June 18, 2015
You may be missing out!
Our Sunday night services are a great encouragement to me. On Sunday nights the messages we have heard from our young men are outstanding. They have shared with us the spiritual highs and lows of their Christian walk. Their messages have been insightful and encouraging to hear. They challenge us to be better and more mature Christians. It is a wonderful thing to witness spiritual growth in our church family. I think if you are not making it to Sunday night services, you may be missing out!
“And let us consider how we may spur one another on towards love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another - and all the more as you see the Day approaching.” Hebrews 10:24-25
June 18, 2015
We Americans overload our conversations with superlatives. How often do you hear someone respond to something they’ve been told with the words “Amazing”, “Awesome”, “Great”, “Excellent”, “Incredible”, “Special”, or “Wonderful”? The overuse of these words diminishes their use when something truly unusual and beyond words comes into our lives.
Maybe we’re trying to be positive, which is good, but not excellent. Not everything deserves a superlative response. Maybe we want the person speaking to think we’re impressed with what they’re saying. Maybe we don’t have appropriate words for a response, something we should correct. Maybe we haven’t thought about who or what de-serves a superlative response.
In the Bible, all of these words refer to God, His character and His works......
May 28, 2015
Jesus began to stretch and challenge his chosen followers soon after the death of his cousin John the Baptist. It was now solely and exclusively Christ’s ministry.
Mourning the loss of John, Jesus went to be alone. However, it was not the will of his Father for Jesus to grieve. Hurting, needy, inquisitive, people constantly besieged him. With compassion, Jesus met their needs.
Later in the day towards evening, reality began to set in with his disciples. It was late; they were most likely hungry and tired from the long day of loss and activity. Logic urged them to send all these people away; it was time for them to find shelter and food. They expressed this to Jesus and he said, “”They don’t need to go away. You give them something to eat!”
No easy task! There were 5,000 men to feed along with women and children. His followers replied, “We have only five loaves of bread and two fish.” I have no doubt Jesus already knew this. Never passing up the opportunity for a teachable moment, He took the bread and fish, gave thanks to his Father and divided it among the hungry crowd.
Having met the needs of the many, once again Jesus longed to be alone. He made his followers get into the boat. He wanted them to ....
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