Sunday, 22 April 2018

C Columns

Publisher's Corner - Enjoying a song about believing

By Sandy Jones

 

Spring is just around the corner, although today it feels like it has already sprung. The birds are back, my tulips are up, my miniature carnations are blooming — please realize that I’m writing this in February. We should just barely be through January’s fog and grey gloominess; this has been the mildest winter I can recall. More blue skies and sunshine than I can ever remember during an Idaho winter.

Each winter I look forward to spring and Easter with zeal. After months of cold,grey weather, I welcome the warm sunshine and look earnestly for the first hints of new life in my flower beds, anxiously waiting for the grass to turn green. Yes, I am a Spring/Summer girl, but more than that, it’s as if God is reminding me of Jesus’ promised resurrection through these “signs.”

On a recent Sunday morning in church, we sang the Newsboys' “We Believe.” Standing next to my husband I belted out the familiar chorus, and as I did so I found myself really thinking about what I was singing.

We believe in God the Father! The imagery that accompanies that line takes my breath away — this is The Creator of the universe.

We believe in Jesus Christ! This is the same Jesus who came as God in flesh, and walked 33 sinless years here on earth.

We believe in the Holy Spirit! And He’s given us new life! These lines always make me reflect on Acts 4:31 (NIV): “After they prayed, the place where they were meeting was shaken. And they were filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God boldly.” It’s usually at this point that I ask myself if I speak the word of God boldly enough.

We believe in the crucifixion! Oh yes, the visions of Jim Caviezel in “The Passion of the Christ” always, always flash through my memory at this point. I know many thought these scenes were too graphic, but what if they were accurate, or, even worse, what if, as many biblical historians believe, it was only a fraction of the punishment inflicted upon our precious Jesus?

We believe that He conquered death! Oh how I envy Mary on the path that morning! Imagine arriving at an empty tomb, only to meet Jesus Himself, face to face. I’m a chatterbox, and love to deliver good news; what a joy it must have been to run tell the disciples ‘He’s alive!'

We believe in the resurrection! It was prophesized and yet the disciples doubted. Would I? Do I have any deeper faith? How could I? They physically walked daily with Jesus, and still they had doubts and reservations. As much as I would love to wear the big “SC” for Super Christian on my chest, I know that I’m a mere human, the same as them, and, just like them, Jesus loves me!

And He’s comin’ back again! Oh what a glorious day that will be! Christ Himself said in John 14:3, “And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.” What a magnificent promise!

As we enter and celebrate the Easter season, it would be my hope that you are filled with the Hope and Promise that Jesus Christ came to deliver!

A Note From Sandy:

Many of you have inquired about our non­profit application status. In January we received a request from the IRS to do two things. These items were completed and proof submitted to our Determination Specialist (who has been wonderful to work with) on February 8. At deadline we are simply waiting to hear back.

Thank you to everyone who has been instrumental in getting us to this point —our advertisers, without whom we would never get to print (please shop them and thank them for their support); you our readers; our wonderful staff; and the many, many who have prayed for us, encouraged us, and cheered us on! Because of all of this support we believe that we are making a difference — with website visitors from all over the U.S. & Canada, and 41 countries around the world. We have readers who subscribe to our free e­subscription (via our website) as far away as Mexico and Germany.

We share the hands and feet of Christ at work here in our community by sharing about various non­profits and organizations that are making a difference. Groups like The Closet; INsideOUT Salon; JEM Friends; Hands of Hope Northwest; The Shoe That Grows; the Boise Rescue Mission; faith­based recovery programs; localChristian schools; Love, Inc.; Cowboys for Christ; Fellowship of Christian Athletes;  prison ministries; and most recently PRAYnsters — this list goes on and on, I apologize for those I missed due to lack of space.

We have regular contributors who donate their time, talent, expertise and energy.  There simply aren’t enough words of gratitude to adequately thank them for what they share with you, our readers, and the difference they make in our community.

Thanks for checking in — May God Bless you! Until next time....

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