We’ve Always Done it That Way
October 13, 2019
Tell Me the Stories of Jesus: We’ve Always Done it That Way
Jesus came to give the world a new message…that we can have a personal relationship with the God of the universe…that we can find hope and wholeness amid the chaos and struggles of this life…and that we will find eternal life with Him in heaven. Jesus also gave us the command to take that new message to a world that is anchored in the past so that newness of life in Christ can be theirs, as it is ours. The parable of New Cloth on an Old Garment means we must learn to change and adapt to be effective in our witness to the communities around us. Trying to fit the unchurched into our mold will not reach them. Offering them a new way of doing life in ways that meet them at their need will.
No one sews a patch of unshrunk cloth on an old garment, for the patch will pull away from the garment, making the tear worse. 17 Neither do people pour new wine into old wineskins. If they do, the skins will burst; the wine will run out and the wineskins will be ruined. No, they pour new wine into new wineskins, and both are preserved.”
Enjoy your flight
October 6, 2019
Ready for Take-Off: Enjoy Your Flight
Having prepared us for the things we might face during the flight, the flight attendant makes one last statement: “Sit back and enjoy your flight and please let me know if you need anything.” Jesus also reminds us that He has prepared us for life so that we might have full lives of joy and, in that joy, can bear fruit as we share our faith and offer Christ to the world. And if we have need, he also reminds us He is with us…all we have to do is ask. So…its time for us to take flight, and to reach out in love and hope to all who need to know Jesus or who need a church family. Let us live our mission in the Joy of Christ Jesus!
“As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. 10 If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in his love. 11 I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. 12 My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. 13 Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. 14 You are my friends if you do what I command. 15 I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you. 16 You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last—and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you. 17 This is my command: Love each other.
Put On YOur own mask before helping others
Ready For Take-Off: Put on Your Own Mask Before Helping Others
September 29, 2019
Should there be a sudden change in pressure, oxygen masks will drop in front of you so you can have oxygen to breathe. The flight attendant warns you to put on your own mask first, and the then help your children put on theirs. Why? Because if you are not secure, you will not be able to help anyone else. There are two messages here, both of which we need to know in our spiritual lives. First: We must be prepared with the Word of God in our hearts and lives first. We cannot be ready to share the Word if we don’t have it first. Second: We must pass that Word on to our children and youth so that they, too, will be prepared to face the cares and pressures of life.
Love the Lord Your God
6 These are the commands, decrees and laws the Lord your God directed me to teach you to observe in the land that you are crossing the Jordan to possess, 2 so that you, your children and their children after them may fear the Lord your God as long as you live by keeping all his decrees and commands that I give you, and so that you may enjoy long life. 3 Hear, Israel, and be careful to obey so that it may go well with you and that you may increase greatly in a land flowing with milk and honey, just as the Lord, the God of your ancestors, promised you.
4 Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. 5 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. 6 These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. 7 Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. 8 Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. 9 Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.
10 When the Lord your God brings you into the land he swore to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, to give you—a land with large, flourishing cities you did not build, 11 houses filled with all kinds of good things you did not provide, wells you did not dig, and vineyards and olive groves you did not plant—then when you eat and are satisfied, 12 be careful that you do not forget the Lord, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery.