Good afternoon my dear friends!
Being a history buff, I wanted to share with you a “Today in History” nugget. Today is known as “The Ides of March”. Bet you don’t know why! Well, in 44 AD, Julius Caesar, dictator of Rome, was stabbed to death in the Roman Senate house by 60 conspirators led by Marcus Junius Brutus and Gaius Cassius Longinus. The Ides of March was a period of time about thirty days prior (in what is our modern February) to today.
A soothsayer had previously told Caesar that the Ides of March were to be a dangerous time for him, possibly deadly. Caesar, being the dictator for life, wasn’t about to be told what was going to happen, as he saw himself as the Roman god. The story goes that as Caesar was on his way to the Roman Senate, he ran into the soothsayer and told him “The Ides of March have come!” (Meaning that this period of time had been completed.) The soothsayer replied to him “Yes, but they haven’t gone!”
The rest, they say, is history. Caesar was killed that day, and the Roman Empire would never be the same.
Do you ever wonder what you would do if someone could tell you the very day that you were going to die? Would you hire Van Halen and have Saint Clair’s biggest and craziest bash? Would you spend every last penny and travel around the world engaging wine, women (sorry ladies… men) and song? Would you spend that time before making things right with people that had been estranged to you? Would you spend more times with your loved ones, confirming your love for them? If you hadn’t had a real relationship with Jesus, would you make that a new priority?
The fact is, we of course don’t know when our lives will end. All we know is that they will, right? Jesus said that the days we’re living in are called “The End Times”. “The Last Days”. “The End of the Age”. He also said that no one knows when that last time will indeed happen, except the Father God.
So what are you going to make of your last days? Will you spend them like any other day? Will you procrastinate, deny it, or otherwise waste them? The truth is, we’re to spend each of our days here as gifts from God, loving Him and loving those around us. These are days of healing. Rejoicing. Renewing. Second Chances.
If I haven’t seen you in church lately, come back to Fishers and worship with us. Be renewed. Refreshed. The apostle Paul summed it all up this way: “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is--his good, pleasing and perfect will.” Romans 12:2
Please plan your Good Friday and Easter worship. Good Friday worship will be on the 30th of March at 7:00 pm, and Easter Sunday, April 1st, at 10:00 am. If you have been or will attend at another church, that’s wonderful! Good Friday and Easter celebrations are another amazing way to bring back your enthusiasm and love of regular worship. Praise be to God for His unending love in Jesus our Lord and Savior!
Peace in Jesus our Lord and Savior,
Good afternoon Fisher friends!
I’m sitting in my new office watching the snow fall outside. Okay, it’s not really an office, it’s a desk in Cameron’s room which doesn’t see too much of Cameron since he now has taken over Christian’s room. Regardless, I love to work in front of the window looking outside. Even today it’s pretty cool to have a “window on the world”.
Here’s a reminder of things coming up in March:
1. Today – “Be Nasty Day”. Please don’t enjoy this too much.
2. Sunday March 11 – Daylight Savings Time ends! We’re going to talk about CPR. Good stuff!
3. – Earmuff Day. Put ‘em on or store ‘em for the season?
4. – National Goof Off Day. Once again, don’t enjoy this one too much. At least at work!
5.------------------------------------------- Okay, here’s the important things ----------------------------
6. Palm Sunday March 25 – We come together to celebrate the start of Jesus’ “final mission” to save us from our sins and guarantee our salvation. The crowds cheered His arrival in Jerusalem; they jeered Him and demanded His death just days later.
7. Good Friday March 30 – The day the earth quaked and fell dark as Jesus died on the Cross. Jesus came as a hero and died as a common criminal. For you.
8. Easter Sunday – The celebration of all celebrations! The tomb that Jesus was placed in couldn’t hold Him. The miracle of His resurrection guarantees our resurrection also, through faith in Him and this holy event.
May God continue to bless you with His precious gifts to you. My prayer right now (and continuously) is that any of you that haven’t been to church lately would do so this Sunday. Even if you go to a church other than Fishers, please attend!
May God bless you and keep you,
FISHERS COMMUNITY CHURCH
Pastor Joseph Doenges
WORSHIP SUNDAY 10:00 AM
301 N. 6th Street
St. Clair, MI 48079
a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization