Celebrate Lent – Fourth Sunday

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 Purpose

We are created for God’s purpose. Before Noah’s time, those who were created in God’s image for the purpose of loving and serving God, turned against him. People had fallen from God’s original intentions. But here comes Noah, to set a shining example for the rest of us. Despite all the corruption around him, Noah “found favor in the eyes of the Lord“.

We can follow the destructive way of sin, or the noble way God intended for us by creating us in His image. There is a continual battle for my soul: a life and death struggle between sin’s effect and God’s gracious invitation. The stories we read in the Bible aren’t just human interest stories, they are given to teach us about the fundamental choice we face every day. Sin’s way or God’s way.

Yes, we are created for God’s purpose. I pray every day that my life will in some way fulfill that purpose.

 – Charlie Schnabel

Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound
That saved a wretch like me.
I once was lost, but now I’m found
Was blind but now I see

You may know John Newton as the writer of “Amazing Grace,” but did you know that he was also a slave trader and sea captain known as “the Great Blasphemer?”  After experiencing the amazing grace of Jesus Christ, he started a completely new life as a hymn writer, evangelist, pastor, and a warrior for the abolition of slavery in England.  He found God’s special purpose for his life.

When he became a Christian, he lost everything: his job, his way of life, his “friends,” he even lost his sight in later years, but the words of one of his lesser known hymns may describe how he carried on –

Though troubles assail us and dangers affright,
Though friends should all fail us and foes all unite,
Yet one thing secures us, whatever betide,
The promise assures us, “The Lord will provide.”

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