Pastor Perspective

Pastor Paul Mattson

April 2019

. . in Pastor’s Perspective:

Jill and I recently had the opportunity to attend a “Weekend to Remember,” a Family Life min-istry event, which focuses on healthy, faithful, and Christ-centered marriages. It was truly a wonderful event. Jill and I learned some new things about our selves, our communication styles, personalities, etc. We also explored what messages about marriage and communication we gleaned from our families during our growing up years. All of it was very enlightening and helpful, coming away with some great ideas on how to make a great marriage even better. 

The main takeaway from the weekend for us, was a simple one: be intentional about tending your relationship as husband and wife. If you allow the relationship to drift, the relationship almost always drifts towards isolation, rather than to a greater sense of oneness. So it takes in-tentionality to keep a marriage relationship strong, focused and healthy. 

In April, here at Immanuel, we will have a different kind of “Weekend to Remember,” actually it is a “Week to Remember.” We call it “Holy Week.” It begins with Palm Sunday on April 14 and ends with Resurrection Sunday on April 21. It is a special time at church when we are very intentional about telling the story of God’s amazing love, mercy, grace and forgiveness dis-played in the suffering, death, and resurrection of Jesus. 

Holy Week is truly THE week to remember! 

Holy Week also provides a special opportunity for each one of us to be intentional about our personal relationship with God in Christ. Like in a marriage, if we allow that relationship to drift, it almost always drifts towards isolation, away from God, God’s Word, and God’s people. 

The Bible tells us, “Draw near to God, and God will draw near to you.” (James 4:8) That’s how relationships work. And the good news is—God has made the first move—born as a baby, liv-ing as a man, offering his life as a sacrifice for our sin, rising from the grave—all so we can be in personal relationship with God today and for all eternity. 

And the invitation is always there: “Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me.” (Revelation 3:20) 

Hoping and praying that every day, you are intentional about opening the door, and allowing God to bless you more and more with God’s grace, mercy, hope, joy and peace. 

May you have a very blessed “Week to Remember” – in Christ! 

Pastor Paul