Don't let the snowstorms fool you, it's almost Easter (wait, Easter and snow almost always go together on the Front Range!). This Sunday is Palm Sunday. When I asked some folks what was their favorite part of Easter, i was surprised how many said, 'Palm Sunday'. They remember carrying palm branches and marching into church with lots of music.
Some traditions are meant to last- and kids carrying palm fronds and marching up front is one of them. Our children will be doing that- and more, for both services.
The sermon this week will be called, 'Throwing in the Towel.' No, it has nothing to do with my NCAA Basketball brackets (but it would be appropriate!).
A wise person once said, 'People stop growing when the cost gets too high.' There comes a point in people's lives when they no longer choose to grow- or risk (the same is true for churches, too!). Over time, I have seen people who believe in God and were once excited about following Christ decide to move to the sidelines. The cost of following Jesus got too high. Amazingly, the issues that cause people to drop out are amazingly similar.
So what causes most people to 'throw in the towel'? Coming at it from the opposite direction, what is the one thing that I have found to be most powerful in helping people grow closer to God and infuse their life with energy and joy? You might be surprised.
See you Sunday.