Life At The Bridge 05-01-2020

In the words of Steve Wood, "Welcome to May!" It's hard to believe we are already in May, but it is a beautiful day and summer is coming. I was reminded this week of the scripture in Lamentations 3:
The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases;
    His mercies never come to an end;
they are new every morning;
    great is Your faithfulness.

The same love that guided us before this current crisis is the same love that will get us through it. It's the same love that will shape a new future for us. It's the same love that binds us together now and will bring us back together in the days to come. These mercies never come to an end...and they are new each morning. Have you received your fresh dose of God's mercy yet today. You may feel like you ran out yesterday, but I implore you to come before Him again this morning and get your fill. Great IS His faithfulness.

If you are looking for a good fountain for God's mercies, try the First 15 devotional website or app. Be blessed.

What?...You thought it was “Q______________ With Jesus” didn’t you?  Well, there’s a funny story with that. So, in order to get our app approved for Google Play, we have to remove every reference to _________ (that virus) or the  ___________ (that "q" word that means the same thing as "isolation") . According to Google, we are being insensitive to use the C______ crisis or q________ for profit. And I would agree with them if that is what we were doing. Our heart was always to identify with people where they are so we could get right in there to help and encourage. That is the pattern Jesus set for us. But...what do you do, right? So how do you like “Hunkered Down With Jesus”? Don’t worry, you don’t have to tell us.  

Anywhere, wherever you see this new image, just know it is the censored version of our “Q_________ With Jesus” series. By the way, how is that going? I hope that this season has been one where you can identify more deeply with Jesus. Keep this in mind. Although we are sometimes tempted to think, “How can I learn or grow in the midst of this chaos?”, it is through the most challenging of times that our spirits are most deeply affected. A time of discomfort can be a powerful time of transition. Our attitude toward it determines if it will tear us down or build us up.

This Sunday we will watch Jesus as He enters Jerusalem the last time before His crucifixion. This is another uncomfortable, but powerful time in Jesus ministry. In the span of just a few hours we see Him get really sad, and then really mad. Meek and mild Jesus? Yup, Jesus.

Have you had moments of sadness during this last few weeks? Have you been a little ticked off at any point during this season? Join us this Sunday as we look at an emotional Jesus. Maybe as we take some time to identify with Him, He can help us readjust our focus. You can prepare by reading Luke 19.

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