Bobby's Thursday Blog

Ides of March

Shakespeare may have gotten it right in his warning to Julius Caesar, “Beware the ides of March.” If you live in the Northeast you awakened to another Nor’easter cranking out the snow and ice. Even here where we live, after nearly 60’s last week we have some ground cover from snow flurries overnight. As they say, “If you don’t like the weather today, just stick around until tomorrow. ”

Good old “Bill,” when writing the warning of impending doom and disaster for the Emperor certainly got the forecast right. Julius Caesar was stabbed 23 times and murdered by a mutinous mob of senators in 44 B.C. Shakespeare had no idea the phrase would be infamous 500 years later.

This weekend is lesson 2 in the series, Momentum, getting from where you are to where you want to be. We’re all looking for a breakthrough when life feels like harsh weather, which doesn’t want to leave town. This weekend we’ll explore two thoughts from the early church and momentum in their life and ministry.

Sometimes life deals out a very bad hand. None of us is immune forever from illness, hardship, sudden career change, etc. Life can feel like the ides of March are all around us, hope can be lost. Our confidence in life can be fragile; everyone has gloomy days. This week we’ll share how the early Church found hope and help from building community and being more engaged in God’s mission on earth.

If your just now getting started again at Journey or this is your first try at becoming more focused with God each day, join in this weekend for part two. I promise there is an alternative God has in mind for each of us. God is for us. He is not against us. That trumps even the ides of March.

Easter is just 24 days away. Pray and begin to coach a friend to be your guest at Journey Easter 2018. It can be a game changer for you and them. Also, if you’ve been considering your baptism, Easter would be a great weekend to go public and share this decision; talk to me and we can make this happen.

One more thing, don’t forget the Q & A with Bryan and Bridget Martinez right after Sunday worship. Pizza and drinks is provided. Parents, youth and volunteers working with youth are invited to hear the 2018 vision for youth ministry at Journey as Bryan goes full-time youth/small group minister in May.

Momentum has taken a swing in the right direction after a long winter. Keep it up. New people arrive each week. Bring someone to this series and give them the walk through at the Journey experience.

God is good.

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