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Ashes to Fire: Remember Who You Are

Mark 1:9-15

 

The season of Lent has begun.  It is a time of honest reflection, of remembering, of repentance.  Apart from God we are ashes.  The cross reminds of us this.  But in our passage we find that we have not been left alone.  Jesus, the Son of God, our savior and guide begins to blaze the path and shows us how to live.  He knew who he was, and calls us in our hearts, our attitudes, our will, and our actions to remember who we are.

Comfort

Revelation 21:1-7

This week Daniel Morton, a 6-year old in our congregation, died in a tragic accident at his home.  This week’s service is in memory of Daniel and for the support of his parents Jeremy and Vanessa.  The promise we hang onto in the midst of the storm, is that in Jesus we have a life that not even death itself can stop.  And this hope gives us deep comfort.

Transformed

Ezekiel 36:24-28, 37:1-14

Have you ever gotten stuck in a rut?  Perhaps it’s in a relationship and you’ve done again, the thing you said you wouldn’t do.  Consequences come and you feel hopeless asking, can I ever change?  In the storm, God’s promise comes to us from the prophet Ezekiel, speaking to Israel after hundreds of years of abandoning God, now conquered and deported to foreign lands. He says, Yes you can!  If you will come before me I will help you not just change your actions, but the root of your problem, your heart itself.

Safe

2 Corinthians 11:16-12:10

It’s easy to not feel safe.  With economic threats, job cutbacks, life in a violent society, threats to marriage and more, it seems that life can be spent simply trying to establish and maintain security.  Paul lived in a life filled with more threats than we will probably experience, but God taught him that it was precisely as we trust in God’s promise and grace in the middle of the fear or uncertainty, he will guide us through it. “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”  We can shout in the face of the storm, “I don’t have to be afraid, even in weakness, because in God I am safe!”