Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Bucket of Rocks

We have a bucket of rocks on our back porch. They are rocks we gathered 19 years ago when we dug a trench to put in a new electrical line. They are still on our porch because I am not sure what to do with them now. I don't want to dump them back in the yard. So far, I haven't found anyone who has any use for them. So we still have a bucket of rocks.

Most people understand that, if you want to plant a garden, rocks and weeds are not your friends. Jesus used that simple reality to illustrate two important truths we should know about our own lives, truths we will discover together this week in Mark 4:5-7.

See you Sunday!

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Everyone Loves a Story

Everyone loves a good story. Tonight, in millions of homes around the world, in hundreds of languages, children will put off bedtime with the simple request, "Read me a story." As our girls were growing up, this ritual was followed with another request, "Tell me a story." For the next few minutes, we would make up a story about a character of their choice, always ending with the same question and answer, "And what did they do next?" "They closed their eyes and went to sleep!"

Jesus was a master storyteller. He used what we often call "parables" as stories to illustrate important spiritual truths. Over the next few weeks, we are going to look at his Parable of the Sower (Mark 4), where Jesus used a familiar sight during his time - a farmer sowing his seed - to describe a spiritual truth people of every age need to know. Join us as we unpack this fascinating and important message.

See you Sunday!

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Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Overfilled

We witnessed a very real truth last week. Gutters have a purpose, but when that purpose isn't followed, it can create a huge mess. Gutters are supposed to fill up with rain, but then MOVE it. If the water isn't moved out as it's supposed to, its purpose fails. Just being filled with water does no good.

Similarly, Christians are not just to be FILLED, but to let God's love and grace flow OUT of them. It's one of our purposes. Every day we have opportunities to share His grace, His love, His goodness and His message. God forgive us when we are useless gutters!

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Understand This

In Mark 3:29, Jesus makes a profound statement about a sin that will never be forgiven. This frightening reality is something we all need to understand. Join us this Sunday as we start a new series from the Gospel of Mark by unpacking what has often been called "The Unforgivable Sin."

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Thursday, July 27, 2017

Big Ear

When I was in the fourth grade, my dad bought me a Big Ear for Christmas. Sold by Radio Shack, the Big Ear promised to allow you to hear sounds from hundreds of yards away: birds chirping, squirrels chattering, your big sister talking on the phone. The photo is of me in the fourth grade along with my teacher and a fellow student along with our rendition of a personal computer (the "Electro-Thinker") made out of a refrigerator box (circa 1970 Austin-American Statesman).



In reality, the Big Ear was a bit of a disappointment. The only birds I could hear were birds I could already hear, only with more static. The squirrels didn't seem to be chattering, and my sister never seemed to have any phone calls. Fortunately, we don't need a Big Ear to hear the God's message for our life. This week, we get to listen in to what Samuel heard God say, a message vital for his time and for ours (1 Samuel 3:1-18).

See you Sunday!

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Thursday, July 20, 2017

Faithful

I always thought it would be great to work in an ice cream shop. That was until I talked with someone who worked in an ice cream shop. I was going on about how great it must be to be surrounded with all flavors of ice cream when they stopped me and said, "It's great at first, but after awhile, you get sick of it."

So it goes with the things of this world. They may seem great at first, but after awhile you get sick of it. There is a deep longing for something more substantial, something with meaning, something that gives your life purpose. Join us this Sunday as we learn what Samuel discovered to be the secret to finding meaning in life, to living a godly life in a godless world (1 Samuel 2:22-25).

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Thursday, July 13, 2017

The Importance of Godly Parents

"Parents are important." That obvious statement should be even more obvious. The influence of parents in our lives cannot be overestimated. Recognizing the significance, most seek to be the very best parent they can be. Fortunately, the Bible provides clear instruction and examples of how to be a godly parent. In 1 Samuel 2:18-19, Elkanah and Hannah provide a simple story with a powerful example. Join us this Sunday as we learn the significance of godly parenting.

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