was going to happen to the least detail from eternity.  Yet He did it for love; His love for the Father and for you and me.  From the cheers of Hosanna when He triumphantly entered Jerusalem, the cries for Him to be crucified to the jeers hurled at Him on the way to Calvary, Jesus’ commitment to do the will of God with all of His being never slacked or wavered.  Concerned for the very ones that had crucified Him, Jesus prayed, “Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do.”  Indeed Jesus came to give His life as a ransom for many, even you and me whose sins Jesus bore in His own body on the cross.  Jesus’ last earthly week was indeed a roller coaster one, but one thing was constant, Jesus’ delight to do the Father’s will.  Do we walk like Him? (1 John 2:6)

     April not only brings Easter Sunday, with Sunrise Service at 6:00am and our regular morning services, but two big ministry events.  Saturday, April 14, beginning at 10:30am, we are planning on visiting each house in our Piney Chapel community with the purpose of meeting our neighbors and inviting them to Celebrate Jesus at Piney Chapel Elementary on Sunday, April 22 from 3-7:30pm.  Celebrate Jesus will be a day of ministry and fun for ERBC and our community neighbors.  There will be hamburgers, hotdogs, shaved ice, cotton candy, inflatables, singing, testimonies and Gospel presentations.  Please be listening for ways you can serve and minister during these two intense days.  Begin now to pray for the Lord to draw people to Himself and to save many souls to His glory.

     Returning to the thoughts of the first paragraph, Jesus never changed in His commitment to do God’s will.  His earthly ministry spanned some three years according to the Gospels.  After being baptized by John the Baptist, Jesus began the ministry portion of His life and the there are three Passovers recorded during in the Gospels.  During the first Passover recorded in John 2, Jesus cleansed the temple for the first time.  John 2:17 records, “And his disciples remembered that it was written, The zeal of thine house hath eaten me up.”  Zeal here means passion and fervor of spirit connected to that which is His Father’s.  Again from beginning to ending of Jesus’ earthly life, His zeal for that which pertained unto His Father never altered in the least.  Can this be said of you and me?  In Romans 6:19 we are challenged to evaluate our zeal for the Lord.  “I speak after the manner of men because of the infirmity of your flesh: for as ye have yielded your members servants to uncleanness and to iniquity unto iniquity; even so now yield your members servants to righteousness unto holiness.”  (Rom. 6:19)  In high school football consumed me and was my life.  A close running second was Mustangs.  Playing football came to an end and so did owning and hot rodding an old Mustang, but the battle rages on at times in my heart of flesh.  If not on these two fronts, another will arise to distract my attention and steal my zeal for the Lord.  Oh, to be like Jesus and always delight to do only the will of the Father with great zeal.  Is there anything in your life you are more zealous of than what pertains unto your Heavenly Father?  Heavenly Father, grant unto us “For to me to live is Christ.” (Philp. 1:21a)  Amen.    


By His grace,


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