As I spent time this week cleaning out my house and preparing for a yard sale, I became convicted by the enormous amount of stuff I have collected! At some point in time I bought each of those items thinking it was something I needed. Some of them we did use quite a lot and the kids have out grown them now. But some of the things were never used and were clearly not needed. One verse kept coming to mind. 1 Timothy 6:6 says, “Now there is great gain in godliness with contentment. For we brought nothing into this world and we cannot take anything out of the world.” Contentment means satisfaction in God’s sufficient provision. Does this mean we should stifle our desires and resolve ourselves to be dissatisfied when there is something we want? Absolutely not. When God says, “Be content,” he whispers to those who walk with Him, “I am enough. Find your satisfaction in me.” Notice the key here is that we must be walking with Him. We must have a relationship with Him where we spend enough time with Him to identify the Spirit’s whisper into our souls. That’s why 1 Timothy 6:6 says godliness and contentment come together as a pair. You don’t get one without the other. Contentment is more than just a satisfaction with material things. Contentment is a satisfied attitude about life – a grateful perspective. Take time today to stop and thank God for his generous provision in your life. It will transform your attitude and your day!
Search the internet for pictures related to Easter and this is one of the first images that will pop up:
Almost all of them include eggs or a bunny. I realize both of these symbols have religious significance, grounded in church history, but it seems like Easter has become just as commercialized as Christmas.
On the one hand, none of this comes as a shock. We live in a world that capitalizes on anything that will bring a profit. There is much money to be made from the sale of Easter Eggs, Candy, and gifts from the Easter Bunny. Let’s not forget, Easter is not about hunting eggs, dressing up for church, or eating Easter dinner with your family.
Easter is about the resurrection of Christ!
This Sunday we celebrate the fact that “He has risen.” (Mark 16:6) The resurrection is the single most important event in human history, it’s the beginning of Christianity, the foundation of our faith, and without it we have no hope. Paul says it best when he proclaims, “And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile and you are still in your sins…The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” (1 Corinthians 15:17, 56-57)
One thing invariably happens this time of year. I’m not talking about a giant bunny or baskets filled with candy. This is the time of year that people deny and dispute the existence of Jesus. The media is usually among the first to jump on the bandwagon of proclaiming “Jesus is a myth.”
Now let me be clear: This is the very definition of false advertising. No credible historian believes Jesus is a myth. Even the greatest skeptics of religion agree that theory has been abandoned. Bart Ehrman, the agnostic biblical scholar and fierce critic of the authenticity of the New Testament, calls Jesus-deniers “Internet conspiracy theorists trying to sell books”. He adds that denying Jesus’ existence is like denying there was a Holocaust.
Dominic Crossan, another scholar who would never pass for an evangelical apologist, says he’s “certain” that Christ existed, however, he’s not certain about who Jesus is. So the real question isn’t, “Did Christ exist?” He did! The real question yet to be answered is, “Who is He?’
This Sunday we’ll see how Jesus moves from being labeled by people as being “Qualified” to be the Messiah, the One sent by God to save the world from their sins, to being “Questioned” about who gave Him the authority to make such claims. We’ll have children singing, palm branches waving, and the pastors preaching, but I hope we’ll hear true answers given about the Truth, so when we leave we will all believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God and shout, “Hosanna in the highest!”
See you this Sunday at 8:15, 9:30 and 11:00am, and I not only hope that you come to Wildwood, but I hope you’ll invite a skeptic as we share the truth about the Truth!