Hope at the Beach Lenten Newsletter – March 2017
“Do not let your hearts be troubled. Believe in God, believe also in me. 2 In my Father’s house there are many dwelling places. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, so that where I am, there you may be also. 4 And you know the way to the place where I am going.” 5 Thomas said to him, “Lord, we do not know where you are going. How can we know the way?” 6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. 7 If you know me, you will know my Father also. From now on you do know him and have seen him.” John 14:1-7
In the midst of Lent, we find ourselves wondering whether or not this Christian life is worth all the pain, hassle, and at times, sorrow. I believe that Jesus had these times too. As he drew nearer to his death, those who followed him also felt that things were going sideways, but didn’t know why.
It is here in this very moment that Jesus comes to us and brings us hope. Calling us not to be troubled in the very moment of catastrophe. Calling us to look not backward, not forward, not even in the “now”. But calling us to look to him; ‘the way, the truth and the life’. It is IN him we will find healing, calm, and joy. It is in HIM we find purpose and calling. It is in him WE find rest!
This is what I have been preaching at Hope at the Beach for the past eight years. Hope is a commodity sorely needed in this time. It is because of your prayers and financial sacrifice that we can, by the power of the Holy Spirit, continue to help people know Jesus. And in knowing Jesus, know the Father and have people see God in and through us.
As always, go in peace and surf the Lord!
Pastor Chuck and Lin