New Life Sunday – Selection Sunday…

A few days ago I received an email blast from Carey Casey who is the President of the National Center for Fathering encouraging dads to fill out a bracket with their kids. I figured that would be simple and fun….so this year we entered two brackets on ESPN.
I am happy to announce to you that my bracket is ranking in the 29th percentile…meaning that 71% of all brackets are BETTER THAN MINE….
The girls on the other hand are presently ranked in the 98th percentile…less than 2% of brackets are better than the combined efforts of an 8 and 11 year old girl. If only they were old enough to gamble…..totally kidding….seriously, that was a joke….:).
I did very little to help them beyond explaining that the lower the number, the better the team and I told them to make sure to pick a few upsets. The “Lex n Soph” team selections sounded something like this: “Temple or UNC…Temple is in the Bible so let’s pick that…Wichita St. is closer to us so let’s pick that…”
Last night they rooted for Colorado St to beat MU and then found out this morning when they woke up that they had picked MU after all. If only they had been rooting for MU, maybe, just maybe they would still be in it :).
Making choices for teams in the big dance isn’t even a drop in the bucket. Choices are made all day, every day. Our priorities help to direct our choices. So as we head into Holy Week, it is significant for us to study some of the choices made by Jesus.
This Sunday, the sermon will be coming from Mark 14:1-11 which is the story of Jesus at the house of Simon the Leper. The events likely take place on the Tuesday in between Palm Sunday and the Crucifixion.
This is one of the final days that Jesus has on earth, so it is significant to note the people with whom  Jesus chooses to spend his time and also the activities on which Jesus chooses to spend His time. In a nutshell, we will see how Jesus chooses and defines his priorities.
Ultimately, we will be faced with one word that seems to permeate all of His choices: Grace. And that is something I need for my bracket…
Stay warm!
We are planning to livestream the service this Sunday. Watch your inbox and the New Life Facebook page: for details.
The parents meeting for Kid’s City scheduled for Sunday will be postponed due to weather. 


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