Abundant Life

Dearly Abundant,

Jesus said, “ The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.” (John 10:10)

What is the “abundant life,” and do we really want it?

C.S. Lewis knew that the abundant life did not equate with a comfortable life:

“The Christian religion…does not begin in comfort;
It begins in… dismay…In religion, as in war and everything
else, comfort is the one thing you cannot get by looking for it.
If you look for truth, you may find comfort in the end; If you look
for comfort you will not get either comfort or truth—only soft soap
and wishful thinking to begin with and, in the end, despair.”
(C.S. Lewis, “Mere Christianity”, New York: Macmillan,1952, p.39)

To gain the “abundant life” Jesus speaks of, it means we may need to accept a challenge, and plunge into moments of service for others that may unravel the very comfort we thought we craved?

Today marks the 17th anniversary of the Columbine tragedy here in Colorado. It stands as a day which illustrates the need to move beyond our own personal comfort to love our neighbor at deeper levels, so that the “abundant life” might be shared by all people.

PRAYERS: Let us pray for all who continue to mourn the Columbine shootings, earthquake victims in Ecuador and Japan. All who mourn our sister in Christ Jennie Taylor, who will be laid to rest at Fort Logan Cemetery tomorrow at 10:30am.

Matt Schneider, one of the strongest scholars of biblical content I know, will be our preacher this Sunday. Matt is going to talk about the Holy land and invite us all to consider joining him on a trip there. I have never been on the sacred ground of the Holy Land but I can only imagine that it draws you deeply into the truth that the heroes of the faith including our Savoir Jesus the Christ move out of their comfort zones so that we might have” abundant life.” I am very excited to hear Matt and lead worship with him. Amy and I are both prayerfully considering joining Matt on the upcoming trip to Israel.

Still in one peace,
Pastor David J. Jensen

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