From the Pastor :: March 2014

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

Are you tired of the snow yet? We may finally be coming to the end of it.  I heard one weatherman say that we were close to 100 inches of snow this season.  Of course, that was before the last snowfall we had.  The average snowfall each season is only 66 inches.  I think I have shoveled more snow this year than I have since moving to Indiana from Kansas in 2002.

When the first snow fell, I shoveled the snow off of my driveway like many others did.  When the second snow fell, I again shoveled the snow, putting the snow from the driveway on top of the pile of snow that was already along the driveway.  You know how this is going because you’ve seen it everywhere.  With each snowfall, the snow that used to be on my driveway continued to grow the pile that was along the edge of my driveway.  With each shovel of snow from my driveway, I was building a wall of snow along my driveway and between my house and my neighbor’s house.  What started out as a small pile of snow became a pile so large it created a barrier between me and everything else.

In the same way, this is what happens with our sins. One sin, piled upon another, left unconfessed, creates a wall, a barrier between us and God.  Soon the pile is so high it is impossible to deny the barrier that we have placed between us and God. Unlike the snow, which eventually stops, our sins continue and the barrier between us and God continues to grow. There is nothing we can do to break down that barrier.

As the recent rains have washed away [some of] the piles of snow.  The Lord also, washes away our piles of sin. He did this by sending His Son, Jesus, into the world.

For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive in the spirit, in which he went and proclaimed to the spirits in prison, because they formerly did not obey, when God's patience waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was being prepared, in which a few, that is, eight persons, were brought safely through water. Baptism, which corresponds to this, now saves you, not as a removal of dirt from the body but as an appeal to God for a good conscience, through the resurrection of Jesus Christ, who has gone into heaven and is at the right hand of God, with angels, authorities, and powers having been subjected to him. (1 Peter 3:18-22)

Floods caused by the melting snow can be a dangerous thing, but the flood of baptism washes away our sins, breaking down the barrier between us and God, and creates in us a good conscience. As we enter the season of Lent this month, we will hear again about God’s working in the world and in our lives to reconcile us to Him.

Blessings in Christ,

Pastor Dehning