May 05, 2022
Spring has sprung, and I couldn’t be happier! I’m glad warm weather is upon us. I love when the seasons change. Seeing the flowers in bloom, trees with fresh buds sprouting, and bright, green grass growing, brings a sense of renewal.
Speaking of renewal, we had our first-ever Easter service at The Well on April 17. Over 600 people attended, spread out over the two services. I wasn’t there personally, but I heard it was a beautiful day of celebrating the Lord’s resurrection! God is certainly bringing renewal into the hearts at The Well.
During the Easter weekend, I had an opportunity to spend some quality time with my family in the Smoky Mountains. We stayed in a cabin and enjoyed playing card games, eating lots of good food, taking walks, reading, and relaxing out on the deck where we saw the most beautiful mountain views and sunsets. We spent time shooting pool too. (By the way, my family says I’m a pool shark since I won most of the games!)
While in the mountains, I also reflected on Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection. The hope, promise, and assurance of salvation is important to me. It gives me peace. I don’t know about you, but I need an extra dose of peace these days. We live in a weary world, but as believers, this troubled world is not our home. We have the promise of heaven.
Salvation is a gift. You can’t buy your way into heaven or get there by simply living a good life or doing good deeds. You must believe and accept Him into your heart as your Lord and Savior. I hope you have that trust and faith in Him.
In March, Pastor Chris did a series on Ephesians. One of his messages was titled, “But God.” He shared Ephesians 2:8-9, “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God – not by works, so that no one can boast.”
Without God in my life, without His grace, I could not keep going. But God. Jesus died on the cross for my sins. I can’t boast about my salvation. It’s not something I do. By God’s grace, I have Jesus! I want you to know He died for you too.
We are saved from the weight of sin. Pastor Chris also said that when realize what we’ve been saved from, it changes the way we live. We live humble lives. We live grateful lives. We live generous lives.
I encourage you to examine your heart. Are you living a humble life? Are you grateful? Are you generous? Not just with your tithes and offerings, but also with your time and talents. Have you accepted His grace? It’s FREE. I hope you’ve accepted Jesus into your heart as your Lord and Savior. You’re worth saving, and He wants to have a personal relationship with you.
We live in a broken world. Without Jesus, we’re lost. We need Him. Jesus offers us the gift of salvation so we can spend eternity with Him in heaven where we’ll have eternal peace.
As you go about your week, I hope you’ll take time to think about what going to heaven means to you. If you have questions or want to learn more about walking in faith with Jesus as the Lord of your life, please feel free to reach out to me or one of the staff at The Well. We’d be honored to talk with you.
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. – John 3:16
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