March 2015 at Steps

We are now into the period known as Lent – Lent is the period of six weeks, 40 days (not including Sundays) leading up to Easter, the most important festival in the Christian calendar.

Lent starts on Ash Wednesday in western Christian Churches and climaxes on Easter Sunday. The last week of Lent is called Holy Week, starting 30th March..

During the 40 days of Lent, we remember the time when Jesus went into the desert to fast and pray before beginning his ministry. During this time Jesus was tempted several times by Satan, but was able to resist.

Fasting – A time of denying self or more commonly a time of giving things up during this period of Lent. For us, it is one way of remembering the time Jesus’ fasted in the desert and it can be a test of self-discipline. But most importantly, Lent is a time of preparation for Easter, as we remember the death, the burial and the resurrection of Jesus. Perhaps this year, instead of just ‘giving up something’ – do something new! – be a regular at the prayer meeting, offer to lead your house group, make a cake a week for someone who would really value it in our fellowship – do some painting at church! – tell one new person each week the Good News of Jesus. Imagine the added dimension that will bring to Easter Day this year!

The Power of Jesus:……..

…the series we are following and will continue with in March. We will learn together through scripture, that The Power of Jesus enables us and empowers us, to face the challenges of being His followers in the 21st century. Also, we will learn how through Him we can overcome the challenges of our daily lives. This month, we look at Overcoming Anxiety and Frustration, Discontentment, Thankfulness, Overcoming our Pride. Be inspired by God’s Word to us – He knows our challenges, He knows our weaknesses; it is why sometimes we sing: For this I have Jesus…….

Celebrating and Sharing the Love of God

Dear Friends of Milborne Port – how good it is to see the green shoots of new growth starting to appear around our villages; the promise of a new season, new life, warmth (we hope !) and growth. And for many of us who struggle through the dark winter days, the longer days we can look forward to and see hints of now, are an added blessing.

2015 is for the UK a year of election and we may or may not be looking forward to the General Election in a couple of months. Are you ready for the political bombardment that is starting to be unleashed on us ?; with all those marvellous promises of a better life under one political party from another ? – perhaps you just don’t get overly bothered by it all!

The Bible tells us something quite contrary to the earthly scrabble for change, God says:

I the LORD do not change’ – that is from Malachi 3v6, the last book in the Old Testament. Does that make the God boring or a sure foundation on which to build our lives? The politicians are going to do all they can to make you live according to the policies they dream up, to out-do the other political parties. God does not have to do that because the bible also tells us:

‘‘All people are like grass,  and all their faithfulness is like the flowers of the field. The grass withers and the flowers fall, because the breath of the Lord blows on them. Surely the people are grass. The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of our God endures for ever.’ God’s manifesto!

I am grateful that God’s Word will be here for my children children’s, children – and then some! It is unchanging and it is life giving – within it we see the new shoots of life and growth, everyday. Have you ever known that new growth not to come each year? – that’s because God does not change!