Bill’s View…A Hope Full Lent

What are you hoping for this Lent?

Perhaps that’s not the ashes question you’d normally consider. We typically associate this 40 day season with repentance and reflection, remembering our dusty humanity.  

Yet it is the certainty of the cross suffered for us and Jesus’ resurrection as God’s gift to us that lead us truly to repentance.  Lent is best experienced peering behind the rolled away stone, squinting into the darkness wondering if the cloth really came from His body and embracing He is not there.  He has turned away death.  We now can turn away (repent) from our self-centered lives.  Thus my opening question.

As you begin the 40 day trek to the vacant cave, what are you hoping for?  What does your heart desire for you, for your family, and for your Church?  Spend the next 40 days bringing these items to God.  Not in an arrogant spirit of entitlement but in a humble spirit of hopeful dust that will ultimately be restored.

Make the list.  Put it somewhere you’ll see it every day.  And pray.  Pray full of hope, full of confidence in the God whose Son is dusty like us.

Here’s my list:

  • That my daughter Abigail return safely from Egypt after spending two months with friends, serving at FOUND (a school for refugee children), and experiencing life at the crossroads of Christianity and Islam.
  • That the 12+ leaders CrossPoint is sending to the Verge conference the week of February 27 would create a deeper understanding of how mission is the best way to grow a disciple, and community is the best environment to do mission.
  • That God would lead us to a campus pastor and a youth director for our SevenLakes campus. 
  • That our EightTen’s campus plan for First Friday Music Venue would be solidified, ready to start.
  • That God would connect us with the right Spring Branch people to move the community park to the next phase.
  • That the Spring Break trip would be great experience for our CrossPoint youth and their friends.
  • That CrossPoint’s Board of Directors and our campus Leadership Teams possess great wisdom from God as they lead through this season.
  • That CrossPoint’s staff be replenished as we meditate on Jesus this Lent.
  • That my brother’s (Mickey) health would improve.
  • That the Brazil Mission Society board I serve on would have a clear vision of our next steps to impact that country for Christ.
  • That the local groups of FiveTwo, our church replicating network, would continue to replicate—10 thus far around the country (Boston, Florida, Minnesota, Texas, Colorado, Arizona, Washington, and California), with another six in the works.

That’s my list.  Now, go make yours.  And pray.

P.S. I’ll be serving SevenLakes during the pastoral vacancy, which means I won’t be present at the other campuses for a while.  Feel free to bring your family and join us any Sunday at SevenLakes High School 10:30 am.  It’s the same CrossPoint.  Just a different location!

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