March came quick and now has past and here we are in April. Lockdown continues though there looks to be a small light at the end of this Covid tunnel. Some restrictions will start to be lifted and our hope is to possibly have in-person church sometime in May. However God continues to open doors even through lockdown as this has allowed friendships to grow with our neighbors.
Trying to figure out the weather, well, we have given up. All 4 seasons and forms of precipitation have been experienced in 1 day–hail, snow, rain, sun, wind! Meeting up with friends outdoors for walks/runs usually have to be planned last minute and will still end up wet occasionally! Rachel has started going through a series on Esther with a couple woman from church, and I continue to meet one-on-one with two other men as we are currently in the book of John.
Along with this, since we have not been able to meet at church, the decision was made to do some remodeling that has been needed for some time. I met up with a couple members from church and worked to tear out carpet in a couple rooms to replace with LVT floating floor. Even with this move to Ireland, I still work in a way to be involved with flooring.
Cavan Baptist has been going through the book of Acts and on Sunday Pastor Ivan preached about Stephen being stoned to death. This thought of being a sacrificial servant for Jesus really comes down to, are we willing to suffer for spreading the Gospel? I am leading our prayer meeting tomorrow night and will continue this thought of being a suffering servant. The question I will be focusing on is are we able to say without a doubt that we are willing to be persecuted, rejected and suffer for spreading the gospel.
To be a servant of the church is to be a servant of the gospel. And to be a servant of the gospel is to suffer. Are we truly willing to be unpopular, to humble ourselves, to give up our material comforts in order to proclaim Christ? This is a question that seems easy to say yes quickly too, but when thinking about true suffering, like being stoned to death for our faith, are we willing?
What is amazing to see is how Paul, like Stephen was a christian martyr who continued to rejoice in his sufferings. A question to ponder, Is it really worth it? If you are a believer in Christ, this answer is simple. Yes! We look forward to the day he will look upon us and say well done, my good and faithful servant.
“Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.”
On top of the world!
The angelic look may be deceiving….
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