Have you ever wondered why Easter is not on the same date every year like Christmas? The reason is quite simple, it coincides with the Jewish festival of Passover whose date is determined by moon cycles. The rule is that it is on the first Sunday after the first full moon after the spring equinox (March 21st).
I thought it might be helpful for me to share some thoughts and plans about my Sabbatical. Taking a sabbatical is something that I have been thinking and praying about for several years. This process has included talking with a number of other church leaders in other churches as well as the directors of Life Church.
At Christmas time, tradition and nostalgia appeal to many people. As I look back on over 50 years of Christmas memories I can reflect on the way my family celebrated Christmas as a boy and the changes we have made, first as Ann and I got married, then had our own children and now to new adaptations as we see our granddaughter growing in awareness of the season.
Recently I have felt stirred to go back and review some of the prophetic words that have been given to our church. There are dozens which have been recorded, going back over a period of 22 years. A common theme that weaves through many of these is that God has plans for us to grow and be a bigger church than might be expected for the size of our village. I believe that we need to lay hold of prophecies like that and believe them even though we don't yet see them being fulfilled.