"So we have stopped evaluating others from a
human point of view. At one time we thought of Christ merely from
a human point of view. How differently we know him now! This means that
anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is
gone; a new life has begun!"
2 Corinthians 5:16-17 (New Living Translation)
Dear Family and Friends:
The Extreme Makeover television shows offer viewers opportunities to see
homes and people transformed right before their eyes. By the end of the
show, the homeowner has a new living space; the person has a new style
which incorporates fitness and beauty techniques. As exciting as these
transformations can be, sustaining permanent change is often the
challenge. For the believer, real change is an inside-out process, not
the other way around. More importantly, this change is accomplished
through one way Ė Jesus Christ.
The scripture above explains that we know Christ differently; He who
once was a mortal that lived and served among men, is now the Savior of
the world with victory over death, sin and the grave. Our believing and
belong to Him makes us new people. Transformation through Christ doesnít
fade or revert back as a traditional make-over does; but it comes
coupled with new mercies on a daily basis.
As we continue to work for the Kingdom I implore all of you to embrace
the transformative power of Christ during this Lenten season. Our
efforts of sacrifice should show us that with and through Christ all
things are possible. Relying in our own strength, our own abilities, and
our own capacity to love will always leave us lacking. Yet, whatever we
need, Godís got it! Letís remember CeCe Winansí lyrics:
"His strength is perfect when our strength is gone
Heíll carry us when we canít carry on
Raised in His power the weak become strong
His strength is perfect, His strength is perfect!"
For our ministries and for each of you I am believing God for this year
to be one of bountiful blessings.
It is my prayer that you too will believe God for everything that He has
planned for you.
Pastor Marvin C. Zanders, II
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