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These 40 Days: Week 4

I hope that you all are having a most wonderfully blessed day today. If you missed the service on Sunday (or if you just want to see it again), it can be found both on the church’s Facebook page and on the church’s YouTube channel.

Just a side note, if you like the page and subscribe to the YouTube channel, you can also get notified when we go live again. More than likely, it will be next Sunday, unless it is before then. Obviously.

Anyways. There is a lot going on and we would like for you to be able to be a part of as much of it as possible. I mentioned on Sunday that the PrimeTimers will be holding their monthly luncheon on April 8th at Napoli’s in downtown Belton. Let Vicki Leake know if you’re wanting to attend. April 10th is Palm Sunday and there is also a baby shower following the service for Morgan Stafford, who’s son Luis was born on February 28th. April 15th is Good Friday, with a Good Friday service at 6:30pm. And then April 17th is Easter…Resurrection Sunday where we celebrate Christ defeating death and the grave, rising from the tomb.

This past Sunday, as part of the series These Forty Days, Pastor Derek looked at the end of Matthew 5; focusing on the part where Jesus tells the gathered people and his disciples to “be perfect, as your Father in heaven is perfect.” That is a pretty tall order. In fact, it kind of seems impossible. Thankfully, there is much that gets garbled in translation. As Pastor Derek pointed out, this perfection does not mean “without mistakes” or “without error.” Rather, it leans towards meaning “complete” or “fulfilling its purpose.” I want to say the Greek word of the day was “Teleos.” 

I do find it comforting that God is not expecting me to be error-free. Not that it is any excuse to make mistakes or do wrong, but I know that I can tell the perfectionist in me to be quiet and sit down. At another point in the New Testament, Jesus says that his purpose is to do the will of the Father. In laying down His life, Jesus was being perfect; he was fulfilling his purpose, his reason for being on this earth. What do you think is your reason, your purpose here on this earth? That is how you can be perfect, how you can fulfill your purpose. Do what God wants you to do; don’t mindlessly follow the crowd.That is how you can fulfill your purpose, how you can be perfect as your Father in Heaven is perfect.

Peace and blessings,
Pastor Danny

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