Whether you are gathering with family or friends or not, please allow me to help your heart be full. Your mind is already full and spinning – but we don’t have to allow our minds to dictate our hearts or your heart’s emotions.
The following are five ways to combat the craziness of life and give your heart a chance to win.
- Find a quiet spot in your house (the water closet, the garage or even a long walk to the mailbox) and reflect on God’s goodness. Fill your mind with the truth of on good God is. In spite of all the things happening in your world, be reminded of the fact that God has your best interest in mind…. No matter how it may feel.
- Reach out to a friend or family member (by text, phone, or letter) and remind them how important their friendship is to you. Ask for nothing. Have no agenda. Make no statement other than you value them for who they are and what they mean to you.
- Read Psalm 9:1 and tell someone close to you what God has done for you recently. Don’t choose someone who will think you’re nuts. Choose a person who also loves Jesus and will benefit from your words because you’re not looking for more tension – you’re looking for less.
- Send a gift (money, something simply sentimental, or bake/deliver a cake) to someone in need. Stop and consider the person in your life who needs an extra dose of care and make their day (or maybe their week).
- Stay off social media, turn the TV off and give people all your attention (even look into their eyes). Without a plan or agenda, see where it takes you. If it takes you nowhere, fine. If it leads to a significant conversation, great. No plan with no selfish exception. People used to do this a lot before the smartphone and it didn’t kill them. Try it.
Hope this helps make your holiday rich. If it helped, forward this onto some who could use it.
Are you willing to participate in a short term mission trip if God called you? Well, each of the signatures on this cloth have each told God that they’re “in” if He calls. In fact, several have already taken steps to learn more about upcoming trips next summer. Pretty awesome, huh? We think so too.
If you would like to sign YOUR name on this cloth, it will be in the church office all week before we frame it. It will be hung in the church office so we can remember to pray for each of these good people on a regular basis.
So, come on by this week. There is still room for your name!
September 7th, 2018
Hello my friend,
May I ask you a sincere question? Okay. Thanks. Now, please be honest. I mean super duper honest. Have you ever described the New Testament as all-about “grace” and the Old Testament as all-about the “law”? Have you ever wondered how the Old Testament could be so different than the New Testament? We contemplate scenes of Jesus healing and loving people in the NT but we can’t get out of our minds scenes from the Old Testament of God judging and killing.
If you’re like me, it’s too easy to see two very different divine approaches to mankind. But here’s the deal: the OT and NT share more things in common than most of us believe. WAY more!
This Sunday, we will be beginning a three week sermon series on the OT book of Nahum. That’s right… NAHUM! (You mean your life verse doesn’t come from Nahum?) The story about Nahum has to do with a very familiar city, Nineveh. (The Jonah and the “great fish” city). Yes. It’s back but the ending is MUCH different this time.
On display in Nahum is God’s great wrath but more than that, God’s great love and patience. And as you hear about the wickedness of Nineveh, you’re not only going to view the God of the OT as loving and patient, you actually may wonder why He didn’t destroy that city sooner.
My hope and prayer is that each of us will leave this Sunday with a more accurate view of God and a deeper trust in what He does and how He does it. Because, if we’re honest (and you said you would be), we often view God’s ways as TOO LATE. TOO EARLY. TOO HARD. And maybe even TOO SOFT.
Whether you can attend this Sunday or not, please take a minute and read the entire book of Nahum (a whopping three chapters). And for you overachievers, try tackling Jonah too – it will only help your perspective on who God really is.
See you Sunday @ Boulder Creek HS from 10-11.
September 14th, 2018
Hello my friend,
Confession time for me: I hate mean people. Okay – maybe that’s too harsh. I may not hate them but at times I wish they would contract the flu, for a year. Now before you start throwing rocks at me, I would guess that you have been there too. People do bad things, it often appears that they are getting away with murder and meanwhile we ask if God even has a clue.
This Sunday I will deliver a sermon that I have been wrestling with for five days. Actually, I’m still battling some of the sub-points right now, HOWEVER this much I know: the overall message can easily be applied to everyone us. Maybe now, maybe soon, for sure someday. Here is the thrust:
- Where is God and where is His justice when evil people commit evil acts?
- Is He even aware?
- When will He act?
- What’s His plan? Does He even HAVE a plan?
- Why does He allow innocent people to suffer?
This sermon will be practical, straight from the Bible and full of hope. So I ask you, who can you bring with you? Who in your life needs to hear this message?
I hope to see you and your friend on Sunday and as always, please take time to introduce me and Judi to him/her. Because your friend is our friend too.
Praying that God does something special on Sunday,
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