A soul lost in Hell … or a scratch on your new car?

Your missing the worship service … or missing a day’s work?

A sermon 10 minutes too long … or lunch half hour late?

A church not growing … or your garden not growing?

Your Bible unopened … or your newspaper unread?

The church work being neglected … or housework neglected?

Missing a good Bible study … or your favorite TV program?

The millions who do not know Christ … or your inability to keep up with the neighbors?

The cry of the multitude for bread … or your desire for another piece of German chocolate cake?

Your offerings decreasing … or your income decreasing?

Your children late for Sunday school and Church … or late for public school?

Which really disturbs you most? —The Bible Friend


Consider this on your Lenten journey: Your sins were so disturbing to God that he would give his one and only Son Jesus to die for your sins and endure hell with your guilt. We pray during this Lenten season that the Lord would give us the Spirit-filled zeal for his word and to live according to his will.

At the sixth hour darkness came over the whole land until the ninth hour. 34 And at the ninth hour Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani?”—which means, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”

35 When some of those standing near heard this, they said, “Listen, he’s calling Elijah.”

36 One man ran, filled a sponge with wine vinegar, put it on a stick, and offered it to Jesus to drink. “Now leave him alone. Let’s see if Elijah comes to take him down,” he said.

37 With a loud cry, Jesus breathed his last.

38 The curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. 39 And when the centurion, who stood there in front of Jesus, heard his cry and saw how he died, he said, “Surely this man was the Son of God!” Mark 15:33-39


Keep Christ First!

Pastor Chris Christenson


Tan P. L. (1996). Encyclopedia of 7700 Illustrations: Signs of the Times (p. 1639). Garland, TX: Bible Communications, Inc.