Thursday, September 22, 2016

Greater Things

At every Olympics, world records are broken. At the Rio games, world records were set in the men's 400 meters, women's 10,000 meters, and the women's hammer throw. No doubt, the next Olympics will see more records fall. After all, that's the point of the Olympic motto: Faster, Higher, Stronger.

The disciples weren't worried about setting a record. They were worried about surviving. Jesus had just told them he was going to the cross, news that devastated the disciples to the core. Then Jesus told them:

"I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father." (John 14:12 NIV)

Greater things! What could Jesus possibly have meant by that? Find out this Sunday!

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Different School, Same Facts

Our partner school is in their third building in as many years, due to construction. One building was in a totally different part of town, one was old-one is brand new. The square footage and layout of each building was vastly different. To some degree, the staff and students are different. However, through it all....nothing changed about the facts being taught and learned. Two plus two still equals four, they're still looking for 'X,' and the alphabet still has 26 letters.

Throughout our lives, we, too, are in different places....sometimes in familiar, comfortable surroundings where we feel confident. Sometimes in new and different spots where we lose our way and feel ill at ease. And sometimes, what we thought was for sure is taken away. Sometimes it feels like a different school everyday as we face new circumstances.

But nothing changes about the facts being taught. God is still on His throne, He is still faithful, He goes with us through every step and we won't face anything that doesn't go through Him. Different school, same fact....with Him not our partner, but our leader, provider and comforter. Sometimes the lesson has to be taught again...but our Teacher always has the right answers.

Listen

There was an old advertisement for an investment firm called E. F. Hutton. Many people still remember the tag line: When E. F. Hutton talks, people listen. I never really understood that commercial until my retirement fund began to invest in stocks. I still don't understand the market, but if anyone says anything that in any way seems to help, I listen.

Jesus makes a statement in John 14:6 that needs to be heard. By everyone. In fact, it is a central truth. Your eternity depends on it. We'll read it Sunday.

See you there!

Thursday, September 8, 2016

HGTV

Who could have ever imagined the explosion of construction television, shows that detail the process of building, buying, remodeling and reselling homes? From This Old House and Fixer Upper to Tiny Houses and Flip or Flop, homes are big TV today. There are probably many reasons for this, but part of the reason for their popularity is that we all dream of improving our living space, whether it's buying a couple of new throw pillows or moving to the new subdivision.

Join us this week as we take a look at John 14:1-3 where Jesus uses that common trait (and an interesting allusion to weddings) to help us understand the marvelous hope we have in his grace.

See You Sunday!

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Thursday, August 25, 2016

Stop Arguing!

My sister and I were pretty good kids, but we did argue. A lot. About pretty much everything. So my parents, often and with great forcefulness would tell us to "Stop Arguing!" To be honest, we really didn't have that much to argue about, except my sister did take more than her share of the back seat of the car. I think, more than anything, we just got in the habit. We argued because that's what we had always done.

We weren't the only ones. The disciples had a tendency to argue among themselves, often about some of the most trivial things imaginable. They argued on more than one occasion about who among them was the greatest. In John 13:15-17, Jesus taught them a lesson they would never forget, that true greatness comes out of service.

See you Sunday!

Thursday, August 11, 2016

I Know You

I met a guy I hadn't seen for nearly twenty years. He had changed a little. Actually, he had changed a lot. I didn't recognize him at first. When he started talking, though, I remembered who he was. That's always awkward when you meet someone you are supposed to know, and you don't know them at first. In this instance, though, it didn't matter. He didn't remember me, either.

Jesus repeatedly shared an important truth we need to remember - when we know Jesus, we know God. This week we will see that this essential reality is revealed in John 12:44-46, a truth every person needs to know.

And remember.

See you Sunday!

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Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Seasons

It's beginning to cool down outside (although sometimes it certainly doesn't feel like it). The days are getting shorter, the summer flowers are slowly ceasing to bloom and school is about to start. It all points to another season about to occur. Soon the leaves will turn and fall, there will be a chill in the air, pumpkins will be picked and we'll start planning for Thanksgiving. And before we blink in Fall, winter will sneak up on us. The seasons come and go every year.

Similarly in our lives, seasons change. We graduate, get jobs, perhaps marry and have children, and sometimes seasons are tough, like winter's bite. Loved ones die, jobs end, illnesses appear, and disappointments come. Life, like the weather, is always changing--it's part of the cycle. Ben Franklin is attributed to saying, 'nothing is certain but death and taxes.' But is THAT really true? Jesus might return before the death of several, and lawmakers continually change the way taxes are collected. So what IS certain? JESUS is THE SAME, yesterday, today and tomorrow...no matter the season outside or in our lives. What a blessing. So thankful.