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    Sunday Sermon Recap!

    Good Wednesday to you.

    I often ask people (young and old), “What do you want to be if you grow up?” Most catch the humor of “if,” but not all. Still, it is an important question. Each of us is in the process of “growing up.” Ideally, we model ourselves after those we respect and admire. How many of us really want to grow up to be like Jesus?


    This past week we commemorated Palm Sunday. As Jesus entered that city amidst the accolades of His followers, He knew. He knew those same voices would soon be calling for his crucifixion. He knew his closest friends would abandon Him. He knew one of them would betray Him. He knew He would be arrested, tried convicted and sentences to die a most hideous death on a cross. He knew. He did it anyway, motivated by love which was manifested is sacrifice and service. He gave rather than get. He served rather than be served. He was obedient rather than dominant. He did it for you and me.


    Here is a person, Jesus, I respect and admire. Here is someone whose courage, commitment, dedication, service, sacrifice and obedience to a higher call inspires me to be a better person. Can you imagine what our community would look like if we all aspired to such greatness?


    What would happen if we sought to live the example Jesus provides, seeing every person as someone created in the image of God? And if we encounter someone that defies our sensibilities, rather than condemn or criticize, what if we hoped that they might see the image of God in us?


    Holy Week is a somber week for Christians. The burning of the cathedral of Notre Dame only adds to our lament. As sad as we may be, we have reason to hope. Jesus gives us that hope. He knew, and gave/served/obeyed out of love.  Striving to see others as being made in God’s image is key, but more importantly, praying others see God’s image in us. Let’s be like Jesus in all we do.


    Next week we will be celebrating the Resurrection of our Lord! Scriptures will include Isaiah 65:17-25 (Old Testament reading at first service), and Acts 10:34-43 (sermon text).


    Sermon Follow-up

    Awhile back, I started sending out emails that recapped the previous Sunday's sermon. I thought I'd post one from time to time here on my blog to see if anyone wanted to be added to the weekly email distribution.


    This past week we looked at the importance of “the right hand of God.” I began by asking you to think about what you would do if you had access to unlimited power. When I asked the men’s Bible study the same question, the first answer I got was “Abuse it.” While we know power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely, most people start out benevolently when given power – let’s end hunger, or disease. World peace is always a popular idea along with a return to civility in politics!


    There are over one hundred references to “the right hand of God” in scripture. If you studied them all you’d see a portrait emerge of power, authority, blessing, and judgment. In short, you would see a portrait of God’s sovereignty. Jesus is spoken of as being “seated at the right hand of God.” In the book of Acts, we even read of Jesus “standing” at the right hand of God, encouraging Stephen as he is being stoned. I went as far as to suggest that the power, authority, blessing and judgment represented by the phrase “right hand of God,” could easily be a metaphor for Jesus, Himself!


    If we take that perspective, then we do, indeed, have access to unlimited power as followers of Jesus! We are given a little bit of God’s power. If we faithfully handle that responsibility, I believe God will give us a little more. While earthly power can, and is routinely abused, even by those who claim to be acting on God’s behalf, God’s genuine power can never be abused – God won’t allow it!


    Now that you know you have access to unlimited godly power, what will you do to pursue it? I suggested continuing to cultivate your relationship with Jesus through spiritual exercises. The challenge is to continue to “spiritually exercise” daily.


    You may not be able to solve all the world’s problems, but with increased access to the unlimited power of God, you will be able to make a difference as you are transformed by the Holy Spirit because you are spiritually exercising on a daily basis.


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    Grace and peace,


    Pastor David


    Soul Exercises Revisited

    May I assume if you are reading this, you have committed yourself to “training your soul?” If you continue to read, I will assume a positive answer. Furthermore, I would encourage you to continue creating space for your five minutes of quite before the Lord each day. Today, I want to add to your training with the second “exercise” listed above – counting your blessings, counting five blessing a day to be precise. Last week, most of us celebrated the holiday of Thanksgiving. Thankfulness, or gratitude is essential in regards to our relationship with God. Ingratitude, I believe, is at the heart of a lot of pain and misery in our world today. What a shame! We have so much for which to be thankful!


    Life is filled with blessings, more blessings than we can could! However, I’d like you to give it a try. Now, I don’t want you to sit down and try to count them all at once; that would take too much time. But how easy would it be to count just five blessings? If you’re reading this, you have the blessing of internet access (well, that’s a blessing and a curse!). Second, you are blessed because you have a computer that gives you access to the internet! Third, you have the blessing of being able to see! Fourth, you are blessed with the ability to read! Fifth, you have life within you allowing you to read! See how easy that was!


    The second “soul” exercise on our list is beginning each day by counting five blessings, just five! You might want to start a list. I had one person, who was struggling with his current situation, and I encouraged him to start a list, and add five blessings each day. After a couple of weeks, his attitude shifted significantly! If you’re not a list writer, then train yourself to think of five blessings before you get out of bed in the morning. That’s  a great way to start the day. You might want to name your blessings before you spend your five minutes being still before the Lord in prayer. Ask God to help you think of all blessings he has given you, and just be quiet before him and listen!


    Counting your blessings, even just five a day, will make a huge difference in your life. It is a small exercise that pays big dividends. Remember, each exercise you incorporate into your life helps transform you into a closer representative of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ!


    Grace and peace,


    Pastor David


    Prayers for Sutherland Springs and more!

    The seeds of anger are planted very early in a person’s life. Disappointment, unmet expectations, blocked goals, fear and lack of control often lurk beneath the surface of one who is angry. If left unchecked, anger takes on a life of its own, and it becomes very destructive. It seems as if unbridled anger was at the core of Sunday’s horrific attack on the worshipping community in Sutherland Springs, Texas. I have no doubt that Jesus is still weeping, not just from this event, but all events where innocent lives are taken by misguided, hurting, angry, delusional individuals or groups. The question always comes up in times like this, “Where was God?”


    God is everywhere. God was present Sunday morning in that worshipping community. Why didn’t God prevent such an atrocity? That is a question I cannot answer. I am not God. However, I believe in a trajectory of history, a plan set in place before God spoke, “Let there be light.” I believe God is at work in and through history even when terrible things happen. No doubt, history is filled with examples of societies turning away from God and paying a tremendous price. When this happens, even the innocent are swept up in the path of evil and destruction. We can speculate on the nature of this murderer’s upbringing, and of those who contributed to his twisted and warped heart and mind, but that doesn’t bring back those whose lives were brutally cut short at a time of sacred worship.


    I would rather ask all who read these words to pray for that little worshipping community in Sutherland Springs; but let’s not forget last week’s tragedy in New York City. Nor the devastating events in Las Vegas, or the growing number of victims from such events throughout history! There is an answer – Jesus. As we who are apprentices of Jesus continue to be transformed into His image, pray for eyes to see those who are hurting. Pray for hearts willing to reach out to those in pain, and just maybe, we’ll find ourselves as part of the solution. Jesus said, “A new command I give to you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.” Let us commit our hearts and minds to this command, and trust that God is able to redeem even the most horrific acts for His glory and honor. Let us pray…


    Soul Exercises Revisited!

    As we close in on the year, I find myself reflecting back on the “Great Questions from the Bible” that have given shape to my preaching this year. While I’ve received lots of positive feedback on the series, I want to make sure we haven’t lost focus on our primary goal of becoming better apprentices of Jesus.  I like the word “apprentice” because it speaks to a relationship with a “Master.” For an apprentice to commit to a “Master,” an express intentionality is assumed. I want to be an apprentice to Jesus. I want my life to reflect the qualities I see in Jesus as I study the four Gospels. Jesus was never in a hurry; He always had time for others. Jesus was kind, thoughtful, and intentional in His relationships. I strive for such qualities. I freely admit, I am a work in progress. But as I said to someone recently, the best piano player in the world started by plunking a finger on a single key.


    So what “key” do I find myself plunking these days?


    Awhile back, I posted 15 “soul exercises” to encourage folk. Here they are, if you missed them:

    1. I will be still before God for 5 minutes a day
    2. I will begin each day by counting five blessings  
    3. I will read Scripture intentionally
    4. I will pray through Psalm 23 regularly
    5. I will pray for an enemy
    6. I will unplug occasionally (live a day without screens)
    7. I will slow down (ruthlessly eliminate hurry)
    8. I will remember to Play (keeping the Sabbath)
    9. I will reach out to someone beyond my comfort zone
    10. I will do something kind for someone who doesn’t like me
    11. I will share my faith with someone
    12. I will refuse to gossip
    13. I will be generous
    14. I will practice forgiveness
    15. I will trust God for all outcomes and stop worrying


    I thought I’d review each exercise in the weeks and months ahead starting with the first one: I will be still before God for 5 minutes a day.


    It sounds like an easy exercise unless you’re like me, a extrovert with A.D.D. tendencies. Being “still” is challenging for me.  What I have started doing is engaging in this exercise before I eat breakfast each morning. I sit quietly, acknowledge God’s presence, and pray for four things: Lord, help be draw closer to you; help me draw closer to my wife; help me be more effective for Your Kingdom; please let people see Jesus in me.  After I pray those four things, I simply ask, “How can I do that today?” Then I stop and listen. I listen for as long as I can or until my mind starts to wander. Sometimes God nudges me in a particular direction. Sometimes I get nothing. (Except a few minutes of being still before God!) At that point, I say “Thank you, Lord,” and I eat my breakfast! I find it is a great way to start my morning, being intentional in my “apprenticeship with Jesus.”


    I hope this encourages you to review the exercises above, pick one and start “plunking!”