Thursday, May 18, 2017

Bullet Points

I'll admit it - when I'm reading an article, I often skim through the bulk of the writing until I reach the bullet points, that place where the author summarizes their main points. I figure, if they are going to tell me what I need to know in twenty-five words or less, why read the rest?

I'm guessing that's not exactly the reason why the author puts in the bullet points. They probably had some interesting things to say in the rest of the article. However, for those of us with short attention spans, bullet points are a blessing.

Paul provided some very important information to help the Corinthian church throughout his letters, but for those Corinthians with a short attention span, he provides a bullet list of five steps to a healthy church. We'll take a look this week in 1 Corinthians 16:13-14.

See you Sunday!

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Hi Mom!

It is tattooed on arms, written on poster board, and whenever the camera pans through the stands at a ball game someone will inevitably say, "Hi Mom!" It's not hard to figure out why - our moms are tremendously significant in our lives for a number of reasons, more than most of us can count.

Join us this week as we give thanks for our moms and read about the influence of one mom described in 1 Corinthians 16:10-11.

See you this Sunday!

Monday, May 8, 2017

I wanna go home....and so do they

Recently I was at a conference in Georgia. While I was enjoying weather with no rain and temps mostly in the 80's, back home they were NOT enjoying monsoon rains and very cool temperatures. I emphasized when I watched the news or talked to people in Springfield; however, it wasn't until I began the trip home that it really affected me.

I could fly....nope, delays and cancellations were the norm. I could drive....nope, road closures and detours dotted the map. I could walk....SERIOUSLY??? I tried multiple possibilities....fly into another town close to home, fly a different route....always the answer was no. Eventually, I hit upon the right answer and was able to make it home.

Many people are trying to find their way 'home,' to fill the empty spot in their souls They, too, find nothing works...not money, popularity, drugs, alcohol, etc. Many don't even know who to ask for help. As Christians, we have found our way, and we are commanded to find ways to help others also find THE Way, through Jesus. And He is the ONLY Way. "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me." John 14:6. God has a table set with a place just for them!


Thursday, May 4, 2017

Open Doors

We stopped to get gas in Arlington, Texas. The first gas station where we stopped was open, but did not have any gas. They were doing some construction that had forced them to shut down their gas pumps. The convenience store was open, but they had no fuel.

Realizing the car would not run on potato chips and beef jerky, we went down the road to the next station. The windows were dark, with iron bars covering not only the windows but the doors. From the road it not only looked closed for the day, it looked permanently shut down. On closer inspection, however, it actually was open - it just wasn't the best neighborhood. Not seeing another station close by, I stopped and filled the car - very quickly.

Paul was serving Christ in Ephesus, and having a terrible time. Everywhere he went he ran into opposition. Yet he writes the Corinthian believers about how excited he was to stay with the ministry in Ephesus, realizing that, despite the difficulty, God had opened a great door in the city (1 Corinthians 16:8-9). This week, join us as we learn how God opens doors even in difficult circumstances.

See you Sunday!

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

The Finish Line

Running long distance is a challenge. When I ran track, the biggest challenge for me was figuring out where to start and where to finish. When you are running on an oval track, to make the race fair, the different lanes have different starting positions so that everyone will end up running the same distance. To make things more confusing, because different events are held on the same track, there are several finish lines marked on the track. Knowing where to start and where to finish was essential to having any chance of winning the race.

Paul describes the start and the finish of ultimate victory in 1 Corinthians 15:54-58, concluding with the momentous statement "He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ." Join us this week as we discover that the start and the finish is found in Jesus.

See you Sunday!

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Thursday, April 13, 2017

What You Lose

Recently, a Norman Rockwell original painting called "Lazybones" was recovered by the FBI. Stolen back in 1976, the painting was recovered when the man in possession of the painting saw an FBI report and realized it was stolen. The FBI returned the painting to the family of its original owner, Robert Grant, who bought the painting for $100. When it was stolen, the insurance company compensated Mr. Grant $15,000. The painting is now worth an estimated $1 million. Mr. Grant passed away several years ago, but his daughter said, "He would be thrilled right now and beyond elated to get it back, because it meant a lot to him and he really enjoyed it and loved it and was proud of it." Get back a $1 million painting that I bought for $100 - I'd be thrilled, too.

Sometimes we don't know what we've lost. Paul wrote 1 Corinthians, in part, to remind Corinthian believers of the importance of the Resurrection of Christ. In 1 Corinthians 15:20-21, we discover what we would lose if the Resurrection was not true, and what we gain because it is. It's news worth celebrating this Easter.

See you Sunday!

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Thursday, April 6, 2017

Eyewitness News

With the development of taped (and then digital) video and satellite trucks, local news stations began calling themselves "Eyewitness News." The idea was that, as news happened, their reporters were there, taking video of the event, so that you could witness the crowning of the blue ribbon pie baking contest winner for yourself.

This week, Paul refers to eyewitnesses of the greatest event of all history, a reality that makes the Resurrection of Christ stand out from every other religious teaching (1 Corinthians 15:3-4). Join us this week as we celebrate the reality of the Resurrection.

See you Sunday!

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