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Looking Ahead

Dear family and friends of First Pres,
This Sunday is the fourth Sunday in our Lenten journey as we travel in the wilderness learning where we are to grow both individually and corporately as a church. Last week we learned about the issues of where God is when there’s pain or trouble in our lives (remember the word of the day that day? Theodicy!). We learned it is not so helpful to raise our fist and ask God “why” bad things happen in our life; it is much more beneficial, according to Jesus, to turn back around and fall into the outstretched arms of our loving God (which is what repentance means), to find peace and comfort.
This week, we will be looking at two texts. The first reading is from Paul’s book of 2 Corinthians 5:16-21. The second reading, our preaching text for the day, is from Joshua 5:9-12. At first glance, the Joshua text appears to be a yawner in the sense of “What does this have to do with Lent?”
Herein lies the power of the brief Old Testament Story: It has everything to do with adapting our life to a new pattern of living as we grow in Christ.  Prepare yourself this week by reading our texts, but also by asking yourself, “How well do I really adapt to change? What’s exciting about it? What’s scary about it?”
Remember who you are, you are a child of God! Proclaim the Good News of Jesus wherever you go and be His loving hands and feet to the world! I am
Your pastor and friend,