Brothers and sisters,
Happy Monday to all! I hope your day is going well. Yesterday as we worshipped we thought about true versus false faith. We looked at two memorable people in the gospels, Mary of Bethany and Judas Iscariot. They were memorable for very different reasons. Mary was memorable for her lavish show of love and worship of Jesus as she poured out her most expensive possession on Jesus to honor Him. Her faith in Jesus and her love were evident in an act that Jesus called “beautiful.” Judas Iscariot was memorable also. His false faith and lack of love came out in his criticism of Mary’s act of worship and his betrayal of Jesus. Judas Iscariot considered the beautiful act of Mary to honor Jesus a “waste.” This revealed Judas Iscariot’s opinion not only of Mary but of Jesus and Jesus’ worth. Judas Iscariot considered Mary’s act a waste and thus considered Jesus unworthy of such an honor. In John 17:12, Jesus called Judas the “son of perdition” which implies Judas Iscariot’s whole life was a life of waste. These two memorable persons from the New Testament help us see that life lived believing in and loving Jesus is never wasted, while life rejecting him is the ultimate waste of life.
Remember our Easter Schedule. We will have a joint Good Friday service with Sovereign Joy Church at their location, the YWAM building, 4802 Dakota Drive, Madison 53704 on March 30th at 7:00 PM. We will have our Easter Breakfast that replaces the Bible study hour on Easter Sunday, April 1. There are invitations and “The Case For Easter “ books here at the church building if you would to like to pick them up to give to family and friends.
We do not have anyone signed up for childcare for worship this Sunday, March 25. If you can help this Sunday, let me know.
Love being your pastor!
Bob Ray, Pastor, East Madison Baptist Church