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Experiencing God’s Unfailing Love

By Dr. Bascom Ratliff

Pastor, Parker/Beagle/Fontana United Methodist Churches

The inspiration for today’s message is from: 

Psalms 118: 1-2 “O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his steadfast love endures forever! Let Israel rejoice, His steadfast love endures forever.”

During this Lenten season, I find great comfort in Psalm 118. I am reminded that the central theme of God’s word is that he loves us. In fact, he loves us so much that he sent Jesus as a messenger and sacrifice for our sins. As we continue through Lent, we celebrate the journey of Jesus. We celebrate our continuing search for an honest and authentic relationship with God and each other. We celebrate our membership in the family of God and we acknowledge the tremendous benefits that come from being a sheep in his fold.

I continue to talk with people who made it a point to give up something for Lent as a way of relating to the journey of Jesus and his temptations. I continue to encourage people to consider adding something rather than giving up something for Lent. As we continue our journey through Lent I urge you to consider adding more time to loving others. Consider the power that a phone call, a letter or card, or a visit might have. These small acts of kindness often have great impact on the recipients. And as we give credit to God and acknowledge our relationship, the impact can be tremendous.

I’ve come to believe that genuinely following Jesus through Lent is difficult. Dealing with temptation, giving up stuff, adding stuff, or focusing on the cross changes us. However, we have the assurance of Easter, the celebration of the risen Christ, and, the great joy that comes from knowing our sins are gone and we are right with God. Our difficulties pale in comparison to these wonderful rewards.

This month I encourage you to renew your efforts to open yourself to the love of God through Jesus Christ and the celebrations of God’s church. Begin experiencing your relationship with Jesus in a practical and tangible way. Experience the love of Christ firsthand by giving your time and attention to those who are suffering. Do a better job of giving food to the needy, water to those who are thirsty, and clothing to those who are naked. Visit people and share the good news of Christ. Become more of the doer. 

I believe that the fundamental message of Jesus is to do for others and care for those who are needy. Whether it’s a visit, a card, or a kind word, I challenge you during your Lenten journey to perform good deeds in the name of Christ.

God is very clear in his word that he loves us and wants us to love one another. What better way to demonstrate our love for God and others than to provide them with a Godly relationship, food or drink. This month (and always) do everything for the glory of God!


If you want to hear more about God’s wonderful promise of unfailing love and enjoy a great morning of music and fellowship, please come and worship with us.

We will worship at the Fontana United Methodist Church during March.

We will worship at the Parker UMC during April.

We will have Holy Thursday services at Fontana on March 28 at 7 p.m.

We will have Good Friday services at Parker on March 29. at 7 p.m.

Easter Sunrise services will be at Beagle on March 31 at 7 a.m.

Regular Easter services will be at Fontana  on March 31 at 10 a.m.

All regular Sunday services are at 10 a.m. 

All are welcome to worship in God’s House.  

Dr. Bascom Ratliff  (913-710-5748)

Pastor, Parker/Beagle/Fontana 

United Methodist Churches

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