Over the past few days, we have received a number of questions surrounding the coronavirus and Creekside’s plan to react to its spread in our community. We thought this was a good time to remind us of the second principal command Jesus gave to His followers: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself” (Matthew 22:39). Here are four ways you can love your neighbor through this particularly difficult time.
By Tony Cunningham
Much of life is defined by a delicate or not so delicate dance of our hearts, minds and souls. We choose to do whatever we want, then we are hit with a sickening feeling that reminds us this does not feel right and we turn back to what is good and right. The last move in this dance of turning back to what is good and right, of turning back to the source of life from our own ideas and of what we think will bring us joy, is what is called repentance. This dance is engaged not once in life, or even periodically, but continuously throughout every day of life. We do not live the way we want to live, we do not choose the good and right things of life, but continue to turn away from the source and somehow trust and believe that we have our own path to joy and happiness. It always comes up short. It always leaves us wanting. We then, whether immediately or after a struggle, turn back to the springs of life, to the water that does not leave us thirsty. Again, this is the real and practical application of repentance.
By Laurie Goddard
It wasn’t until coming to college that I realized Lent was a thing. I now see it as a gift to the believer, an opportunity to break the usual ebb and flow of life to look more closely at Christ.
By Clay Myatt
Next Wednesday, February 26th, is Ash Wednesday, the beginning of a 40-day period (not counting Sundays) called Lent leading up to Easter Sunday. The brief history of Lent is as follows: As early as the second century we have writings from church fathers talking about a season of self-examination and repentance leading up to Easter. By the time of the Council of Nicaea (325), there is a reference to a 40-day Lenten season of fasting for new Christians preparing for baptism, and soon that 40-day season began to be observed by other Christians.
By Steve Gregg
As a pastor, I am often pointing people to passages in Scripture to encourage them in any number of ways. It might be surprising to some of you that these words from Joseph to his brothers are some I return to again and again.
As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good, to bring it about that many people should be kept alive, as they are today. (Genesis 50:20)