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St Patrick's Day - What's it all about?

Saturday, March 17 is St. Patrick's Day. Quite frankly the day has become a very popular almost a worldwide celebration. Do you know much about St. Patrick? He is considered by many to be the Patron Saint of Ireland but he was actually born in Britain sometime in the late 300's A.D.  That's right, Patrick wasn't Irish. His given name wasn't Patrick, it was Maewyn Succat, but he didn't care for that name so he chose to be known as Patricius.

His father was a deacon in the early Christian church, but Patrick wasn't a believer. At the age of 16, he was captured by Irish pirates and enslaved as a shepherd for 6 years during this time he chose to believe in Christ and became a born-again Christian. Later on, Patrick claimed he received a vision urging him to bring Christianity to the Irish people. 

Patrick's message of faith in Jesus Christ was not well received in Ireland but Patrick remained faithful and in time he baptized over 100,000 people and helped to plant over 300 churches. Patrick is probably the individual responsible for popularizing the shamrock or the three-leaf clover you see so much of around March 17. Patrick used it to teach the concept of the Holy Trinity to the Irish people.

Today Patricius is known to most as Saint Patrick, though he was not technically a canonized saint by the Catholic Church. ST. Patrick's Day started as a religious celebration in the 17th century to commemorate the life of St. Patrick and the arrival of Christianity in Ireland. This "Feast Day" always took place on the anniversary of Patrick's death, which was believed to be March 17, 461 A.D.

This Saturday, March 17 remember St. Patrick and remember every born-again believer is sanctified or set apart by God through faith in Jesus Christ to serve the Lord and our fellow man. Remember like St. Patrick you have a story to tell of how Christ has changed your life. Last of all, remember to be persistent, don't give up or give in, be faithful to Christ to the very end. It paid off for St. Patrick and it will pay off for us. 

Yours in Christ's Service,                                                                              
Bro. Mike Hensley

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LIfe's Expectations - The Cross

John 16:16-20

16 "A LIttle while, and you will not see Me; and again a little while, and you will see Me, because I go to the Father."  17 Then some of His disciples said among themselves, "What is this that He says to us, 'A little while, and you will not see Me; and again a little while, and you will see Me'; 'and, because I go to the Father'?"  18 They said therefore, "What is this that He says, 'A little while'? We do not know what he is saying." 19 Now Jesus knew that they desired to ask Him, and He said to them, "Are you inquiring among yourselves about what I said, 'A little while, and you will not see Me; and again a little while, and you will see Me'?  20 Most assuredly, I say to you that you will weep and lament, but the world will rejoice; and you will be sorrowful, but your sorrow will be turned into joy."

Life doesn't always go as we expect it to. We see this every day in others' lives and sometimes in our own, Life takes a drastic turn in an instant. It could be a school shooting, and automobile accident, a suicide, or an unexpected diagnosis at the doctor. You know that we live in a dangerous and volatile world. As I reflect on this fact and I think about the situations people are going through, I am reminded of the cross. The cross is a wonderful example of expectations gone awry. The disciples had been living with and experiencing the awesome power of the Messiah. They each had their own ideas about how Jesus would set up his kingdom. They even jockeyed for position in this new kingdom. They failed to realize what Jesus was explaining to them. They just didn't get the fact that Jesus was going to be taken and beaten beyond recognition. He would be mocked and humiliated. He would be nailed to a cross for everybody to see- this "King of the Jews". Then Jesus died. Jesus DIED! How could this happen? It doesn't make sense; it doesn't fit the storyline the disciples had in mind. How can Jesus really be the Savior and King if he is dead? Get the picture? The cross is the reality of the sacrifice Jesus taught about. The cross is the necessary evil that would usher in Jesus's eternal kingdom. The disciples just didn't comprehend Jesus's teaching, and we are like the disciples in so many ways. When life takes an unexpected turn we too become shaken and rattled. We scurry looking for answers to help us make sense of what we are experiencing. We cry out, "It isn't supposed to be this way" and "This isn't supposed to happen". Yes, we are so much like the disciples. Then Sunday came. There was more to the story. Jesus would overcome death! He would rise to victory just as he said he would. Jesus remained faithful to his word. The resurrection of Jesus brought hope to the disciples, and it should bring hope to us. Jesus is faithful to his word and his plans. When life throws you unexpected troubles turn to King Jesus. Each of us are in the middle of a story and we need to trust in Jesus. He knows how our story will develop. He is never caught off guard. Jesus is always able and always available. He is ready to pour His strength and peace into our lives. Remember HE WROTE THE BOOK! HE IS THE BEGINNING AND THE END- and he is able to care for us if we will just let him.

The old testament prophet Habakkuk had it right when he wrote: Though the fig tree may not blossom, Nor fruit be on the vines; Though the labor of the olive may fail, And the fields yield no food; Though the flock may be cut off from the fold, and there be no herd in the stalls --Yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will joy in the God of my salvation, The Lord God is my strength; He will make my feet like deer's feet, He will make me walk on my high hills.

Remember the sacrifice on the cross and celebrate the Savior - His name is JESUS!

God Bless,
Pastor Chuck

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