Ponderings for February 5 2019

           Happy Tuesday, Trinity community! Let me clear several things off my desk…actually, five things. Grab your coffee and your calendar, and
           here we go.
  1.  What are your plans for February 21—of 2020, that is? We are going to Israel! I hope you can come. I am convinced the Lord will do amazing things in people’s hearts and minds there. To see where David fought Goliath and where Jesus prayed and the valley where the Final Battle will take place: a historical and intellectual treat! And a huge spiritual one as well. So, what are you doing this Sunday, February 10, at 4:30pm? You ought to come to an informational meeting here at Trinity if you are even remotely interested!
  2.  February 25—of this year—is the targeted date for the groundbreaking of the Gathering Space! (Yay!) I am excited not only for the beautiful and aesthetic upgrade it will be to our facility but also for the extra space and therefore time we will have on future Sundays to kibbitz and fellowship. But, most of all, I am excited for the opportunity this space will give us to welcome “those still to come.” Would you keep praying that we would be a welcoming place to those in Lake County, wherever they are on the spiritual journey? The Gathering Space will be a tangible expression of our love for those still not here.
  3. Boundaries. Just planting a seed: Right after Easter we are going to call our church to examine and discuss the need to set boundaries. An insightful book by Drs. Henry Cloud and John Townsend will be the “curriculum” for all of our groups (existing and new ones) as well as the pulpit. Get ready to talk about when to say yes and how to say no in your relationships. Boundaries—coming post-Easter.
  4. Lent is coming. Forty days to prepare our souls to reflect on the Passion and Resurrection of Christ and what that calls us to in our everyday lives. Stay tuned in; it all gets started on Wednesday, March 6.
  5. This Sunday, we continue to think our way through the book of Romans and its profound and compelling message to us. The editors of the Geneva Study Bible describe Romans this way:
Paul’s fullest, grandest, most comprehensive statement of the gospel. Its compressed declarations of vast truths are like coiled springs—once loosed, they leap through mind and heart to fill one’s horizon and shape one’s life. John Chrysostom, the fifth century’s greatest preacher, had Romans read aloud to him once a week. Augustine, Luther, and Wesley, three supremely significant contributors to the Christian heritage, all came to assured faith through the impact of Romans. All the Reformers saw Romans as the God-given key to understanding all Scripture, since here Paul brings together all the Bible’s greatest themes…. From the vantage point given by Romans, the whole landscape of the Bible is open to view, and the relation of the parts to the whole becomes plain. The study of Romans is vitally necessary for the spiritual health and insight of the Christian.
Let’s persevere in these timeless and spiritual words.
That’s all for now.
Pastor Paul