Bellport United Methodist Church
Wednesday, March 29, 2017
He who abides in love, abides in God.
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St. Patrick used the shamrock to teach people about the Godhead. Holding up a shamrock, he challenged them, “Is this one leaf, or three?” Inevitably, people replied that it was both, prompting St. Patrick to draw the analogy that so, too, is God: one God in three Persons — the Holy Trinity.
St. Patrick Day Trivia
You may know that St. Patrick used shamrocks to teach about the Trinity, but did you know these other facts about him?
• St. Patrick wasn’t Irish. (His parents were Roman citizens living in either Scotland or Wales.)
• He was kidnapped and sold as a slave at age 16. After escaping six years later, he joined a monastery in England.
• March 17 is the date of St. Patrick’s death, not his birth. He died in 461 A.D.
• The color originally associated with St. Patrick is blue, not green.
• The harp, not the shamrock, is the national symbol of Ireland.
Wonder of Wonders
The world is filled with wonders, writes Nathaniel Olson. Consider chemistry: Salt is formed by two poisonous substances (sodium and chlorine). The alnico magnet, the world’s strongest, contains three nonmagnetic substances (aluminum, nickel and cobalt). And water consists of oxygen (which is flammable) and hydrogen (which burns easily); yet water puts out fires!
That pales in comparison to the wonder of salvation through Jesus. Every day, Olson writes, Jesus transforms filthy, hopeless sinners into new, forgiven creations. “On the skid rows of our cities, in wealthy and poor homes, in jungles … whenever any soul wants Christ, the wonder of the new birth is taking place.”
Our God is the true Wonder of wonders. “None can compare” (Psalm 40:5).
Are you getting “antsy” for spring? Using the clues provided,
fill in the spaces to complete these words that end in A-N-T.
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Many people enjoy making basketball picks in March, though their brackets are soon “busted.” Selecting every correct victor throughout the NCAA tournament would be quite a feat. According to Mental Floss magazine, if you flipped a coin for each game, the odds of achieving a perfect bracket would be one in 9.2 quintillion! By comparison, your odds of becoming president are one in 10 million, and your odds of bowling a perfect game are one in 11,500.
For odds that are less of a long shot, consider this: Your chance of living an imperfect life is one in one. Sin is the ultimate bracket-buster, and you’d be hopelessly lost without a Savior. “But thanks be to God, who gives [you] the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Corinthians 15:57).
Are you reluctant to bring the same prayers to your heavenly Father over and over? Maybe you don’t want to trouble God; after all, he already knows what you’re going to say. Plus, you’re not worthy to ask for anything!
If those thoughts surround you, think about Patrick, Ireland’s patron saint. At 16, he was dragged from his home to be a slave. Patrick tended sheep in the cold. Hungry and miserable, he begged God for mercy and deliverance.
In his Confession, Patrick recalls praying “a hundred times in the day and almost as many at night.” Without ceasing, he told God of his needs, wants, thanksgiving and confession. And God heard his prayers.
Pray relentlessly. God is always listening!