Midweek Message, March 14, 2018

“In the early morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house, and went away to a secluded place and was praying there.” Mark 1:35

 The word often means regularly. A lot. Jesus spent a lot of time alone with God. Why? Jesus needed to stay connected to the Father in order to be refreshed and recharged after the pressures of ministry. Knowing His ultimate purpose on earth was to go to the cross for our sins, Jesus also needed strength to continue walking in God’s will.

 Even though our most intense pressures and stress pale in comparison to what Jesus faced at the cross, we also need God’s refreshment, strength and encouragement in the face of life’s daily demands and anxiety. So how do we spend time with God? Where do we start?

  1. Remove Distractions. Silence your cell phone, close your laptop, turn off the TV – and ask God for a desire to know Him.
  2. Be Vulnerable. Pray and pour out your heart to God.
  3. Read God’s Word. God speaks, teaches and encourages us through the Word. If you want to know God, then read the Word.
  4. Join Others. The Bible speaks about the importance of community with other believers through corporate worship and small groups.

Jesus spent a lot of time with God the Father in order to be refreshed and recharged. The more time you spend with God, the more you will understand the power of God’s love that brings joy, fulfillment and purpose to life. So, ask God to help you prioritize time with God today.


  • Wednesday Night Lenten worship tonight at 6:30pm. Linda Petrilla shares her Faith Story.
  • UMW Spiritual Retreat on Saturday. Call the office for more information.
  • Habitat Work day this Saturday!
  • Silence is Golden! Can you help other worshipers stay connected with God by honoring silence during the quiet moments of worship? Please!

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