Preparation for Easter - In Western Christianity, Ash Wednesday marks the first day, or the start of the season of Lent, which begins 40 days prior to Easter (Sundays are not included in the count). Lent is a time when many Christians prepare for Easter by observing a period of fasting, repentance, moderation, and other spiritual disciplines. The purpose is to set aside time for reflection on Jesus Christ - His suffering and His sacrifice, His life, death, burial and resurrection. Even though Baptists don’t normally observe Lent, this would be a great time for us to take some deliberate spiritual steps in preparation for Easter, and for the future of this great church. Personal spiritual discipline helps us know Him better, and His will for us individually and as a church. Consider the following possibilities. You might decide to fast, give up a meal, or a day of meals; some may give up more but make sure you are healthy enough. You may decide to give up social media, or give up television, or computers. You may decide to give up some other habit or behavior that you know does not honor God. The point is to give up something that matters, something that costs you something. It will help prepare us for Resurrection Sunday.
Praying for the Search Team is Essential. One of the things I hope all of us will do is to pray for our new Senior Pastor. We don’t know his name yet, but God does, so we want to pray for him and his family as well as pray for our Senior Pastor Search Team. They have their first meeting tomorrow night and I am excited about seeing the hand of God move mightily. Everyone here knows that Crosspath is not a perfect church, and everyone knows that the pastor is not a perfect pastor. And we also know that our new pastor will not be perfect but what we want is God to lead us to the perfect fit for our church. We want a pastor that believes in the Word of God completely, that lives the Word of God under the leadership of the Holy Spirit. We want a pastor that will disciple young men, young families, as well as meet the spiritual needs of the entire congregation to the best of his ability. We don’t want anyone that God does not want here and to get the person He wants, we must commit to pray daily for the Search Team by name. Our Senior Pastor Search Team is made up of the following people: Don Sells (Chairman) Teresa Henry, Deborah Powell, Don Kelley, Tim Spires, and Andy Craig. These people are not perfect people but we are trusting them to lead our church in a positive direction under the guidance of the Holy Spirit. We trust our Search Team to encourage us as we encourage them in their God directed pursuit. We trust our team to be the “best ambassadors possible” for Crosspath, always looking at the glass as half-full and not half-empty. We trust them to live exemplary lives with a heart turned towards God and a heart in love with this great church. They have a monumental task but with the help of the Lord they will help lead our church to the next wonderful step in God’s ultimate plan. We have a prayer reminder for you to pick up as you go out of the worship center that lists the names of our Team. You can place it on your breakfast table and read their names every day and pray. Remember that God has a plan, God has a person, and God has a perfect time table.