Thursday, March 18, 2010

An Easter Message from the SOCEM Board (2010)


Lately it feels like spring: the rain, the warm breeze, the fresh shoots that are springing up. Easter is coming in just over two weeks. It is a privilege to serve our risen Lord Jesus together. This time of year so many remember not only the glorious resurrection of our Crucified Lord and Saviour, but also the agonies of the Cross. It is very humbling to confess the truth: "We'll never know how much it cost, to see my sins upon the Cross." Truly we cannot repay such a wonderful gift, though our gratitude does issue in praise, adoration, the willingness to do His will, and hearty obedience.

The ESL ministries we offer to our neighbors is a small but very real token of our appreciation for the merciful loving-kindness of our Heavenly Father, the humble obedience of the Son, even to death on the Cross, and the ever present comfort and faithful ministry of the Holy Spirit of Promise.

Whether your program is starting up, in transition or in full swing, let us encourage you with the thought that our Lord's death and resurrection did prefigure transformation, i.e. the possibility of real changes. Therefore, as Paul exhorts us after a glorious passage on this theme, "Be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labour is not in vain." (1 Cor 15:58)

May your heart break anew with the revelation of the truth of the Gospel, and thrill again and again at our glorious Hope, both Christ within us and Christ, coming again. May you know Him more and more deeply and personally, and may we each and all be found faithful and busy doing the good pleasure of the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, making the Saviour known in word and deed.

Blessings in Him this Easter!

The SOCEM Board

P.S. Our latest SOCEM Newsletter, "The ESL Link" is out. Click here


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