LEAVING A LEGACY

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grandma comptonProv 10:7 the memory of the righteous is blessed.

My grandma Compton died this week. She was a tall Kansas farm wife, 96 years on this earth with 16 children, 57 grandchildren and over 100 great-grandchildren so far. We all have people who leave marks in our hearts. I will always crave her hot chocolate mixed herself and cooked on the stove waiting for us to wake up. I will marvel at how she produced a new dessert for every meal even though some to the previous dessert remained. (What kid wouldn’t like that).

My deepest gratitude however is for the spiritual legacy she gave. Since my first 5 years were spent in Kansas, grandma was the first Sunday school teacher I remember. She infected us with a love for Jesus from the very beginning. Over the years she continued to remind us of Jesus in a loving way just came naturally for her. Granted I was one of the grandkids not at risk of cutting my own switch from the tree like I heard from aunts & uncles!

She was very human. Like all of us she learned, laughed at herself, and grew over the years. From this living-far-away grandchild’s perspective her legacy is that of modeling a genuine love for and faith in Jesus.

It reminds me that such legacies matter. Grandma’s is complete. What will yours be?

Some worry that they won’t leave much behind when their time comes. Others work hard to build an estate. But an inheritance is not a legacy. A legacy is the lasting impact of your life on others. The enduring memories you leave in the hearts of others as well is the life altering imprints. Your legacy is built daily through the heart and habits of your life.

The question is not if you will leave a legacy, but what kind it will be. Prov. 10:7 says “The memory of the righteous is blessed, But the name of the wicked will rot.” The key to a legacy that brings joy to others is right living and right relationships. Don’t leave legacy of regret and bitterness. Live for the good of others and not at their expense. Surely this is connected to Jesus instruction that we love as He loved… not just syrupy sentiment but with substantial compassion.

Decide to live each day with integrity and grace towards others. Then your legacy will bring joy and inspiration to those you leave behind. As a follower of Christ I believe drawing your life from growing faith in Him is the key to doing this successfully. To increase your chance of leaving a great legacy, find other Christ follower and ask them to help you get started. I’ve got to find out if anyone has that old hot chocolate recipe.

OH yeah… Paul has a great sermon this weekend that you won’t want to miss. I’ve heard the preview. It is very timely for all of us.

FREE CONCERT THURSDAY

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Trombone Bell     The Tabor College Concert Band and Symphonic Orchestra will be performing at the Lexington Middle School Auditorium on Thursday April 23rd. This FREE concert begins at 7:00 PM. It is a small liberal arts college in Hillsboro, Kansas with intentionally Christian core values.

Seth Shields, a recent LHS graduate who grew up in Parkview, plays trombone with the group. They will be sharing classics, modern classics and sacred songs by Vaughan Williams, Mozart, Beethoven, Aaron Copland, Alfred Reed, Del Borgo and Percy Grainger.

Information on the college will also be available to anyone who might be interested. This concert is part of a three-day tour through Nebraska & South Dakota to share their music.

What does Jesus change?

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create clean heartPhil. 1:6 For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus.

Does anything really change when a person trusts their lives to Jesus? What changes can we expect while we are on this journey before we cross into God’s perfect eternal kingdom. What will Jesus change if we give our lives to Him in faith?

These are great questions to ask no matter which side of that decision you are on. If you are thinking about it is important to decide with your eyes open. I believe the changes are wonderful, you will have to decide for yourself.

We often sell the gospel wrong. We tell a hurting soul, “Trust Jesus and everything will be alright.” What does that mean?

If you have already trusted Jesus, chances are you were hoping for some kind of change. It can be frustrating when we misunderstand or were misled about what Jesus would do in us when we trust Him.

One challenge is that people are most open to turning to Jesus when life is hard and they are longing for change. We often sell the gospel wrong. We tell a hurting soul, “Trust Jesus and everything will be alright.” What does that mean? On who’s timetable and from what perspective? Are there other things we promise that thought Jesus could change might be secondary to what He most wants to change in a person’s life?

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AT THE CROSS

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cross on tableLuke 23:33 When they came to the place called The Skull, there they crucified Him and the criminals, one on the right and the other on the left. 34 But Jesus was saying, “Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing.”

There was a large crowd at the cross when Jesus was executed. People were there for different reasons

√ Soldiers just doing their job

√ Curious onlookers seeing what is going on

√ Brave but struggling followers came to support their teacher & grieve

√ Religious enemies gloating over a foolish enemy

All of them saw the most pivotal, powerful moment of history. The ultimate sacrifice that made eternal life possible… that makes changed life through forgiveness possible. Most did not realize what was actually happening. Those who did were forever changed. What about you?

This Friday at 7:00 we will gather at the cross for a time of reflective worship. Twin dangers for believers today are either getting bored with the cross or too busy for the cross. Both conditional are dangerous for our souls and relationship. We will begin by sharing communion together in an upper room environment. You won’t want to miss this so arrive early if possible. From there we will move to the cross with the challenge of imagining what our response would have been if we were there.

Twin dangers for believers today are either getting bored with the cross or too busy for the cross.

Join us Friday evening to re-anchor your soul in the cross of Jesus. We have a room ready for you to meet with the Master.

1Peter 2:24 and He Himself bore our sins in His body on the cross, so that we might die to sin and live to righteousness; for by His wounds you were healed.

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