A Message from Your Senior Pastor
32 Two others also, who were criminals, were led away to be put to death with him. 33 When they came to the place that is called The Skull, they crucified Jesus there with the criminals, one on his right and one on his left… 39 One of the criminals who were hanged there kept deriding him and saying, “Are you not the Messiah? Save yourself and us!” 40 But the other rebuked him, saying, “Do you not fear God, since you are under
the same sentence of condemnation? 41 And we indeed have been condemned justly, for we are getting what we deserve for our deeds, but this man has done nothing wrong.” 42 T hen he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.” 43 He replied, “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in Paradise.” (Luke 23:32-33,39-43)


Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

The second of Jesus’ seven last words are spoken to the penitent thief, “Truly, today you will be with me in Paradise.”

What prompts Jesus to say these words of hope to a condemned and dying man?

First, the crucified criminal confesses his sinfulness, “…we indeed have been condemned justly, for we are getting what we deserve for our deeds.”

The other man wants Jesus to save him. Sadly, he is unable or unwilling to take responsibility for his actions.

Penitence is the fist and hardest step to Paradise.

But true penitence is hard.

True penitence is hard because it requires being completely honest with ourselves.

True penitence is standing openly and honestly before God without excuses.

True penitence is standing before Jesus and saying, “Just as I am, without one plea; but that Thou blood was shed for me.”

The penitent thief makes no excuses. He acknowledges his sin. And then he says, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.”

In the Bible when God remembers, it is not simply bringing something to mind.

When God remembers, God acts to save.

In Genesis God remembers Joseph, languishing in an Egyptian prison, and acts to liberate him.

Four hundred years later in Exodus, God remembers the Hebrews languishing in Egyptian slavery, and liberates them.

When God remembers, God saves.

The penitent thief sees God in Jesus and asks to be remembered. And Jesus promises he will.

The same promise is for everyone willing and able to be penitent.

Grace & Peace,

Rev. Donnie Wilkinson
Help Us Continue Our Ministry
Even though our campus is closed, the ministry of Broadmoor United Methodist is still moving forward.

We are worshiping on Sundays at 10:00 a.m. via livestream , caring for our congregation through prayers and phone calls, feeding those in need at Red Stick Together, and helping parents minister to their children in this unprecedented time.

During this time, we ask that you please continue to give your tithes and offerings as an expression of love and gratitude to God for his many gifts and to support the ministries of your church. While this is a time of adjustment for us all, the church still needs your financial support, which makes our ministry possible.

There are three ways you can give safely at this time :

1. Text to give

2. Give online

3. Mail your gift to the church, 10230 Mollylea Dr.,
Baton Rouge, LA 70815

Please check out our new, updated GIVING page here for more information on how to support the ministries of Broadmoor .


You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God. (2 Corinthians 9:11)
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PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY
If you or a family member is sick, may have been directly exposed to the virus, or have traveled to a high-alert area (currently South Korea, Iran, Italy, Japan), please follow the CDC guidelines and refrain from attending public events during the 14-day incubation period.

WORSHIP
While meetings on campus are suspended, you can worship from the comfort of your home via our livestream on Sundays at 10:00 a.m.

SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASSES AND SMALL GROUPS
Adult Sunday School classes and small groups are invited to continue the church-wide study of The Covenant: A Lenten Journey . The self-guided curriculum can be found here . You can do this study with your family from the comfort of your kitchen table.

CONGREGATIONAL CARE
Our congregational care team remains committed to offering excellent care to our congregation but is suspending in-person visits to hospitals and nursing homes. If you get sick, have a death in the family, or have another emergency, please call the church office at 225-924-6269 and follow the prompts to leave a message for the pastor on call.

Please use this form if you have additional questions about Broadmoor United Methodist’s response to the coronavirus. You can also call Mary Saltzman at 225-924-6269.

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HOW YOU CAN HELP PREVENT THE SPREAD OF THE VIRUS
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